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  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


Accepting PhD Students

  • 2297 Citations
  • 28 h-Index
1988 …2020

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Personal profile

Research interests

Nigel Barnett studied at the University of Sheffield and the University of Oxford, where he obtained his DPhil in 1995. Since moving to Australia in 1996 to take up a University of Queensland (UQ) Postdoctoral Fellowship, he has established a successful research career in the field of retinal neuroscience, with his main interest being retinal degenerative diseases. In 2003, Nigel was awarded an NHMRC RD Wright Fellowship, which he undertook at the Vision, Touch and Hearing Research Centre (UQ). He was a Senior Research Fellow at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research and Senior Scientist at the Queensland Eye Institute (QEI) before taking up the position of Associate Professor in the Clem Jones Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Bond University in 2018. He has developed productive on-going collaborations with prominent local, national and international scientists. Nigel’s research focuses on the mechanisms underlying retinal degeneration and the development of innovative therapies for diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. In particular, he is investigating potential neuroprotective strategies to mitigate vision loss in these blinding conditions. Such strategies include novel antioxidant agents and unique silk extracts. Nigel also holds Honorary positions at UQ and QEI.

Education/Academic qualification

Vision Science, D.Phil., Oxford University

Award Date: 1 Nov 1995

Vision Science, M.Sc., Oxford University

Award Date: 1 Oct 1991

Physiology, B.Sc. (Hons), University of Sheffield

Award Date: 1 Jul 1987

External positions

Senior Scientist (Honorary), Queensland Eye Institute

Associate Professor (Honorary), University of Queensland

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Research Output

Advancing a stem cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration

O'Neill, H. C., Limnios, I. J. & Barnett, N. L., 2020, In : Current stem cell research & therapy. 15, 2, p. 89-97 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    A rapid technique to quantify retinal oxidative stress and the protection provided by novel nitroxide-based antioxidant / anti-inflammatory compounds

    Barnett, N. L., Bottle, S. E., Tong, J., Thomas, K. & Rayner, C. L., Jul 2019, In : Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 60, 9, 2 p.

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    The Impact of Limbal Mesenchymal Stromal Cells on Healing of Acute Ocular Surface Wounds Is Improved by Pre-cultivation and Implantation in the Presence of Limbal Epithelial Cells

    Nili, E., Li, F. J., Dawson, R. A., Lau, C., McEwan, B., Barnett, N. L., Weier, S., Walshe, J., Richardson, N. A. & Harkin, D. G., 1 Sep 2019, In : Cell Transplantation. 28, 9-10, p. 1257-1270 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Ultrasound-Responsive Nanobubbles for Enhanced Intravitreal Drug Migration: An Ex Vivo Evaluation

    Thakur, S. S., Chen, Y-S., Houston, Z. H., Fletcher, N., Barnett, N. L., Thurecht, K. J., Rupenthal, I. D. & Parekh, H. S., 1 Mar 2019, In : European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. 136, 136, p. 102-107 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Cultivation of corneal endothelial cells from sheep

    Al Abdulsalam, N. K., Barnett, N. L., Harkin, D. G. & Walshe, J., 1 Aug 2018, In : Experimental Eye Research. 173, p. 24-31 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    15 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Editorial Board Member
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology (Journal)

    Nigel Barnett (Reviewer)

    24 May 2015 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Board Member

    Speed Research Presentations

    Elisabeth Isenring (Speaker), Jaimon T Kelly (Speaker), Christian Moro (Speaker), Mark Morgan (Speaker), Anna V. Lorimer (Speaker), Vernon G Coffey (Speaker), Rae Louise Thomas (Speaker), Alexandra Bannach-Brown (Speaker), Ray N Moynihan (Speaker), Daniel Maupin (Speaker), Rob Marc Orr (Speaker), Nigel L Barnett (Speaker) & Russ Chess-Williams (Speaker)

    21 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation