Ravi Bakaraju
Ravi C Bakaraju PhD

E: ravi@nthalmic.com

Associate Professor Ravi C Bakaraju is the founder and chairman of nthalmic.

 

Previously, Ravi held senior executive roles at the Brien Holden Vision Institute as Head / Deputy Head of Research & Development, where he oversaw all the institute’s translational research projects and innovation activities from 2017 to 2019.

 

Ravi is a lead inventor on numerous granted patents and several active patent applications around novel lens designs and concepts spanning myopia control technology, novel presbyopia correction and other innovative vision correction platforms. The Research & Development team led by Ravi developed innovative vision correction products that have translated into multiple commercial licenses for his previous employer.

 

Over the years, Ravi has co-authored 40+ peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts in the areas of visual optics, optical modelling techniques, presbyopic contact lenses, peripheral refraction, model eyes and general ophthalmic instrumentation.  He has also co-authored about 65+ scientific abstracts. Ravi regularly presents at national and international venues.

 

Ravi has been a recipient of numerous international awards for his research accomplishments; which include the notable American Optometric Foundation’s William Ezell Fellowship in 2009; runner-up for 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science in 2014; and the prestigious Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish outstanding young scientist award from the American Academy of Optometry in 2015. He was awarded a distinguished certificate of recognition for outstanding achievements by the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute Alumnus in 2016.

 

Ravi is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), a member of Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), a member of British Contact lens Association (BCLA) and a member of International Society for Contact Lens Research.

Through his visiting appointment as a conjoint Associate Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, he currently supervises PhD candidates. Ravi is a voluntary anonymous reviewer for more than a dozen peer-review high-impact factor scientific journals.

 

Ravi was educated at the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani, India (through Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad) graduating with a Bachelors in Optometry and Vision Sciences (2006). He topped his class with outstanding CGPA 9.73/10; he later earned a PhD in Optometry and Vision Sciences, working on a dissertation’ Optical performance presbyopic contact lenses using schematic and physical model eyes’, from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2010. Following which, he served at the Brien Holden Vision Institute in numerous roles from 2010 to 2019.

Klaus Ehrmann
Klaus Ehrmann PhD

E: klaus@nthalmic.com

Associate Professor Klaus Ehrmann is a co-founder and the Director of Technology at nthalmic. He has more than 25 years of experience in ophthalmic technology and instrumentation. Previously, Klaus served as the Director of Technology at the Brien Holden Vision Institute, where he was responsible for the development of numerous specialised instruments in the field of optometric science and research.

 

Trained as an engineer in Mechatronics, his expertise stretches across the full range of engineering disciplines from optics to mechanics, software and electronics that is necessary to conceive and implement solutions that best serve the presented challenge. Since the start of his professional career as an apprentice, Klaus has maintained closed links and collaboration with industry and manufacturing, providing him with insights and guidance when it comes to the development of products in a competitive marketplace. Working for three years at the German National Measurement Institute added essential skills in regulatory processes.

 

Klaus has published 65+ papers in peer review journals and is a co-inventor on 20+ patents spanning the areas of vision correction devices and ophthalmic instrumentation. He regularly presents his work at international ophthalmic or technical conferences and has been invited speaker or session chair at several of them. Klaus is a member of the International Standard Organisation working group responsible for the development of standards for intra ocular and contact lenses. He is also a member of several professional associations: SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics); ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology); AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science); and ISCLR (International Society for Contact Lens Research).

 

Klaus’ achievements have been recognised by the British Contact Lens Association by honouring him with the Da Vinci Award in 2000. In 2009, he won the J Lloyd Hewett Award for his publication on his Ex-vivo Accommodation Simulator instrument. The German Vereinigung Deutscher Contaktlinsenspezialisten presented him with the “Peter Abel Wissenschaftspreis” in 1998 for his outstanding scientific research contribution in the field of contact lens metrology.

