I trained as a Dispensing Optician in Germany before studying optometry at the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire (1st Class Honours, 1996). During my clinical training at the Manchester…
I trained as a Dispensing Optician in Germany before studying optometry at the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire (1st Class Honours, 1996). During my clinical training at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (supervisors Robert Haper and Cindy Tromans) I became interested in visual fields and glaucoma. David Henson had recently moved to Manchester from Cardiff and infected me with his enthusiasm and optimism, and the urge to disassemble and tinker with any piece of old equipment. Aside from teaching me that "anything can be done if one puts one's mind to it", and that it is never the integrated circuit that's at fault when stuff we soldered together didn't work, David taught me to think about the "big" problems while doing my best with the small ones. After having written a thesis on computer simulations of perimetry (PhD University of Manchester 2001) I joined Balwantray Chauhan, Marcelo Nicolela, and Raymond LeBlanc at Dalhousie University in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) for a 2-year postdoc in which I learned that the world is a big and beautiful place with tons of unsolved important problems (one of which is the atrocious price of wine here). In 2003 I became an Assistant Professor (AssProf) in Ophthalmology at Dalhousie University, and also had the pleasure of working with William ("Bill") Swanson and Mitchell Dul at SUNY in Manhattan (Visiting Scholar, 2004). Bill taught me that there is a whole world of interesting and mathematically rigorous models of visual processing out there that is waiting to be applied to practical clinical problems. Contrary to his intentions, my lacking modelling skills made me an unapologetic empiricist in my own work ("all models are wrong, but some are useful"). In 2005 I moved to the newly re-united University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Optometry at the Faculty of Life Sciences where I taught courses in Binocular Vision. There I learned how important it is to find enthusiastic students...tbc.