Dr Julie Ching-Hsia Lim

BSc/MSc(First class honours)/PhD (University of Auckland)

Research | Current

Research interests include antioxidants, membrane transporters and the lens.

Dr Julie Lim is a Research Fellow in the Molecular Vision Lab headed by Professor Paul Donaldson. Her research is focussed on identifying medical strategies to delay the onset of age related nuclear cataracts. More specifically, she is involved in identifying and characterizing transporters involved in the uptake of antioxidants such as glutathione (GSH) and cysteine.

In 2007 she was awarded a FoRST post-doctoral fellowship which enabled her to translate her work on antioxidant transporters in rodent lenses to human lenses. More recently she was awarded a Sir Charles Hercus Health Research fellowship which will allow her to extend these studies to other tissues of the eye.

Teaching | Current

Optom 272

Optom 472

MedSci 739

Postgraduate supervision

Ankita Umapathy (PhD student): Mapping of glutathione metabolism and transport pathways in the aging eye-is the lens a reservoir of glutathione?

Renita Martis (PhD student): The role of the cystine/glutamate exchanger in maintaining redox balance in the eye

Areas of expertise

Antoxidants, oxidative stress and the aging eye

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Umapathy, A., Li, B., Donaldson, P. J., & Lim, J. C. (2017). Functional characterisation of glutathione export from the rat lens. Experimental eye research, 166, 151-159. 10.1016/j.exer.2017.10.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Donaldson
  • Vorontsova, I., Donaldson, P. J., Kong, Z., Wickremesinghe, C., Lam, L., & Lim, J. C. (2017). The modulation of the phosphorylation status of NKCC1 in organ cultured bovine lenses: Implications for the regulation of fiber cell and overall lens volume. Experimental eye research10.1016/j.exer.2017.08.009
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Donaldson
  • Lim, J. C., Perwick, R. D., Li, B., & Donaldson, P. J. (2017). Comparison of the expression and spatial localization of glucose transporters in the rat, bovine and human lens. Experimental eye research, 161, 193-204. 10.1016/j.exer.2017.06.012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Donaldson
  • Yoganandarajah, V., Li, B., Umapathy, A., Donaldson, P. J., & Lim, J. C. (2017). Regional differences in glutathione accumulation pathways in the rat cornea: Mapping of amino acid transporters involved in glutathione synthesis. Experimental eye research10.1016/j.exer.2017.04.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Donaldson
  • Jayaratne, S. K., Donaldson, P. J., Vickers, M. H., & Lim, J. C. (2017). The Effects of Maternal Under-Nutrition and a Post-Natal High Fat Diet on Lens Growth, Transparency and Oxidative Defense Systems in Rat Offspring. Current Eye Research, 42 (4), 589-599. 10.1080/02713683.2016.1214969
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Paul Donaldson
  • Lim, J. C., Umapathy, A., Grey, A. C., Vaghefi, E., & Donaldson, P. J. (2017). Novel roles for the lens in preserving overall ocular health. Experimental Eye Research, 156, 117-123. 10.1016/j.exer.2016.05.027
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gus Grey, Ehsan Vaghefi, Paul Donaldson
  • Donaldson, P. J., Grey, A. C., Maceo Heilman, B., Lim, J. C., & Vaghefi, E. (2017). The physiological optics of the lens. Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, 56, e1-e24. 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2016.09.002
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32046
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ehsan Vaghefi, Paul Donaldson, Gus Grey
  • Lim, J. C., Umapathy, A., & Donaldson, P. J. (2016). Tools to fight the cataract epidemic: A review of experimental animal models that mimic age related nuclear cataract. Experimental Eye Research, 145, 432-443. 10.1016/j.exer.2015.09.007
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30832
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Donaldson


Contact details

Primary location

M&HS BUILDING 502 - Bldg 502
Level 4, Room 422
New Zealand

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