Dr Renita Maria Martis
Doctorate in Philosophy (Optometry), Bachelor of Optometry and Vision Sciences (Hons)
Renita Martis is a postdoctoral research fellow who is currently working on antioxidant strategies to combat age-related eye disease. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Optometry with first-class Honours in 2012. She then practiced as a general optometrist in Wellington for two years and returned to undertake a PhD with Dr Julie Lim and Professor Paul Donaldson, which she completed in 2019.
Research | Current
Doctorate of Philosophy in Optometry and Vision Sciences, The University of Auckland
2014-2018 Supervisors: Prof. Paul J Donaldson and Dr. Julie C Lim
Thesis title: The role of the cystine/glutamate transporter in maintaining redox balance and supplying antioxidant in ocular tissues.
This project investigates the functions of the cystine/glutamate antiporter in various ocular tissues and its role in minimising the oxidative stress and damage in the eye. Oxidative stress and damage is well known to be responsible for the onset of age-related eye disease such as cataract and macular degeneration that cause blindness.
BOptom Part IV Honours Research, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, The University of Auckland
2011-2012 Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Anstice
This project investigated the current management and treatment of congenital esotropia. Esotropia is known to affect 1-2% of the population. Analysing case studies confirmed that a timely diagnosis, appropriate surgical alignment, and duration of the alignment results in a good visual prognosis.
Teaching | Current
2017 HealtheX Second Runner-up Doctoral Oral Presentation Award
2017 Academic Career Exploration Scholarship
2017 HC Russell Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship
2016/2017 HOPE Selwyn Foundation Scholarship in Ageing Research
2015 Young Investigator Travel Award - ICL
2014 Biomedical Imaging Research Unit- Confocal Microscopy BIRU award
2014 The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
Areas of expertise
Micron IV slit lamp, fundus and OCT imaging
Faculty of Medical and Health Science Postgraduate Student Association Committee
New Zealand Association of Optometrists
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Martis, R. M., Donaldson, P. J., & Lim, J. C. (2020). Corneal opacities in mice exposed to repeated contact procedures during ocular examinations. Clinical & experimental optometry, 103 (3), 307-311. 10.1111/cxo.12934
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Donaldson, Julie Lim
- Martis, R. M., Donaldson, P. J., Li, B., Middleditch, M., Kallingappa, P. K., & Lim, J. C. (2019). Mapping of the cystine-glutamate exchanger in the mouse eye: a role for xCT in controlling extracellular redox balance. Histochemistry and cell biology, 152 (4), 293-310. 10.1007/s00418-019-01805-4
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Lim, Prasanna Kallingappa, Paul Donaldson
- Martis, R. M. (2019). The role of the cystine/glutamate antiporter in mouse ocular tissues The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
- Lim, J. C., Vorontsova, I., Martis, R. M., & Donaldson, P. J. (2017). Animal models in cataract research. In P. M. Conn (Ed.) Animal models for the study of human disease (pp. 103-116). London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. 10.1016/B978-0-12-809468-6.00004-8
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Lim, Paul Donaldson