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Qualifications & Awards

Academic Clinical Lectureship NIHR 2020

Travel Grant Guarantors of Brain 2020

Ivor Levy Prize United Kingdom Neuroophthalmology Society 2019

Best Abstract Award (resident) North American Neuroophthalmology Society 2019

Travel Grant ARVO Foundation 2019

Travel Grant Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers 2019

Fellow Higher Education Academy 2019

Enhancing Learning and Teaching Certificate (Special commendation) The Oxford Learning Institute 2018

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship 2016

Fellow Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2016

Clinical Academic Foundation Program University of Glasgow 2012

MB BChir University of Cambridge 2010

Sahara Essay Prize For scientific writing for a lay audience 2010

MA (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) University of Cambridge 2007

Altounyan Fund Research Award, University of Cambridge 2007

Gridley Fund Research Award, University of Cambridge 2006

HE Durham Research Award, University of Cambridge 2006


Michael James Gilhooley

MA MB BChir DPhil FHEA FRCOphth


Academic Visitor

  • NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London
  • Honorary Specialist Registrar, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
  • Honorary Specialist Registrar, The Royal Free Hospital, London

I completed my PhD under the supervision of Professors Hankins and Downes in 2019, funded by a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship. Here I evaluated approaches to the deployment of therapeutic optogenetic tools in inherited retinal degenerations. 

Prior to this, I studied Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge before undertaking an academic foundation program at the University of Glasgow. Following this, I joined the Moorfields / North Thames training scheme in surgical ophthalmology.

I have recently taken up an NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship at the Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, which will allow me to complete my clinical training part time while undertaking postdoctoral research. During this time, my research will focus on inherited optic neuropathies. I continue to collaborate closely with the retinal neurobiology & optogenetics group at the NLO, as well as the clinical ophthalmic research group at the Oxford Eye Hospital (ERGO).

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