Dr Maria Cabrera Aguas is a Researcher at the Corneal Research Group at the University of Sydney, Save Sight Institute.
She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the National University in Colombia, a Master of International Public Health (MIPH) from UNSW and a Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine from The University of Sydney. Her PhD thesis focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of a treatment guideline for herpes simplex keratitis at the Sydney Eye Hospital. The Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation funded her research.
Her research interest includes developing treatment guidelines for infectious keratitis, epidemiology of infectious keratitis, antimicrobial resistance in ocular infections, and ocular stem cell therapies.
She is a member of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the largest association in ophthalmology and vision science worldwide, and of Public Health Association of Australia. She currently serves on the ARVO Diversity Initiatives Committee.
She completed the Science Communication Training Fellowship from ARVO in March 2021. She created the ‘Sydney Eye Podcast’ with three episodes for the Fellowship’s outreach activity.
She serves as a reviewer for the following journals:
- Clinical and Experimental Optometry
- BMC infectious diseases
- Journal of International Medical Research
- Ophthalmic Epidemiology
- BMJ Open Ophthalmology
- Optometry and Vision Science
- Clinical Ophthalmology
- Journal de Mycologie Médicale
- Infection and Drug Resistance
- BMJ case reports
- Journal of Fungi