• United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Ocular surface, dry eye, contact lenses, keratitis, antimicrobial

    Personal profile

    Teaching Activity

    • Module leader – Contact Lenses (OP2CL1); Second-year undergraduate 
    • Teaching faculty - Human Biology and Pathology (OP1MBP); First-year undergraduate
    • Supervisor – Elective Studies; Third-year undergraduate 
    • Doctor of Optometry (DOptom) research student supervisor
    • Master of Science in Optometry (MSc. Optometry) supervisor

    Research Interests

    • Contact lens and dry eye: Anterior ocular surface and tear film, tear lipid layer, effect of preservatives and surfactants on ocular comfort
    • Contact lens-related adverse events: Particularly infiltrative events, development of novel antimicrobial agents, antimicrobial peptides, mechanism and activity of antimicrobial peptides, aetiology of development of keratitis

    Professional/editorial offices

    External examiner - Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) Contact Lens practical exams

    External Examiner - PhD candidates - University of Waterloo, Canada and University of Wolverhampton UK

    Guest Editor - Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 

    Guest Editor - Antibiotic journal - MDPI

    PhD Supervision

    Current PhD candidates: 

    - Impact and association of tear pro-inflammatory biomarkers on the development of Dry Eye Disease - Primary Supervisor

    - Evidence-based dry eye practice - Primary Supervisor


    - Safety and efficacy of antimicrobial contact lenses during extended wear - Co-Supervisor at the University of New South Wales, Australia

    - Mechanism of action of surface-bound antimicrobial contact lenses - Co-Supervisor at the University of New South Wales, Australia

    Available for supervision for suitable applicants:

    Potential areas:

    1. Patient compliance with dry eye treatment and management
    2. Clinic-based assessment of tear electrolytes
    3. Assessment of the ocular surface using an objective digital grading system
    4. Development of novel antimicrobial contact lenses and antimicrobial therapy 



    • March 2019 – current: Lecturer, Optometry School Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
    • Jan 2019 – Senior Research Fellow, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    • 2014-2018 – Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    • 2010 – 2014 – Casual Research Assistant, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Council member of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA)
    • Member of British Standards Institution (BSI) - committee CH/172/9 'Contact lenses and contact lens care products'
    • Member of International Association for Contact Lens Research (ISCLR)
    • Member of British & Irish University and College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) 
    • Member of College of Optometrists (MCOptom)
    • Fellow of Higher Education Academy UK (FHEA)
    • Ezell Club, American Optometric Foundation (AOF)
    • Fellow of American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)
    • Fellow of British Contact Lens Association (FBCLA)
    • Educator member of International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE)
    • Member of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

    Contact Details

    Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4418

    Email: d.dutta@aston.ac.uk

    Room: VS131

    Media Contributions


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2014

    External positions

    External examiner - (ABDO) Contact Lens practical exams

    1 Jul 2022 → …

    Member of British Standards Institution (BSI) - committee CH/172/9 'Contact lenses and contact lens care products'

    1 Jul 2022 → …

    Council member, British Contact Lens Association (BCLA)

    1 Oct 2021 → …

    Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales, Australia

    1 Feb 2019 → …


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