Poonam Mudgil

PhD, FHEA, FARVO, Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Dr

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Dr Poonam Mudgil's research areas are ophthalmology, microbiology and infectious diseases. Her research aims to address major public health issues in eye and infectious diseases using research approaches in microbiology, biophysics, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Her research in ophthalmology has revealed new structural features of the tear film on the ocular surface, discovered antimicrobial role of tear lipids, and found causative mechanisms and treatments for the dry eye disease which affects millions of people worldwide. Her research in microbiology and infectious diseases has investigated antibiotic resistance in bacteria and explored lipids and other biomolecules as alternatives to antibiotics for addressing the problem of antimicrobial resistance which is a crucial global public health issue.

She has over 65 peer-reviewed publications (>80% as first/senior author) and her research has been funded through government, industry and university grants. She has active research collaborations with national and international organizations including University of Louisville USA, University of Colorado USA, University of Texas USA, University of New South Wales, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, and South-West Sydney Local Health District. She has peer-reviewed for 18 international journals, served on 5 committees of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, USA, and mentored 22 early career researchers from 12 countries. She has a track record of supervising Undergraduate, Honours, Master’s, PhD, and MD research projects in ophthalmology, microbiology and infectious diseases.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Microbiology

FHEA (Higher Education Academy, UK)

FARVO (Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, USA)

MASM (Australian Society for Microbiology)

Subject keywords

  • Ophthalmology
  • Ocular surface
  • Dry eye
  • Eye infections
  • Tear film
  • Meibomian lipids
  • Infectious diseases
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Alternative to antibiotics
  • Novel antimicrobials
  • MRSA
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Public Health


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