 

Through his visiting professorial appointment at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, he successfully supervised five PhD (and one MSc) candidates between 2006 and 2012. Klaus currently supervises three PhD students enrolled through the School of Optometry. He regularly reviews manuscripts for several scientific journals.

 

Klaus was educated at the University of Aalen (Germany) graduating 1986 with a BSc in Mechatronics, the University of Cranfield (UK), completing an MSc 1988 in ‘Innovative Design for Manufacture of Machine Systems’, and at the University of New South Wales (Australia), where he earned a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 1997. Before Joining the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Klaus held several R&D positions in industry and government organisations in the USA, Israel, Germany and the UK.

Kah Ooi Tan
Kah Ooi Tan MBA PhD

E: kahooi@nthalmic.com

Adjunct Professor Kah Ooi Tan is a co-founder and the Director of Business Development at nthalmic. Prior to this, he served as a Business Development Director at Brien Holden Vision Institute and CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute (China) from 2014 to 2019. In these roles, he was responsible for developing and establishing research and business partners in different regions, especially Asia, and commercialisation with industry partners.  He was also involved in introducing myopia management symposium in Asia.

 

Before joining the Institute, Kah Ooi held an academic position as Associate Program Director of the University of Manchester’s Optometry Program in Singapore; Honorary Lecturer, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester (2009 to 2014); and worked in different management and commercial positions in CIBA Vision/Novartis, Ocular Sciences and CooperVision for Greater China and Asia-Pacific region between 1993 and 2009.

 

Kah Ooi currently serves as the President of Asia Optometric Congress, treasurer of Singapore Optometric Association, lifetime member of the Association of Malaysian Optometrists, Professional Advisor of Korean Optometric Association, professional committee of the China Optometric and Optical Association, member of Editorial Board of ‘Clinical and Experimental Optometry’, Adjunct Professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) and Visiting Professor at Management and Science University in Malaysia.  Previously, he also held an Adjunct Associate Professor at School of Optometry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2009 to 2015) and the committee member of World Council of Optometry for Asia-Pacific for the Legislation, Regulatory and Standard Committee from 2009 to 2011. Kah Ooi is a Fellow of the British Contact lens Association (BCLA).

 

Kah Ooi is a committee member in the myopia white paper coordinated by the International Myopia Institute on ‘Industry Guidelines and Ethical Considerations for Myopia Control Report’, published in IOVS in Feb 2019. Kah Ooi’s main interests are in contact lenses, optometric management and business aspects of optometry particularly the trend and evolution of the optical industry in Asia.

 

Kah Ooi was educated at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) graduating with a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) in 1988, he later earned a PhD in Optometry and Vision Sciences, working on a dissertation ‘Human Tear Film Under the Open and Closed Eye Conditions,’ from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 1993. Kah Ooi also earnt an MBA degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in 1998.

Fabian Conrad
Fabian Conrad PhD

E: fabian@nthalmic.com

Dr Fabian Conrad is a co-founder and the Director of Operations at nthalmic. Fabian has previously held senior roles at the Brien Holden Vision Institute, where he was responsible for various technology development and data analysis projects as well as the translation of technology from concepts to manufacturable products.

 

Fabian has a lifelong passion for technology, software development and data analytics. His expertise spans from finite element analysis to simulate the mechanics of contact lenses when on eye to modelling myopia outcomes and predict progression, based on large data sets. Fabian believes that ophthalmic research, particularly in myopia control, will not be exempt from the requirement to utilise advanced data science to evolve in a world that is becoming increasingly data-driven. Fabian’s research focuses on advancing our ability to collect, process and analyse large amounts of data.

 

Fabian has published several papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, more than 30 scientific abstracts and is a co-inventor on patents in the areas of software for characterisation of vision correction devices, corneal reshaping, quality control and lens design. He is also a reviewer for several scientific journals. The British Contact Lens Association recognised his accomplishments with the Da Vinci Award in 2010. Fabian regularly presents his work at international ophthalmic or technical conferences and has been invited as a (keynote) speaker at conferences globally.

