Dr Ranjay Chakraborty

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt West Wing
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr. Chakraborty graduated in Optometry from the Elite School of Optometry, Chennai, India in 2006. After working as an optometrist for 3 years in India, he joined the PhD program in Vision Science at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Chakraborty's PhD was one of the first investigations to bridge the work on diurnal rhythms and refractive error development in animal models to human eyes, and was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in 2013 from Queensland University of Technology. Following PhD, he did 3.5 years of postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta, USA, where he examined the contribution of various retinal cell types and pathways in normal eye development and response to visual deprivation myopia in mouse mutants.

Dr. Chakraborty joined Flinders University in February 2017. His areas of research interest are myopia and refractive error development, visual optics and retinal imaging. He uses a range of optical, molecular, and imaging techniques to study various mechanims underlying the development of refractive errors.


August 2013 - January 2017 - Postdoctoral research fellowship, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA

September 2013 - PhD, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

July 2006 - B.S. Optometry, Elite School of Optometry, Chennai, India

Honours, awards and grants

2018 - Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Overseas Conference Funding Scheme ($2,500)

2017 - Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences Establishment grant ($9,700).

2016 - The Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) travel award ($1000 USD)

2015 - Keynote speaker and travel award recipient, Internationl Myopia Conference, Wenzhou, China ($1,000 USD)

2014 - Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

2014 - Chakraborty R, Pardue MT, Iuvone PM. Research to Prevent Blindness Departmental Grant, Emory University to study "The effects of nitric oxide on refractive development of the eye”. $5,000 USD. Role: CI

2014 - Chakraborty R, Pardue MT. Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Early Career Research Grant to study "Protective effects of dopamine precursor L-DOPA on myopia development in mice". $9,200 USD. Role: CI

Key responsibilities

Teaching - Topic coordinator for OPTO2002 (Optics of the Eye and Vision), OPTO3002 (Ocular Anatomy and Histology) and OPTO8004 (Optometry 1)

Research - Myopia and Visual Optics research within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

Higher Degree Research Contact Officer for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Research expertise
Ophthalmology and optometry
Research interests

Short-sightedness (myopia) is the most common refractive error, which is characterized by an excessive elongation of the eye during the critical period of visually-guided eye growth. The prevalence of myopia is increasing worldwide. The current prevalence of myopia in Australia is about 30%, and is expected to see a steep rise in the coming years. Despite much research, the mechanisms responsible for refractive errors and the increase in myopia prevalence remain elusive. Dr. Chakraborty uses a range of optical, imaging and molecular techniques to study potential mechanisms underlying myopia development. He studies the role of diurnal variations, optical blur and different retinal cell types in refractive error development of human eyes. His other interests are:


Visual optics

Retinal physiology

Retinal imaging

Topic coordinator
OPTO8004 Optometry 1
OPTO2002 Optics of the Eye and Vision
OPTO3002 Ocular Anatomy and Histology
Topic lecturer
OPTO8005 Optometry 2
OPTO3006 Normal Eye and Vision
OPTO8006 Optometry 3
Supervisory interests
Experimental eye research
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Visual optics
Associate supervisor: Circadian rhythm disruption and myopia
Principal supervisor: Optical defocus and myopia
Expert for media contact
Myopia and refractive error
Visual health
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  • Eyes
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  • Vision
  • Visual health

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