Miss Charisse Yu-Jean Kuo

Bachelor of Optometry with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents endorsement

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


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)

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Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 4, Room 401
New Zealand

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