 

Fabian was educated at the University of Applied Sciences (Germany) graduating with a Diploma in Optics / Optometry in 2006, he later earned a PhD in Optometry and Vision Sciences, working on a dissertation in the area of ‘finite element analysis of soft lens orthokeratology’ from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2010.

Darrin Falk
Darrin Falk MBiomedE

E: d.falk@nthalmic.com

Mr Darrin Falk is a Senior Technology Officer at nthalmic. Previously, Darrin has served as the Senior Technology Officer for the Brien Holden Vision Institute, where he was responsible for the development of new clinical, metrology, optical and other scientific instrumentation and software. With a passion for engineering, he has gained extensive experience in electronic, software, mechanical, optical and biomedical engineering. Darrin has supervised and provided guidance, teaching and technical assistance for PhD and MSc students and has actively participated in the design, planning and execution of scientific research projects.

 

Working in the ophthalmic field over the past 20 years, Darrin has developed numerous instruments and software applications. One notable highlight is a novel peripheral ocular wavefront aberrometer capable of measuring 11 fields in under 500ms. This instrument has been used in 25+ clinical trials, and data from the device has been used in 20+ publications. Other instruments include an OCT-based contact lens profilometer, a lens power mapping instrument, a liquid-jet aesthesiometer and an optically equivalent model eye used to evaluate the optical performance of intraocular and contact lenses. Software developed by Darrin includes applications for optical design, metrology, instrument control, data analysis, databasing and embedded systems.

 

Darrin holds an academic appointment as a conjoint Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, where he currently supervises a PhD candidate.

 

Darrin is a co-inventor on 3 patents, and co-authored 8 papers and 20+ scientific abstracts in the areas of contact lenses, vision correction devices and ophthalmic instrumentation. Darrin was educated at the University of New South Wales, graduating with a Master of Biomedical Engineering (2012). He also holds trade qualifications as an Aircraft Mechanic in Avionics and worked in this role at Qantas Airways before moving to the ophthalmic field in 2000.

Cathleen Fedtke
Cathleen Fedtke PhD

E: c.fedtke@nthalmic.com

Dr Cathleen Fedtke is the Principal Research Scientist at nthalmic.

 

Cathleen has previously held roles at the Brien Holden Vision Institute as Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager where she was responsible for several research projects that involved optical modelling, prototyping, metrology and clinical feasibility testing of ophthalmic lens products.

 

Cathleen has co-authored 20+ publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, co-authored 30+ scientific abstracts, is a co-inventor of numerous granted patents and has presented at several national and international conferences on the topics of myopia, peripheral refraction, ophthalmic instrumentation, myopia control, vision correction devices and optical modelling.

 

She has an appointment as a Visiting Fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, where she has co-supervised three PhD students.

 

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), a member of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and a voluntary anonymous reviewer for several peer-reviewed scientific journals.

 

Cathleen graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of Applied Sciences in Germany (Aalen) in 2006, before completing her PhD at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the University of New South Wales in Australia (Sydney) in 2011. Her PhD topic specialised in the optical design of a new global aberrometer, which, being dedicated to the measurement of peripheral refraction profiles, can be of application to the better understanding and monitoring of myopia development and progression.

Daniel Tilia
Daniel Tilia PhD

E: d.tilia@nthalmic.com

Dr Daniel Tilia is the Principal Research Optometrist for nthalmic. Previously, Daniel has served as the Clinical Research Manager for Brien Holden Vision Institute, where he was responsible for overseeing clinical research activities for over 30 local and international clinical trials, between 2016 and 2019. Between 2006 and 2019, Daniel served as Principal Investigator in 35+ trials and as a team member in 175+ clinical trials.

