Dr Amit Jinabhai BSc, PhD, MCOptom, FBCLA, FEAOO, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Optometry

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After graduating with a first-class B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Optometry (from UMIST, in 2004), Amit successfully completed the British College of Optometrists' Professional Qualification Examinations (PQEs), followed by registration with the General Optical Council (GOC) in 2005. 

Since qualifying as an Optometrist, Amit has worked in several clinical capacities, including within the field of refractive surgery.

In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. at The University of Manchester (Faculty of Life Sciences), investigating Optical Quality and Visual Performance in Patients with Keratoconus - supervised by Dr Clare O'Donnell, Dr Hema Radhakrishnan and Dr Cindy Tromans.

Following this, Amit completed Post-Doctoral Research at Aston University (School of Life & Health Sciences), working under Prof. James Wolffsohn, in collaboration with Visioncare Research Ltd. (Farnham, Surrey UK). During this period, Amit also co-edited the 'Monthly Research Updates' series (for Bausch & Lomb's 'Academy of Visioncare' website) in partnership with Prof. Wolffsohn

In 2012, he was awarded the British College of Optometrists' George Giles Prize for outstanding postgraduate research. Amit was also awarded the Peter Abel Prizeby the Association of German Contact Lens Specialists and Optometrists (VDC/o), for excellence in contact lens optics research. He also received Fellowship from the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) by viva-voce examination.

In the Spring of 2015, Amit was awarded Fellowship from the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) by viva-voce examination. In the Summer of 2015, Amit was awarded the Faculty of Life Sciences Teaching Excellence Award for 'Second Year Unit Coordinator of the Year' for the highest-ranking unit survey scores across the entire Faculty.

In 2017, Amit was presented with the prestigious Optometry 'Lecturer of the Year' award by the National Association of Optometrists (AOP).

Amit is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (awarded in 2015) and currently works as a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (School of Health Sciences: Division of Pharmacy and Optometry).



External positions

External Examiner for Optometry, University of Bradford

1 Sep 2019 → …

Hearings Panel Member, General Optical Council

1 Jul 2018 → …

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2012 - Doctor of Philosophy, Optometry, The University of Manchester
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Science, Optometry (first class with honours), UMIST

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