The Power List 2021 – Power List
Professor of Personalised Medicine at Ulster University, and Chief of Research and Innovation at Avellino USA, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
What is your proudest professional achievement?
I am most proud of the legacy of research talent my team at Ulster University have produced over the last decade in the area of ophthalmology and genetics. One of the most rewarding aspects of my role as a researcher, teacher, and innovator toggling academia and industry is to watch the next generation of researchers and influencers grow and really thrive in their ability. So many have gone on to fantastic destination employment in world-leading research institutes globally. I look forward to them one day returning to Ulster and bringing home even more expertise and talent.
Outside of ophthalmology, what makes you happy?
On a good day, life with my seven colorful, energetic, strong-minded children.
Why is it important to celebrate women in the field with this list?
Celebrating women, or indeed, any male and female scientist or clinicians, in this way is important as it brings visibility to the great innovations brought to ophthalmology and provides role models for girls, encouraging them and showing them there are great career opportunities in this field that will help change the world for the better. When making career choices, girls still tend to avoid science and technology subjects, which contribute to the knowledge base and pathways to the innovative treatments we take for granted today, like laser eye surgery and anti-VEGF treatments for retinal eye disease.