Dr Doina Gherghel MD, PhD

Lecturer in Ophthalmology

Lecturer on the Undergraduate Optometry Programme

Co-ordinator of the Vascular Research Laboratory

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET

Email:  d.gherghel@aston.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4120

Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4220

Research Group

Ophthalmic Research Group (ORG)

Research Centre
Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 

Centre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)

  • Sept 2012-to date,  BMEC Honorary Assistant Specialist (glaucoma)
  • Sept 2009-to date Heart of England NHS Trust- Honorary Assistant Specialist (glaucoma)
  • 2006: PhD, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
  • 2004-to date: Aston University: Lecturer in Ophthalmology
  • 2004-2005: Medici Fellow (Technology Transfer Fellowship)
  • 2004-to date: Research Consultant, Aston Academy of Life Sciences
  • 2001-2004: Honorary Trust Fellow, Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK
  • 2001-2004: Research Fellow, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
  • 1998-2000: Glaucoma Research Fellow, University Eye Clinic, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1999: Doctor, Ophthalmology, University Eye Clinic Iasi, Romania
  • 1995-1998: Registrar in Ophthalmology, University Eye Clinic Iasi, Romania
  • 1988-1994: University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania
  • General Medical Council, Specialist Register  (Ophthalmology)
  • UK Dementia and Sight Loss Interest Committee
  • Alzheimer’s Research Trust, Midlands Network
  • West Midlands Local Eye Health Network (LEHN)
  • European Vision Clinical Research Network (EVICR)
  • European Glaucoma Society (EGS)
  • FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Current and Prospective General Research Areas- for more information click here

  • Personalised medicine 
  • Individual risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • Ageing and vascular health
  • Systemic and ocular circulation in health ad disease
  • Obesity, sleep and  endothelial function 
  • Glaucoma and vascular disease
  • Alzheimer disease: ocular circulation and endothelial function
  • Alzheimer's disease: vision correction and cognitive function
  • Circadian rhythms in human circulation
  • Oxidative stress in ocular diseases  
  • Intra-ocular drug delivery systems
  • Psychological aspects of vision care
  • Retinal vascular imaging

Research Supervision (Specific Projects) – Current and Past

  • Marie-Curie Post Doctoral Research  Fellow: Dr Andras Joo (Marie Curie Fellow). September 2016-to date. Project: INVeST: Individual Vascular Signature and risk factors for cardiovascular Disease: (funded by the EU Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, 2016)
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow: Dr Alexandra Benevente-Perez: October 2007-December 2008. Project: Glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease: vascular associations with multiple neurodegenerative consequences (funded by Alzheimer’s Research Trust-ART)
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow: Dr Helen Smith (2005-2006). Project: New drug delivery system for the treatment of POAG 
  • PhD: Ms Emily Scarpello: October 2016-to date.: Ocular markers for healthy ageing
  • PhD: Mr Said Karimzad October 2013-to date: Ocular health and cardiovascular risk in obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery
  • PhD:  Ms Karma Mohamed Gaber Fathalla; July 2012-to date. Project: Investigating the use of machine learning and data mining techniques in determining the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • PhD:  Ms Swathi Seshadri; January 2012-January 2015. Project: Individual vascular signature for cardiovascular risk 
  • PhD:  Ms Stephanie Mroczkowska: Janury 2009- January 2012. Project: Ocular and systemic vascular dysfunction in glaucoma and Alzheimer's disease 
  • PhD: Ms Lu Qin: April 2008-November 2011. Project: The effect of ageing on vascular health
  • PhD: Mr Sunni Patel: October 2007-May 2011. Project: Ethnic differences in endothelial function in subjects at risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • PhD: Ms Rebekka Heitmar , October 2005- November 2008. Project: Retinal and systemic vascular reactivity in health and disease
  • Ophthalmic Doctorate project: Mrs Catherine Collin, October 2009-to date:   Evaluation of the optic disc parameters in a normal population in the daily optometric practice : Effect of age, refractive error, , intraocular pressure, blood pressure, and ethnicity.

Inventions/ Innovations:

Patent: D. Gherghel, B. Conway.A novel chronotherapeutic system for the treatment of primary open-angle glaucoma. P715802EP/1196/ US 2009/0155338 A1

  • Clinical research and patients' safety

  • Individual, group and organisational management

  • Technology transfer management

  • Medical education