Miss Charisse Yu-Jean Kuo
Bachelor of Optometry with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents endorsement
Charisse graduated from the Bachelor of Optometry with Honours in 2019 and started her PhD in ophthalmology in 2020. She had completed two summer scholarship projects with the department of ophthalmology which inspired her to continue research in ocular health. Along with full time PhD, she is also working as a part-time optometrist.
Research | Current
Charisse's research focuses on the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy (DR), the most common microvascular complication in diabetes mellitus which can further lead to sight-threatening conditions. Through understanding the pathogenesis of DR, an earlier intervention can be designed and initiated so that treatment can begin before clinical signs and symptoms appear in patients.
2018 Finalist in the biomedical section for the Wallath Prize
2018 Second prize for the presentation at the NZ-NEC Summer Student Symposium
2017 FMHS summer scholarship
2016 FMHS summer scholarship
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Kuo, C., Green, C. R., Rupenthal, I. D., & Mugisho, O. O. (2020). Connexin43 hemichannel block protects against retinal pigment epithelial cell barrier breakdown. Acta diabetologica, 57 (1), 13-22. 10.1007/s00592-019-01352-3
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lola Mugisho, Ilva Rupenthal, Colin Green
- Greene, C. A., Kuo, C., & Sherwin, T. (2017). Aberrant Patterns of Key Epithelial Basement Membrane Components in Keratoconus. Cornea, 36 (12), 1549-1555. 10.1097/ico.0000000000001393
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Trevor Sherwin