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Professor Luminita Paraoan PhD

Professor Eye & Vision Sciences


Personal Statement

Professor Luminita Paraoan leads the Ocular Molecular Biology and Mechanisms of Disease Group in the Department of Eye and Vision Science, in the Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences of the University of Liverpool, UK. Earlier in her career, Luminita graduated as Valedictorian from Faculty of Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of Bucharest, Romania, was then a Fulbright Research Scholar at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA and a Wellcome Trust Prize Scholar in The Department of Biochemistry, University of Liverpool, UK. Luminita developed her career as a Wellcome Trust Prize Fellow at The University of Liverpool where she joined the Faculty of Medicine in 2001 and developed her research interests in the area of gene expression and regulation in retinal pigment epithelial cells and other ocular pigmented cells, with particular emphasis on processes such as proteolysis, apoptosis, cellular signalling, extracellular matrix and intracellular trafficking. By studying these processes the researchers in the Paraoan group have identified and characterised molecular determinants of normal physiological and pathological states of specific eye tissues. The studies have implications for ocular and neurodegenerative diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, proliferative pathology and cancer.

Prizes or Honours

  • Gold Fellow ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2021)
  • Distinguished Lecture Cleveland Clinic USA (Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, USA, 2020)
  • RPE/Choroid Co-Lead ISER Biennial Meeting 2020 (ISER, 2020)
  • Vice-President (Europe) (The International Society for Eye Research, 2020)
  • Springboard Leadership Programme (CPD - University of Liverpool, 2019)
  • Fellow (The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2019)
  • Invited Speaker IACR-2020 (The Indian Association for Cancer Research, 2020)
  • Invited talk, Thammasat University, Thailand (Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Pathumthani, Thailand, 2019)
  • Invited talk, Newcastle University (Institute of Genetic Medicine, University of Newcastle, 2019)
  • Patron, Liverpool Old Blues' Association (Liverpool Old Blues' Association, 2018)
  • Chair, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Section, AMPC, ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2018)
  • Main ARVO Symposium Organizer 2018, Hawaii, USA (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology , 2018)
  • Retinal Cell Biology Co-Lead, ISER Biennial Meeting 2018, Belfast, UK (International Society of Eye Research, 2018)
  • Elected Member Annual Meeting Programme Committee, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Section (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2016)
  • Chair and organizer, Regulation of RPE proteostasis session (XXII Biennial Meeting of The International Society of Eye Research, Tokyo, Japan, 2016)
  • Moderator Retina/RPE Molecular Biology session (ARVO Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Section, 2011)
  • Chair of symposium, World Cancer Congress (BIT 7th World Cancer Congress, 2014)
  • Member Retina Research Foundation Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research Prize Committee (ISER Council, 2014)
  • Appointed Member of ARVO Publications Committee (ARVO, 2014)
  • Acting Chair, Internatinal Society for Eye Research Communication Committee (ISER, 2013)
  • Honorary International Professor (IOBA, University of Valladolid, 2013)
  • Moderator RPE/Retina Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Session (ARVO Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Section, 2012)
  • European representative ISER Communication Committee (International Society for Eye Research, 2012)
  • Organizer and Chair of session XX Meeting International Society for Eye Research (International Society for Eye Research, 2012)
  • Invited speaker IOBA, University of Valladolid (IOBA, University of Valladollid, Spain, 2012)
  • Chair and session organizer XX Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research (ISER Retinal Cell Biology Section, 2012)
  • Co-Chair of session, Medical Research on Major Cancer, BIT's 4th Annual World Cancer Congress (BIT's 4th Annual World Cancer Congress, 2011)
  • City Ambassador (Ambassador Programme Liverpool City Region, 2011)
  • Session Organizer (International Society for Eye Research, 2011)
  • Chair and session organizer XIX Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research (XIX Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research, 2010)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (The Higher Education Academy, 2010)
  • Organizer and Chair of Session RPE Proteolysis: Regulation and Relationship to Retinal Disorders (International Society for Eye Research, 2010)
  • Invited speaker Amsler Club Meeting 2010 (Amsler Club Meeting 2010, Nottingham, UK, 2010)
  • Distinction for Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Liverpool, 2009)
  • Young Investigator Fellowship Award (International Society for Eye Research, 2008)
  • Honorary Visiting International Professor (University of Malaya, 2013)
  • Inaugural Lecture, University of Malaya (2013)
  • Honorary Professor, European Master degree in Visual Sciences Research, University of Valladolid (University of Valladolid, IOBA, Spain, 2010)