Dr Zhichao Wu

Senior Research Fellow, Macular Research

Dr Zhichao Wu is an optometrist and clinical researcher striving to improve outcomes for people with eye disease such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Dr Zhichao Wu

Senior Research Fellow, Macular Research

BAppSc(Optom), PhD

Dr Zhichao Wu is a Senior Research Fellow at CERA, working in the field of innovative diagnostics and outcome measures for eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

He completed his PhD at The University of Melbourne (based at CERA) in 2014 and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in the PhD Thesis.

He was subsequently awarded the prestigious NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Overseas Clinical Research Fellowship and undertook research fellowships at the University of California, San Diego and Columbia University.

In 2018, Dr Wu returned to CERA to establish research programs to alleviate the impact of eye diseases.

Having seen the impact of vision loss on those with eye diseases, Dr Wu is devoted to addressing the key challenges to alleviate this impact.

His research is focused on the development of novel imaging and functional techniques to better predict or detect signs of irreversible vision loss, and to better capture the effectiveness of new treatments.

Key research questions
  • How do we identify those at high-risk of developing irreversible vision loss?
  • How can we improve early detection of eye disease before vision is lost?
  • How do we expedite the discovery of new treatments for eye diseases?
  • How cost-effective are different intervention strategies for eye diseases?

Current projects

Selected publications

My team

Funding and support

Current projects

Research areas:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Early eye diseases
  • Retinal imaging
  • Visual function testing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Clinical trials outcomes and design
  • Health economics and cost-effectiveness
  • Clinical practice evidence-based guidance
  • Biostatistics

Graduate research projects currently available:

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