Dr Mariya Moosajee is a Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in Genetic Eye Disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She graduated with First Class Honours in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in 2000, Medicine (MBBS) in 2003, and was awarded her PhD in Molecular Ophthalmology in 2009 all from Imperial College London. She completed her NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London, in 2016 and became the first Ophthalmologist to be awarded the prestigious Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Development Fellowship. Her current clinical focus is developing a Genomic Medicine service for children and adults affected with genetic eye disease.
Dr Moosajee leads a research group at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and her specialist interest is understanding the molecular basis of genetic eye disease, both ocular malformations and inherited retinal disease, using relevant disease models, human induced pluripotent stem cell derived retinal cells and medical bioinformatics. Her research has brought her international and national acclaim winning over 25 prizes including twice winner of the Foulds Trophy awarded by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Best Young Scientist Prize by the European Paediatric Ophthalmological Society, and the Members-in-Training Prize from the Association of Research for Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Through dissecting the molecular and cellular pathways of disease, Dr Moosajee and her team have identified therapeutic targets and developed treatment strategies, including nonsense suppression therapy, which is applicable to a wide range of inherited eye disorders.