 

Daniel has published 25+ papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals spanning the areas of contact lenses, lens care solutions, vision correction devices and ophthalmic instrumentation. He has over 40+ scientific abstracts and regularly presents his scientific work at various national and international optometric conferences. He is registered to practice optometry in Australia and New Zealand. Daniel is a member of several professional associations: Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA); Optometry Australia (OA); Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO); fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO); and fellow of the British Contact lens Association (BCLA).

 

Daniel is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy through the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. Daniel serves as a clinical supervisor for optometry undergraduate candidates at UNSW. Daniel is a voluntary anonymous reviewer for a few key peer-review scientific journals.

 

Daniel was educated at UNSW, graduating with a bachelor’s in optometry (1990). Daniel earnt a master’s degree in optometry through UNSW in 1999 and a graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics from UNSW in 2012. Daniel was in clinical practice for over 16 years. Following which, he served at the Brien Holden Vision Institute in numerous roles from 2006 to 2019.

Jennie Diec
Jennie Diec BOptom (Hons)

E: j.diec@nthalmic.com

Ms Jennie Diec is a Senior Research Optometrist at nthalmic.

 

Previously, Jennie has served as a Senior Research Optometrist for Brien Holden Vision Institute, where she held principal investigator responsibilities overseeing a broad range of clinical research activities for local and international clinical trials related to myopia, presbyopia, and dry eyes.

 

Between 2006 and 2020, Jennie acted as Principal Investigator in 20+ trials and as a core clinical team member in 150+ clinical trials. Further, she was also involved in extensive training and mentoring of junior clinical research staff over the last 5-7 years.

 

Jennie is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed papers, conference abstracts, a book chapter and industry publications and has presented at both local and international conferences extensively. Her work spans the areas of contact lenses, lens care solutions and vision correction devices.

 

Jennie was the NSW president of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia and continues as a committee member. Jennie obtained both her optometry degree and a graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics from the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales. She is registered to practice optometry in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Jennie has also worked as a clinical supervisor and examiner to undergraduate optometry students at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, and developed a series of training resources for use within the undergraduate program. Prior to 2006, Jennie worked in private practice.

Eon Kim
Eon Kim PhD

E: e.kim@nthalmic.com

Dr Eon Kim is a Senior Biomedical Engineer at nthalmic.

 

Previously, Eon has served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Brien Holden Vision Institute, assisting with the development of technology and metrology instrumentation to facilitate measurements of a broad range of vision correction devices.

 

She was responsible to project-manage translational research activities related to myopia and presbyopia solutions, involving extensive optical modelling, advanced optimisation techniques, innovative prototyping, and metrology evaluation of a range of ophthalmic products.

 

Eon gained substantial programming experience in software development and has equipped herself with specialised skills in driving a range of dedicated ophthalmic instrumentation with custom-written software. With 10+ years of experience in ophthalmic research, she also gained experience in optical modelling and designing, image analysis, statistical analysis, and interpretation of data into clinically relevant information from various ophthalmic instruments.

 

Eon has published a number of papers in peer reviewed scientific journals in the areas of properties of contact lenses, from optical to mechanical and material properties. She has presented at international conferences and is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and a member of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation engineers (SPIE).

 

Eon was trained as an engineer with a Bachelor of Computer Engineering and a Master of Biomedical Engineering from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2005. She later earned a PhD in Optometry and Vision Sciences (UNSW), working on a dissertation ‘in vivo assessment of sub-epithelial vision correction device’ awarded in 2013.

Kathy Laarakkers
Kathy Laarakkers

E: k.laarakkers@nthalmic.com

Ms Kathy Laarakkers is a Clinical Administrative Assistant at nthalmic.

 

Previously, Kathy has served as Database Coordinator, Inventory Manager, Quality Control Administrator and Clinical Coordinator within the Clinical Research and Trial Centre of the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

 

Prior to 2001, Kathy also served as a Laboratory Assistant and served in Data Entry / Compliance roles at the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit (CCLRU).

