Dr Rosica Petrova

BSc, MSc, PhD

Research | Current

My interest lies in understanding the normal physiology of the ocular lens. In particular I study the functional role of a recently identified Aquaporin (AQP) 5 water channel and how it contributes for maintaining ocular lens transparency and cataractogenesis. 



Areas of expertise

Molecular biology, cloning, immunology, cell culture, protein purification, confocal microscopy, epifluorescence and DIC imaging, water permeability assay.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Schey, K. L., Petrova, R. S., Gletten, R. B., & Donaldson, P. J. (2017). The Role of Aquaporins in Ocular Lens Homeostasis. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18 (12).10.3390/ijms18122693
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Donaldson
  • Petrova, R. S. (2016). The Water Permeability of Lens Fibre Cells: The Relative Role of AQP0 and AQP5 The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28571
  • Petrova, R. S., Schey, K. L., Donaldson, P. J., & Grey, A. C. (2015). Spatial distributions of AQP5 and AQP0 in embryonic and postnatal mouse lens development. Experimental eye research, 132, 124-135. 10.1016/j.exer.2015.01.011
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gus Grey, Paul Donaldson
  • Grey, A. C., Walker, K. L., Petrova, R. S., Han, J., Wilmarth, P. A., David, L. L., ... Schey, K. L. (2013). Verification and spatial localization of aquaporin-5 in the ocular lens. Experimental eye research, 108, 94-102. 10.1016/j.exer.2012.12.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gus Grey, Paul Donaldson
  • Molenaar, A. J., Harris, D. P., Rajan, G. H., Pearson, M. L., Callaghan, M. R., Sommer, L., ... Petrova, R. S. (2009). The acute-phase protein serum amyloid A3 is expressed in the bovine mammary gland and plays a role in host defence. Biomarkers : biochemical indicators of exposure, response, and susceptibility to chemicals, 14 (1), 26-37. 10.1080/13547500902730714