Associate Professor Ranjay Chakraborty

Associate Professor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

Dr. Chakraborty completed his undergraduation in Optometry from 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. His current work is investigating the role of spectral and temporal features of ambient lighting and circadian rhythms in the pathogenesis of myopia. He uses a range of optical, molecular, and imaging techniques to study various mechanisms 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

Course Coordinator Optometry, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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
Supervisory interests
Experimental eye research
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Children eye Screening in South Australia (1)
Associate supervisor: Circadian rhythms and myopia (1), ipRGC function, light exposure and myopia (1)
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