Professor Trevor Sherwin


Trevor Sherwin gained a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in 1989.  He took up an academic position at the University of Manchester where he specialised in molecular parasitology.  Trevor moved to the Dept of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland in 1998, where he now specialises in cornea with research interests varying from cell reprogramming, ocular stem cells and corneal engineering to the pathogenesis of corneal dystrophies.  Trevor has published 80 papers in top ranking journals including the premier journals Nature, Science and Cell and has presented his work at many international venues including a prestigious open lecture at the Natural History Museum, London.  Trevor’s research has attracted over $ 5 million dollars in funding and has received over 2800 citations in the scientific literature.
Trevor also strives to maintain excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and focuses on the achievements of his research students who have gained high honours including ‘Best PhD thesis from the Faculty of Medical and Health Science’ ‘Vice-Chancellors Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis’, ‘Wallath Prize for Biomedical Science’, ‘HRC Career Development Award’ and the ‘Phyllis Paykel Memorial Scholarship’.

Research | Current

  • Stem cells
  • Cell reprogramming
  • Vision research
  • Tissue engineering
  • Corneal dystrophies

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Loh, I.-P., Fan Gaskin, J. C., Sherwin, T., & McGhee, C. N. J. (2018). Extreme Descemet's membrane rupture with hydrops in keratoconus: Clinical and histological manifestations. American journal of ophthalmology case reports, 10, 271-275. 10.1016/j.ajoc.2018.04.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Charles McGhee
  • Greene, C. A., Misra, S. L., Lee, H., McKelvie, J., Kapadia, K., McFarlane, R., ... Sherwin, T. (2018). The Sheep Cornea: Structural and Clinical Characteristics. Current Eye Research10.1080/02713683.2018.1510970
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Charles McGhee, Carol Greene, Stuti Misra, Colin Green
  • Sung, J., Wang, M. T. M., Lee, S. H., Cheung, I. M. Y., Ismail, S., Sherwin, T., & Craig, J. P. (2018). Randomized double-masked trial of eyelid cleansing treatments for blepharitis. The ocular surface, 16 (1), 77-83. 10.1016/j.jtos.2017.10.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Craig, Salim Ismail, Michael Wang, Isabella Cheung
  • Greene, C. A., Kuo, C., & Sherwin, T. (2017). Aberrant Patterns of Key Epithelial Basement Membrane Components in Keratoconus. Cornea, 36 (12), 1549-1555. 10.1097/ico.0000000000001393
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Carol Greene
  • Ismail, S., Mathan, J. J., Li, Y., McGhee, J. J., Yoon, J., & Sherwin, T. (28/10/2017). Die another day or walking with dying-spheres. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists 49 Annual Scientific Congress, WILEY.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer McGhee, Jinny Yoon
  • Kim, B. Z., Patel, D. V., McKelvie, J., Sherwin, T., & McGhee, C. N. (2017). The Auckland Cataract Study II: Reducing complications by preoperative risk stratification and case allocation in a teaching hospital. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 181, 20-25. 10.1016/j.ajo.2017.06.014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Charles McGhee, Dipika Patel
  • Craig, J. P., Sung, J., Wang, M. T. M., Cheung, I., Sherwin, T., & Ismail, S. (1/6/2017). Commercial lid cleanser outperforms baby shampoo for management of blepharitis in randomized, double-masked clinical trial. Poster presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Baltimore, MD. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Craig, Salim Ismail
  • Kim, B. Z., Meyer, J. J., Brookes, N. H., Moffatt, S. L., Twohill, H. C., Pendergrast, D. G., ... McGhee, C. N. (2017). New Zealand trends in corneal transplantation over the 25 years 1991-2015. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 101 (6), 834-838. 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2016-309021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nigel Brookes, Charles McGhee, Jay Meyer, David Pendergrast


Contact details

Alternative contact

Lia'i Burns
Acting Executive Assistant

DDI 09 923 2402 (extn 82402)

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 504 - Bldg 504
New Zealand

Secondary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
New Zealand

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