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Dr Colin Chu
3/7 Cayton
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
11-43 Bath Street
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  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow
  • Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
I am a Wellcome CRCDF, a Principal Investigator at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Research Summary

The immune system is central to almost every aspect of human health and disease, with tissues accepted as the determinative site of immune cell function. Biopsies provide valuable insight but remain static snapshots that miss the critical temporal dynamics of immune responses. The ultimate aspiration would be to observe real-time, unperturbed, immune cell behaviour deep within the tissues of patients. 

The eye can realise this goal, as the transparent ocular tissues are inherently suited for repeated in vivo imaging across time. My group is applying cutting-edge imaging technologies to achieve this using model systems and clinical studies, with a focus on ocular inflammatory diseases such as Uveitis. We also apply highly multiplexed immunohistochemistry techniques to better understand the spatial biology of retinal disease.

Teaching Summary
I have supervised medical students, clinical fellows, post-doctoral researchers, MSc and PhD students. I am always happy to be approached by students interested in our work.
2019 – 2021 Fulbright Scholar & Visiting Fellow National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health, United States
2015 – 2019 NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer Ophthalmology University of Bristol, United Kingdom
2011 – 2014 MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship Molecular Therapy UCL, United Kingdom
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