Science of Sight by Dr Mariya Moosajee

Science of Sight

About the event

An art exhibition was launched on 8th August 2017 at the Science Museum, London. The exhibition ‘Science of Sight’, part of the BBC Tomorrow’s World Live series, was visited by thousands of people each day!

Dr Mariya MoosajeeDr Mariya Moosajee, a Clinician-Scientist and Consultant Ophthalmologist, showcased her innovative research into blinding genetic eye disease as well as tactile art from the BlindArt Collection at Moorfields Eye Hospital at this three-day event. Scientists, patients and artists joined Dr Moosajee to demonstrate that art is accessible for all and how science can explain why.

The exhibition, supported by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, included demonstrations and examples of pioneering science such as growing an eye in a petri dish, a model eye and brain, scent and sound boxes and tactile blood cells.

Science Museum LogoDr Moosajee educated and entertained children and adults with demonstrations, talks and science exhibits during the three-day exhibition while discussing her own research and discoveries in sight and genetic conditions of the eye.

To download the 'Save the Date' flyer for the exhibition, please click here: PDF iconscience_of_sight.pdf

Dr Mariya Moosajee

Dr Mariya Moosajee

Dr Mariya MoosajeeDr Mariya Moosajee is a Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in Genetic Eye Disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She leads a research group at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and her specialist interest is understanding the molecular basis of eye development and genetic eye disease, using relevant disease models, human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived retinal cells and medical bioinformatics. Through dissecting the molecular and cellular pathways of disease, Dr Moosajee and her team have identified therapeutic targets and developed treatment strategies, including nonsense suppression therapy, which is applicable to a wide range of inherited eye disorders.