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I joined Aston Optometry School Life and Health Sciences in March 2019, having spent previous five years as a research and senior research fellow and associate lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. At UNSW, I worked as a translational research focused academic and lectured on ocular disease, primary care optometry and visual optics. Prior to that I had spent 3 years as a PhD candidate at the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney.

Following graduation with Bachelor of Optometry, I joined L V Prasad Eye Institute, India for one-year clinical fellowship. Following this I worked as an optometry clinician and contact lens consultant at the L V Prasad Eye Institute, for two years. 

Teaching Activity

  • Module leader – Human Biology and Pathology (OP1MBP); First-year undergraduate
  • Supervisor – Elective Studies; Third-year undergraduate 
  • Teaching faculty – Contact Lenses (OP2CL1) and Clinical practice 2(OP2CP2); Second-year undergraduate  
  • Doctor of Optometry (DOptom) supervisor
  • Master of Science in Optometry (MSc. Optometry) supervisor

Research Interests

  • Contact lens and dry eye: Anterior ocular surface and tear film, tear lipid layer, effect of preservatives and surfactants on ocular comfort
  • Contact lens-related adverse events: Particularly infiltrative events, development of novel antimicrobial agents, antimicrobial peptides, mechanism and activity of antimicrobial peptides, aetiology of development of keratitis

Funding Applications and Awards


  • Industry Research Funding (As CI US$ 62,000, University of NSW) 2019
  • UNSW-India seed funding Grant (AU$ 10,000) University of NSW 2018
  • Research Infrastructure Grant (as CI AU$ 40,372) University of NSW 2018
  • Faculty Research Grant (AU$7,500), University of NSW 2017
  • Research Infrastructure Grant (as AI AU$ 38,080) University of NSW 2017
  • Early Career Research Grant (AU$ 15,000), Science faculty, University of NSW 2016
  • Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure Grant (as CI AU$ 96,210), University of NSW 2015

PhD Supervision

Current PhD candidates: 

- Impact and association of tear pro-inflammatory biomarkers on the development of Dry Eye Disease - Primary Supervisor at the Aston University

- Efficacy of home-based and in-office treatment regime for dry eye disease - Primary Supervisor at the Aston University


- Safety and efficacy of antimicrobial contact lenses during extended wear - Co-Supervisor at the University of New South Wales, Australia

- Mechanism of action of surface-bound antimicrobial contact lenses - Co-Supervisor at the University of New South Wales, Australia

Available for supervision for suitable applicants:

Potential areas:

  1. Patient compliance with dry eye treatment and management
  2. Clinic-based assessment of tear electrolytes
  3. Assessment of the ocular surface using an objective digital grading system
  4. Development of novel antimicrobial contact lenses and antimicrobial therapy 


  • March 2019 – current: Lecturer, Optometry School Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
  • Jan 2019 – Senior Research Fellow, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 2014-2018 – Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 2010 – 2014 – Casual Research Assistant, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney
  • 2008-2010 – Clinical optometrist and Contact Lens Consultant, L V Prasad Eye Institute 

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy UK (FHEA)
  • Ezell Club, American Optometric Foundation (AOF)
  • Fellow of American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)
  • Fellow of British Contact Lens Association (FBCLA)
  • Educator member of International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE)
  • Member of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)


  • Bachelor of Optometry, West Bengal University of Technology, India, 2007
  • One-year Clinical fellowship in Optometry, LV Prasad Eye Institute 2008
  • Epidemiology and Statistics Course; Award: CR, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW, Australia 2011
  • PhD in Optometry at Brien Holden Vision Institute, University of New South Wales, 2014

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4418

Email: d.dutta@aston.ac.uk

Room: VS131

Education/Academic qualification

University of New South Wales, Australia

Award Date: 30 Jun 2014

External positions

Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales, Australia

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Research Output

Active loading graphite/hydroxyapatite into the stable hydroxyethyl cellulose scaffold nanofibers for artificial cornea application

Kharaghani, D., Dutta, D., Ho, K. K. K., Zhang, K. Q., Kai, W., Ren, X., Willcox, M. D. P. & Kim, I. S., 1 Apr 2020, In : Cellulose. 27, 6, p. 3319-3334 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activity of Antimicrobial Peptides and Ciprofloxacin against Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms

    Yasir, M., Dutta, D. & Willcox, M. D. P., 24 Aug 2020, In : Molecules. 25, 17, e3843.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Mechanism of Action of Surface Immobilized Antimicrobial Peptides Against Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Yasir, M., Dutta, D., Hossain, K. R., Chen, R., Ho, K. K. K., Kuppusamy, R., Clarke, R. J., Kumar, N. & Willcox, M. D. P., 22 Jan 2020, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 10, 3053.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Prevalence and seasonal variation of Acanthamoeba in domestic tap water in greater Sydney, Australia

    Carnt, N. A., Subedi, D., Lim, A. W., Lee, R., Mistry, P., Badenoch, P. R., Kilvington, S. & Dutta, D., 29 Mar 2020, In : Clinical and Experimental Optometry.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Brian Kirby Prize for Research Excellence in Optometry

    Dutta, Debarun (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    William C. Ezell fellowship

    Dutta, Debarun (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Maki Shiobara Scholarship - Optometric Vision Research Foundation (OVRF)

    Dutta, Debarun (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Examination

    Assessor for grants for Australian Research Council

    Debarun Dutta (Examiner)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    UNSW - India Research Roadshow

    Debarun Dutta (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Press / Media

    Visualizing the Ocular Microbiome

    Debarun Dutta


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Antimicrobial peptide-coated contact lenses deemed safe

    Debarun Dutta


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research