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Dr Holly Chinnery is a Lecturer in Vision Science in Optometry within the School of Medicine. Dr Chinnery majored in Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia where she completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in 2004 and her PhD in 2008. Since completing her PhD, she has worked as a Post-doctoral research fellow in the Ocular Immunology laboratory headed by Professor Paul McMenamin at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth and more recently at Monash University.
Dr Chinnery's primary research focus is centered on characterizing the biology and behaviour of macrophages and dendritic cells in the eye during normal homeostasis and ageing and also in response to a range of ocular pathologies including corneal inflammation/infection, intraocular inflammation and diabetic retinopathy. She uses mouse models of ocular inflammation to track the migration, kinetics and phenotypic changes in resident and infiltrating populations of immune cells in the eye. She has extensive experience in confocal microscopy of fixed ocular tissues as well as imaging corneal and retinal inflammatory responses in vivo. Dr Chinnery was the first to describe the in vivo existence of novel forms of cellular communication, known as membrane nanotubes, in the inflamed mouse cornea. This well cited paper was published in the Journal of Immunology, Cutting Edge. She has published in a range of well-respected peer-reviewed journals including Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Immunology, Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology and Neurobiology of Aging.