Sanjay Marasini

PhD, BOptom (Honours)

Research | Current

I'm currently investigating light-based therapies against superficial corneal infections. The project involves exploration of safety and efficacy of the treatment by developing several in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo disease models. My collaborators include ophthalmologists, molecular biologists, microbiologists and pharmacists.

I'm also a collaborator on the project 'The Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR)', an initiative of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA). 

Teaching | Current

MBCHB 313 and MBCHB 501 courses 

  1. Ophthalmology Instrumentation
    • Slit-lamp examination, Ophthalmoscopy, Pupilometer etc
  2. Further clinical methods 
    • Principles of Refraction & Visual Acuity, Pupils, Near Vision, Accommodation, Pupillary dilatation and Pupillary reflexes, Visual fields and IOP, Strabismus, Cover Test and Ocular Motility etc.

Optometry and Vision Science

  • Clinical supervisor in Dry Eye Diseases


2017     Invited judge in HealtheX-2017 (University of Auckland)

2016     Post Graduate Student Association travel grant, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2015     Invited for Icehouse incubation in research commercialisation and entrepreneurship

2015     Second runner up, Spark 100k challenge competition, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2015     Finalist, Spark 100k Challenge, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2015     Chiasma Award for the best bioscience idea ‘EyeLine’, Spark Ideas Challenge, New Zealand

2014      Dean's International Doctoral Scholarship, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Areas of expertise

  • Clinical eye examination (including HRT, OCT and confocal microscopy)
  • Epidemiological studies and data analysis
  • Animal handling
  • Bioluminescence in vivo imaging 
  • Microscopy (Light and Fluorescence)
  • Mammalian cell culture 
  • Bacterial cell culture (So far I've worked with S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, M. catarrhalis, H. influenzae, Acinetobacter baumannii, E. coli, MRSA, and fungi such as C. albicans and A. niger)  
  • Tissue sectioning using a cryostat
  • Confocal cell and tissue imaging
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Immunohistochemistry

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Marasini, S. (2019). Exploring the potential of UVC in treating superficial corneal infections The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • Marasini, S., Swift, S., Dean, S. J., Ormonde, S. E., & Craig, J. P. (2016). Spectrum and sensitivity of bacterial keratitis isolates in Auckland. Journal of Ophthalmology, 2016, 1-9. 10.1155/2016/3769341
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Craig, Sue Ormonde, Simon Swift
  • Marasini, S. (2015). Pattern of astigmatism in a clinical setting in Maldives. Journal of Optometry, 9 (1), 47-53. 10.1016/j.optom.2015.02.002
  • Gyawali, R., Nestha Mohamed, F., Bist, J., Kandel, H., Marasini, S., & Khadka, J. (2014). Compliance and hygiene behaviour among soft contact lens wearers in the Maldives. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 97 (1), 43-47. 10.1111/cxo.12069
  • Sharma, R., Marasini, S., Sharma, A. K., Shrestha, J. K., & Nepal, B. P. (2012). Methanol Poisoning: Ocular and Neurological Manifestations. Optometry and Vision Science, 89 (2), 178-182. 10.1097/OPX.0b013e31823ee128
  • Marasini, S., Khadka, J., Sthapit, P. R. K., Sharma, R., & Nepal, B. P. (2012). Ocular morbidity on headache ruled out of systemic causes—A prevalence study carried out at a community based hospital in Nepal. Journal of optometry, 5 (2), 68-74. 10.1016/j.optom.2012.02.007
  • Marasini, S., Paudel, N., Adhikari, P., Shrestha, J. B., & Bowan, M. D. (2011). Ocular Manifestations in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Optometry and Vision Development, 42 (3), 178-182. Related URL.
  • Sharma, R., Marasini, S., & Nepal, B. P. (2010). Tubercular scleritis. Kathmandu University Medical Journal, 8 (3), 352-356. 10.3126/kumj.v8i3.6228


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Level 4, Room 418

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