 

Kathy has proven skills in designing and building clinical trial databases for small and large-scale clinical trials. She is a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of experience in the ophthalmic discipline. Kathy’s extensive experience spans all facets of the administrative processes involved in supporting clinical trials, including liaison with ethics committees and other regulatory bodies, as well as the day-to-day running of clinical trials and supporting to maintain necessary compliance standards as per regulatory requirements.

 

Kathy is a dedicated and meticulous individual with extensive experience in clinical administrative, secretarial, and clerical tasks. Given her kind-hearted personality, she particularly enjoys internal stakeholder engagement as part of her role at nthalmic.

In her previous roles, she was also responsible for organising meetings, roaster management, as well as training new hires on inventory management, patient scheduling, and clinical database management.

Neilsen de Sousza
Neilsen de Souza BVis.Sci/B.Optom (Hons)/MPH

E: n.desouza@nthalmic.com

Mr Neilsen De Souza is a Senior Business Associate at nthalmic. Prior to this, he served as the Global Business Director and Executive Manager at the Brien Holden Vision Institute from 2011-2019, where he led social enterprise, professional development education and business development programs.

 

An accomplished business strategist with extensive program and stakeholder management experience, Neilsen has developed and implemented forward-thinking plans that have successfully achieved social and commercial objectives. He has worked globally to establish a network of international entities in emerging markets that deliver vision care services, support supply chain systems and implement technology solutions

 

Neilsen has extensive education, training and skills development experience– directly training over 5500 practitioners, 60 academics and 40 trainers across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. In turn, a further 40,000 practitioners were trained by local trainers.

 

Neilsen has a passion for developing education and technology solutions to enable equitable access and implementing models to scale vision care services. He holds a Bachelor of Vision Science, Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) and Master of Public Health.

Dicky Yip
Dicky Yip BPharm

E: d.yip@nthalmic.com

Mr Dicky Yip is a Commercial and Regulatory Advisor at nthalmic. Prior to this, he served as a business development advisor at Brien Holden Vision Institute (China).

 

Mr. Dicky Yip has 30 years of experience in the local and multinational ophthalmic and pharma industry in China. He has completed over 20 product registrations through complex regulatory pathways for both pharmaceutical and medical device products in China. His career accomplishments span across various business development activities, marketing, regulatory affairs, medical communications, and the establishment of new businesses across the Asia-pacific region. He has a successful track record in securing funding for investment in start-up businesses, developing commercial and technology collaborations and partnerships, and mapping regulatory strategies for the industry.

 

With a paradigm shift in optical retail business in China, he has been involved in the conceptualisation of optometric practice models in China and has co-founded the Asia Optometric Management Academy where he currently serves as the vice-president & secretary-general.

 

Dicky is a National Licensed Pharmacist who graduated from China Guangdong Pharmaceutical University in 1992. He started his career as a Hospital Pharmacist, R&D Manager before joining Novartis Group (China): He was a founding member of the ophthalmic unit at CIBA Vision (China), the ophthalmology business unit at Novartis Pharma (China), the ophthalmologic surgical business unit at CIBA Vision (China) and has managed and launched the Photo Dynamic Therapy project in China. Then he also worked as Regulatory Affairs Consultant for various contact lens companies.

Jennifer Sha BOptom/BSc (Hons)

E: j.sha@nthalmic.com

Ms Jennifer Sha is a Research Optometrist and Regulatory Affairs Associate at nthalmic.

 

Previously, Jennifer served as a Senior Research Optometrist for Brien Holden Vision Institute, where she was involved in a broad range of clinical research activities primarily related to myopia and presbyopia.

 

Between 2013 and 2021, Jennifer acted as Principal Investigator in 6 trials and as a team member in over 20 trials. She was also involved in mentoring and training of clinical staff and was responsible for equipment maintenance.

 

Jennifer has published a number of papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the area of soft contact lens performance. She has also presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting and British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Conference.

