Usha Chakravarthy is Honorary and Emerita Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at Queen’s University of Belfast.
She was lead clinician for medical retina and Director for Ophthalmology Services in the Belfast Trust from 2007 to 2015 with responsibilty for over 100 medical staff.
Her interest in research commenced with her PhD on the therapeutic potential of ionising radiation on intraocular cellular proliferation.
She next focussed her efforts on the molecular expression of vasoactive peptides in the retina and profiled gene expression under simulated hyperglycemia in in-vitro and in-vivo studies. She consolidated this work into clinical translational medicine for which she gained the Welcome University Award and subsequently appointed full Professor at Queens University.
She has been chairperson for large national and international clinical trials, cohort studies and epidemiological investigations. She has also chaired advisory groups and held memberships in many committees including the International AMD Alliance, Laskar Foundation, Credentials and Scientific committee of the macula society, awards committee ARVO, German Research Foundation, The French Research Foundation, The Austrian Research Panel. She has delivered eponymous lectures in the UK and abroad: Calvert award and lecture, Paul Henkind lecture for the Macula Society, Friedman lecture Midlands UK, Distinguished Professor series NEI, Distinguished speaker Wilmer Eye Institute John’s Hopkins, The Bowman Lecture UK and the Gass Award from the Macula society. She received the Alan Alderman award and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Ophthalmology in 2017. Currently she is visiting Chair at the Duke NU Singapore and visiting Professor at Hoffman La Roche.