Dr Doina Gherghel

Doina Gherghel
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Dr Doina Gherghel is an academic ophthalmologist with a large research and teaching portfolios. She is  the founder of Aston's Vascular Imaging and Research Laboratory, the first UK laboratory dedicated to investigating the role of both systemic and ocular circulation in the onset and progression of ocular and systemic vascular disease. The lab also provides personalised risk assessment for early detection of cardiovascular disease risk. 

Research interests

  • Systemic and ocular circulation in health and disease
  • Personalised medicine
  • Individual risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Ageing and vascular health
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension- early risk markers
  • Obesity and vascular health
  • Alzheimer disease: ocular circulation and endothelial function
  • Alzheimer's disease: vision correction and cognitive function
  • Circadian rhythms in human circulation  
  • Intra-ocular drug delivery systems
  • Psychological aspects of vision care

Research Projects/Collaborations

Teaching Activity



  • Sept 2012-2017,  BMEC Honorary Assistant Specialist (glaucoma)
  • Sept 2009-to date Heart of England NHS Trust- Honorary Assistant Specialist (glaucoma)
  • 2006: PhD, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
  • 2004-to date: Aston University: Lecturer in Ophthalmology
  • 2004-2005: Medici Fellow (Technology Transfer Fellowship)
  • 2004-to date: Research Consultant, Aston Academy of Life Sciences
  • 2001-2004: Honorary Trust Fellow, Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK
  • 2001-2004: Research Fellow, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
  • 1998-2000: Glaucoma Research Fellow, University Eye Clinic, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1999: Doctor, Ophthalmology, University Eye Clinic Iasi, Romania
  • 1995-1998: Registrar in Ophthalmology, University Eye Clinic Iasi, Romania
  • 1988-1994: University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • General Medical Council, Specialist Register in Ophthalmology
  • Alzheimer’s Research Trust, Midlands Network
  • Glaucoma Society (UK and EIRE)
  • European Glaucoma Society (EGS)
  • Association of Ocular Blood Flow
  • SFHEA, Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

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