Professor Stephanie Watson

 - Chief Investigator

Research focus: Developing innovative solutions to restore sight in corneal disorders

Professor Stephanie Watson is an international leader in research and innovation appointed at the Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney, and a practising corneal surgeon at the Sydney Eye, Prince of Wales, and Sydney Children’s Hospitals.

Her research programme focusses on innovative solutions to restore sight from and promote eye health in corneal disease whilst training the next generation of eye experts - clinicians and scientists. Prof Watson is known for her ground-breaking research in stem cell treatment for corneas.  She has over 155 publications, holds international patents and is invited to speak internationally. Her sub-speciality training was undertaken at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London where she completed a PhD on a new dry eye therapy.  

As Chair of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, Regenerative Medicine national theme leader for Stem Cells Australia, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologist committee member, and State Representative for the Corneal Society, Editor for the Cochrane Eyes Vision Group UK she contributes to national and international policy development.

Professor Watson was nominated for NSW Women of the Year and a Care and Compassion medal in the Pride of Australia awards. She led her team to first prize in the Best Health Innovation Product Idea, IDE group and was awarded first prize for the Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program, ATP Innovations and the NSW Office for Health and Medical Research. She received the Gustav Nossal Medical and Dental Post-graduate Research NHMRC scholarship; this is awarded to the highest ranked applicant and was awarded the ‘Les is more’ grand final award, episode winner and people’s choice award on The New Inventors, ABC Television.