Professor Paul Donaldson
University of Auckland
School of Medical Sciences
I am an epithelial transport physiologist by training who has focus on the epithelial tissues in the eye and in particular the ocular lens. My research in the lens seeks to understand how the properties of ion channels and transporters at the molecular and cellular level contribute to the overall optical properties of the lens and how the dysfunction of these transport proteins lead to the onset of lens cataract, the leading cause of blindness in the world today. To facilitate this research we are developing a computer model of the lens that links its cellular physiology to its optical properties. This model will aid our long term strategy to design medical therapies to treat lens cataract.
Honorary member: Department of Physiology, School of Optometry and Vision Science, Auckland Bioengineering Institute