2011 – 2017
Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. Balwantray C. Chauhan

2009 – 2011
Master of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program
The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

2004 – 2008
Bachelor of Medical Science, Honours in Medical Biophysics
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Faculty of Science
The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Research Interests

The eye is a complex organ that contains central nervous system tissue, but also remarkably accessible to view and study. It can be used as a window into the human body and a means of detecting ocular diseases, in addition to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and multiple sclerosis. My experience and understanding of biophysics, engineering and physiology provide me with the opportunity to approach vision and eye research problems from a unique perspective. Two important priorities for my research projects are:

  1. Research that is a balance of experimental methods and clinical relevance
  2. Multi-disciplinary collaborations and approaches to assist in answering important questions

The research area in which I am most enthusiastic is non-invasive imaging for disease detection and prevention. I have utilized a variety of imaging techniques in my previous and current work including microscopy (light, fluorescence, intravital video), micro-computed tomography, scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography. My current research is investigating the variability of optical coherence tomography angiography and developing reliable quantitative measures from the acquired data. Developing new tools and methods for non-invasive imaging of the eye is required for accurate longitudinal results to be acquired and to obtain a better understanding of disease progression. This strategy will provide a procedure to monitor the health of the specific cells that die as a result of diseases such as glaucoma.

Keywords: retinal ganglion cells, in vivo imaging, ocular drug delivery, digital image processing, image analysis


Smith CA, Chauhan BC. In vivo imaging of adeno-associated viral vector labelled retinal ganglion cells. Sci Rep 2018;8:1490.

Smith CA, Vianna JR, Chauhan BC. Assessing retinal ganglion cell damage. Eye 2017;31(2):209-217.

Smith CA, Chauhan BC. Imaging retinal ganglion cells: Enabling experimental technology for clinical application. Prog Retin Eye Res 2015;44:1-14.

Smith CA, Newson TA, Hutnik CML, Hill KA. Identification of anomalous features of intravitreal injections using micro-computed tomography. Curr Eye Res 2013;38:375-380.

Smith CA, Newson TA, Leonard KC, Barfett J, Holdsworth DW, Hutnik CML, Hill KA. A novel framework for modeling ocular drug transport and flow through the eye using micro-CT. Phys Med Biol 2012;57(19):6295-6307.

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