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Jasmina is an NIHR Academic Fellow in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery, working within the Clinical Ophthalmology Research Group of Professor Robert MacLaren. She was awarded the first NIHR Clinical Academic Fellowship in Ophthalmology in 2006 and has since completed Masters in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science and a DPhil in Gene Therapy and Optogenetics via the MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship at the University of Manchester, UK. Following this she was awarded prestigious Keeler Scholarship and Retinitis Pigmentosa Fighting Blindness Award to conduct a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, under the mentorship of Professor John Flannery. She completed the UK specialist training in Ophthalmology and has won over 25 awards during her early career as an academic ophthalmologist. She is a trained ophthalmic surgeon specialising in vitreoretinal surgery, and is currently working on developing innovative surgical techniques including robot-assisted retinal surgery for future applications in gene therapy and optogenetics. 

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James Aylward BMBCh, St Hilda's College, Oxford University

Mana Rahimzadeh, Medical Student, New College, Oxford University

Previous students:

Abigail Pienaar, MA in Neurosciences, University of Manchester, 2014-2015 (Distinction)

Abigail Blackwell, MA in Neurosciences, University of Manchester, 2013-2014 (Distinction)

Robert Bedford, Research Assistant, University of Manchester, 2014-2015

Dr Jasmina Cehajic Kapetanovic

MA Phy Sci Oxon BM BCh MSc PhD FRCOphth

NIHR Clinical Research Fellow and Fellow in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery

  • Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  • Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Restoring Vision with Gene Therapy and Optogenetics and Developing Robot-Assisted Retinal Surgery


Jasmina’s research focuses on vision restoration and development of therapies for inherited retinal degenerations, the leading cause of blindness in the working population, as well as a therapy for a more common form of blindness, the dry age related macular degeneration (AMD). Together with Professor MacLaren, she is currently leading gene therapy trials for choroideremia, RPGR X-linked retinitis pigmentosa and dry AMD at clinical centres at Oxford, Manchester and the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. She is also involved in the Retinal Implant programme and developing surgical techniques for retinal gene therapy including the innovative robot-assisted vector delivery. Her laboratory based research focuses on developing novel optogenetic strategies and improving the efficacy of gene delivery to the retina. She was recently awarded a prestigious Global Ophthalmology Fellowship Award to continue working at this cutting edge research.


Global Ophthalmology Awards Program Fellowship, 2018

International Congress of Ophthalmological Societies Research Award, 2017

The Academy of Medical Sciences Prize, London, 2017

The Ruskell Medal, The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers Research Awards, London, 2016

Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Fellowship, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Retinitis Pigmentosa Fighting Blindness Post Doctoral Award, 2015

The MRC Centenary Award, 2014

The Keeler Scholarship Award, 2014

The Confidence in Concept Award, Medical Research Council, UK, 2014

The David McLeod Cup, University of Manchester, 2014

The John Lee Prize, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London, 2013

The Dickinson Trust Award, Manchester, 2013

The Research and Innovation Award, Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, Manchester, 2012

The North of England Ophthalmological Society Award, 2011

The Academy of Medical Sciences Prize, London, 2011

The National Institute for Health and Research, Biomedical Research Centre Award, 2011

The MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship, 2010

The Daniel Turnberg Cup Runner Up, University of Manchester 2010

The Annual Alcon Achievement Award, Manchester 2009 and 2008

The Andrew Tullo Cup, Manchester, 2008 and 2007

Integrated Academic Training Award, North Western Deanery and University of Manchester, 2007

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship, 2006

John Potter Prize in Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of Oxford, 2002

Oxford University Psychiatry Prize, University of Oxford, 2001

Distinction in Experimental Dissertation in Neuropharmacology, University of Oxford, 1999


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