 

Jennifer graduated from UNSW in 2011 with a combined Bachelor of Optometry/Bachelor of Science with Honours. Prior to becoming a research optometrist, she worked in corporate optometry practice in Canberra.

Karen Lahav-Yacouel PhD

E: k.lahavyacouel@nthalmic.com

Dr Karen Lahav-Yacouel is an Optics and Vision Scientist at nthalmic. She has over 20 years of experience in the optometry field and has recently completed her PhD. Karen’s dissertation focussed on the design and development of a novel contact lens technology for the correction of presbyopia. Over the last 5 years, Karen developed new skills, including but not limited to theoretical modelling of the contact lens designs, advanced optical modelling using schematic eyes, and design of the clinical framework to evaluate the prototype designs.

 

After graduating from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons), Karen worked in private practice, returning to UNSW to pursue her passion for teaching and giving back to the profession. She completed her Master of Optometry, while working as a staff optometrist at the school of optometry, running the low vision clinic at the school and Guide Dog’s Association. She then ventured overseas where she worked in private practice and as a Senior Research Optometrist at several start-up companies.

 

Karen is a co-author in several peer-reviewed papers, scientific abstracts, and a co-inventor in patents. She has presented at both local and international conferences, covering areas of vision correction devices, contact lenses and low vision.

 

Karen is a voluntary reviewer for peer reviewed scientific journals, a member of the Optometry Association of Australia, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA).

Nhu Dinh BE(Hons)/MBiomedE

E: n.dinh@nthalmic.com

Ms Nhu Dinh is a Biomedical Systems Engineer at nthalmic.

 

As a Dean’s Honours List student and recipient of the UNSW Faculty of Engineering Elite Interstate Women Scholarship, Nhu has recently completed her Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering with First Class Honours and Masters of Biomedical Engineering with Excellence.

 

Nhu completed her Master’s thesis on the feasibility of a vibration device for dry eye disease treatment. Her thesis detailed the investigation of different methods of vibration, the development of a functional prototype and the completion of preliminary testing on consenting researchers, winning one of four awards at the annual UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering Industry and Thesis Poster Night. Throughout her studies, Nhu also worked as a casual academic at UNSW, teaching and mentoring students across the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and School of Computer Science and Engineering.

 

With her passion for technology, electromechanical systems and biomedical devices, Nhu has previously worked in various roles and industries, including Rail Systems Engineering and Safety Assurance at Jacobs, Robotic Software Engineering at Contactile and Hullbot, and as Cofounder of ed-tech company Gage Ventures. Through these roles, Nhu is experienced in client-centric research and development, project management, rapid prototyping, systems integration and V&V.

Claudia Bishop BSc

E: c.bishop@nthalmic.com

Ms Claudia Bishop is the Senior Clinical Research Associate at nthalmic.

 

Claudia has 20+ years of Clinical Trials and Research experience in the ophthalmic, oncology and diabetes therapeutic areas. Her expertise is in trial coordination, compliance and project management having worked on multi centred trials both nationally and internationally.

 

Claudia has most recently held a Clinical Trial/Project Coordinator role at Western Sydney University managing NHMRC funded trials in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus as well as the Pasifika Preventing Diabetes Programme. She has previously coordinated oncology trials at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre as well as holding several roles at the Brien Holden Vision Institute including Facility Compliance Manager where she managed the operations and logistics of the Facilities ensuring all aspects of compliance, quality and risk management were met. Claudia also holds a casual Clinical Research Associate role at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Sydney.

 

Claudia is passionate about clinical trials and compliance and has mentored several staff in clinical trials methodology, including those who are clinical (medical, nursing, and allied health) and non-clinical.

 

Claudia holds a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology and History and Philosophy of Science) from the University of Sydney.

 

She is the recipient of the 2021 Best Research Support Award – Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Eunice Kok BE

E: e.kok@nthalmic.com

Ms. Eunice Kok is a Biomedical Engineer at nthalmic.

 

Eunice has been awarded Dean’s Honour Roll multiple times for outstanding academic performance throughout her university education and graduated with 1st Class Honours as a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from UNSW, Sydney. She was also awarded the NCV Engineering Academic Award for receiving the highest marks in her discipline.

 

During her studies, she worked as an academic tutor at UNSW and taught additive manufacturing courses to engineering students. Alongside Dr. Xiaoping Li, she also developed a machine learning model for an in-situ additive manufacturing process.

With a competitive nature and a passion for engineering design, she participated in a solar electric racing car team (Sunswift) and an industrial robotics competition (the Maker Games) achieving 2nd place overall at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 and winning a bronze medal for each competition, respectively.

 

Eunice has a diverse range of experience in the engineering industries, having worked in German Malaysian Medical Industries (GMMI) where she designed and optimised medical devices. She also worked as an assistant project engineer in CLP Group, one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific.

Praveen Kumar Bandela PhD

E: p.bandela@nthalmic.com

Dr Praveen Bandela is a post-doctoral fellow at nthalmic.

 

Praveen has recently completed his PhD in Vision Science from the University of New Soth Wales. His research experience over the past ten years focused on the Optics of the eye and the effects of irregular optics on visual functions. After his bachelor’s degree in Optometry, he worked as a consultant Optometrist in India for five years, where he was involved in research, clinical care, and teaching.

 

He has developed software programs and tools for various visual functions. His work was published in peer-reviewed international journals. He presented at national and international conferences. He is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the Society of OPTICA. He is also a voluntary reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals.

Catherine Liew

E: c.liew@nthalmic.com

Catherine Liew is an undergraduate biomedical engineer at nthalmic.

 

Catherine is currently studying computer engineering and biomedical engineering at UNSW, with an inclusion on the Dean’s Honours List. She enjoys creating things and solving interesting problems and has an interest in making games. Catherine also enjoys teaching and has worked as a casual academic at UNSW, tutoring computer science topics, and has experience in private tutoring of high school maths.

 

She has been part of societies at university, serving on the executive team of the Biomedical Engineering Students’ Society and the Rehabilitation Engineering Society (formerly Engineering World Health UNSW). During that time, she contributed to the smooth running of the society and helped organise events for students to enjoy. Catherine has also started a personal website but it’s been years and it hasn’t gotten further than a ‘coming soon’ screen with a dog picture on it (though it’s a cute dog).

Baasim Ullah BE

E: b.ullah@nthalmic.com

Baasim Ullah is a Software Engineer at nthalmic.

 

Baasim holds a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering with Honours and a Bachelor of Computer Science at UNSW, reflecting his passion for understanding how things work and exploring new technologies.

 

During his time at UNSW, Baasim worked as a casual academic, providing tutoring and guidance to students in robotics subjects, ranging from creating basic prototype robots to writing computer vision programs. He also held a position as an executive of CREATE UNSW, a society dedicated to supporting the maker culture at UNSW by providing components and tutorials for STEM-based DIY projects.

 

As a member of Redback Racing UNSW which is UNSW’s FSAE team, Baasim contributes to the design and manufacturing of a formula-style race car. Within the team, he serves as a project manager for the Autonomous Computer Vision sub-team, where he explores the integration of neural networks for object detection and depth perception, aiming to introduce vision capabilities to a new self-driving race car.

 

Baasim’s involvement extends beyond UNSW as he participated in the MBZIRC, an international robotics competition, as an engineer on UNSW Competitive Robotics Group (UCRG). He focused on developing a computer vision suite, and was able to successfully reach the semi-finals with the team.

 

Baasim has also gained experience as an R&D engineer at Safran Electronics and Defense Australasia. In this role, he contributed to the development advanced software, specifically in the context of military and maritime applications.

 

With a diverse background and expertise in robotics and software engineering, Baasim brings valuable skills and knowledge to his role at nthalmic.