Our leadership team brings together unique expertise across medical research, clinical practice and business management to guide our mission of bringing hope to people affected by vision loss.
Professor Keith Martin
Professor Keith Martin is a clinician scientist ophthalmologist and Professor and Head of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne.
He was previously Professor and Head of Ophthalmology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Brain Repair at the University of Cambridge.
His research is focused on developing new strategies to protect and regenerate the optic nerve in glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. He was first in the world to demonstrate gene therapy and stem cell therapy could reduce retinal ganglion cell death in an experimental model of glaucoma.
A gene therapy for glaucoma developed in his lab is currently being progressed towards human clinical trials by a major pharmaceutical company. He has extensive experience in optic nerve injury models, including multiple animal models of glaucoma, retinal gene therapy and all relevant surgical techniques.
He is an experienced supervisor and mentor to graduate students, post docs and clinician scientists. Clinically, he specialises in the medical and surgical management of advanced glaucoma.
Professor Robyn Guymer AM
Professor Robyn Guymer AM is Head of Macular Research at CERA and Professor of Ophthalmology at Melbourne University. She is also a senior retinal specialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
She is a clinician scientist who leads a team of researchers primarily investigating age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
She is currently investigating new strategies for treating early stages of AMD and is working to identify novel imaging and functional biomarkers and surrogate endpoints to improve the feasibility of conducting early intervention trials. She is a member of the Macular Society and an inaugural fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden
Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden is a Principal Investigator at CERA and a consultant ophthalmologist in the medical retina clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He has been a Deputy Director at CERA since 2017.
He has research interests in diabetic retinopathy, Alzheimer’s disease and retinal imaging biomarker discovery, and experience in retinal vascular biology and central nervous system regeneration.
A/Prof van Wijngaarden is a founding steering committee member and clinical director KeepSight – a national program for diabetic retinopathy screening that seeks to reach every Australian with diabetes to prevent avoidable blindness.
Leah Borsboom is a senior HR leader and consultant with close to 15 years of experience in generalist and specialist roles across the corporate, not-for-profit and justice sectors. She specialises in employee relations, workforce planning, remuneration, change management and leadership development.
Leah’s previous roles include working as a corporate lawyer and later, in a human resources management role, at Minter Ellison, and as the Resourcing & Remuneration Manager at Victoria Legal Aid.
In January 2018 she joined the Centre for Eye Research Australia as Head of People Development before moving into the Chief Operating Officer position. This diverse executive role involves managing the research support areas including human resource, legal, finance, communications, information technology, administration and facilities, as well as working closely with the Board and Executive to ensure good governance and operational implementation of CERA’s strategy.
Leah holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
Tena Cheng is a senior commercial lawyer with close to 15 years of experience in commercial and intellectual property related legal roles across the corporate and University research sector.
With a unique mix of a double degree in Science and Law, Tena’s previous roles include working as a research commercialisation lawyer at the University of Melbourne as well as being the Lead Counsel for one of Toll Holding’s six key business division.
Tena joined the Centre for Eye Research Australia in January 2019 as the Legal Manager before taking an expanded role driving research commercialisation activities as the Head of Commercialisation and Legal in March 2020.
This expanded executive role is a critical part of CERA’s strategy and will support CERA’s Principal Investigators to protect their intellectual property, identify commercial opportunities and help them manage contract negotiations with potential commercial partners to ensure that CERA’s technologies and legal risks are appropriately managed and protected.
Associate Professor Lyndell Lim
Associate Professor Lyndell Lim is a uveitis and medical retina subspecialist and leads CERA’s clinical trials research.
After completing her ophthalmology training in Melbourne, A/Prof Lim then completed two Fellowships – one in medical retina at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and one in uveitis/ocular inflammatory disease at the Casey Eye Institute, Portland, Oregon, USA.
A/Prof Lim’s main research interests are clinical studies in the field of uveitis and ocular immunology, and diabetic retinopathy. Her team runs both investigator-initiated and sponsored clinical trials that aim to investigate new treatments in a variety of ophthalmic diseases.
Sarah Rainbird is a senior management professional with over 22 years of experience, including fundraising, business development and stakeholder relationship management, teaching, research, project management and corporate law.
Sarah began her career as a corporate lawyer in London and Melbourne at leading international law firms Clifford Chance, Ashurst, and Herbert Smith Freehills. From 2008-2016 she worked at Monash University, first as an academic and researcher in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, then moving into the Office of the Vice-Chancellor as Development Manager for the Monash Law Faculty.
Prior to her current role as the Head of Philanthropy and Fundraising at CERA, Sarah was the National Manager, Individual & Family Philanthropy at Save the Children Australia.