Dr Laura Downie is a senior lecturer and a NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellow in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne. In this role, she provides didactic and clinical training to Doctor of Optometry students, leads the specialty Cornea clinic at the University of Melbourne Eyecare and heads the Downie Laboratory, which undertakes clinical research in anterior ocular disease, tear film physiology and contact lenses.
Laura completed her undergraduate optometry degree (2003) and doctorate (2008) at the University of Melbourne. She was the recent recipient of the Young Investigator Award at the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Conference and Dry Eye Workshop (DEWSII). In 2014, she was awarded two prestigious fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council and achieved international recognition for her clinical research achievements with the award of the Irvin and Beatrice Borish Award from the American Academy of Optometry. Laura has been an invited speaker at more than 40 national and international optometric conferences over the past five years, and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. She has been awarded clinical fellowships from the Australian College of Optometry (2011) and American Academy of Optometry (2013).