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Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Prof. Barbara Pierscionek

School/Department: Faculty Wide
Position: Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise)


Barbara Krystyna Pierscionek qualified with clinical and scientific degrees (PhD in protein chemistry and optics) from the University of Melbourne in Australia and obtained an MBA and legal qualifications in the UK including the theoretical degree required for practice as a solicitor in England and Wales as well as a Masters degree in Law (LLM). Her scientific expertise is in the area of eye and vision research.

After post doctoral appointments at the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and subsequently the National Vision Research Institute, Barbara became the youngest recipient of the WDWright NHMRC fellowship and established an innovative program in eye research supported by NHMRC grants at La Trobe University (Engineering School) and Monash University (Department of Medicine). Returning to UK in 1998 she worked at the University of Bradford as Senior Lecturer and then Senior Research Fellow in Biomedical Sciences before moving to the University of Ulster to take up a Chair in Vision Sciences. Barbara successfully led the Vision Science group and diversified the research program to incorporate a range of project including disciplines of proteomics, optics, biomechanics, nanotechnology, image processing, psychology and ethics.

Barbara is currently working at Kingston University as the Associate Dean of Research and Enterprise in the Faculty Science, Engineering and Computing. She manages a diverse research and enterprise portfolio and conducts a program of research in vision science with colleagues from across the faculty. Legal and ethical issues continue to be active interests: she is a scientific advisor for the Safer Medicines Trust and a member of the Employment Tribunals (South London).

Barbara's research has been supported by the NHMRC, EPSRC, industry funding (Essilor International), charities (RNIB, Ulster Foundation, Fight for Sight), Royal Society, British Council, DEL(NI), CARA and the Institute of International Education and the EU.

Other Professional Activity

Editorial Board Membership
Journal of Biomedical Optics- Editorial Board Member
Current Analytical Chemistry- Editorial Board Member
The Open Optics Journal - Editorial Board Member
BMC Research Notes- Associate Editor for sections Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Medical Ethics, Medical Imaging, Medical Physics, Ophthalmology, Physiology
Journal of Integrated Omics - Associate Editor
Reviews in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology- Associate Editor