Professor Omar Mahroo

Consultant ophthalmologist


Mahroo, Omar

Qualifications / Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Physiological Society (FTPS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)
  • General Medical Council Specialist Register
  • Fellow of Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of International Society for the Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV) and British Society for the Clinical
  • Electrophysiology of Vision (BRISCEV)
  • Member of the Association for Research in Vision and
  • Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • Trustee of Duke Elder Fund

Current NHS / University Post

  • Professor of Retinal Neuroscience, UCL
  • Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields City Road

Medical training

  • BA Hons Medical Sciences (first class awarded every year),
  • University of Cambridge 1996-1999
  • Honorary MA, University of Cambridge, 2003
  • PhD (retinal physiology; supervisors, TD Lamb FRS and the late RHS Carpenter), University of Cambridge, 2001-2004
  • Clerkship (general medicine, oncology, surgery), Yale University School of Medicine, 2004
  • Post-Doctoral research scientist, Australian National University, 2004
  • House Jobs and Foundation training, Cambridge Deanery
  • Ophthalmology training, London Deanery
  • Academic clinical lecturer, King’s College London (St Thomas’ Hospital), 2011-2014
  • FRCOphth 2012
  • Post-Graduate certificate in academic practice for Higher Education, 2013
  • Medical retina fellowship, Moorfields Eye Hospital, 2014-2016

Research interest / experience

  • Application of retinal electrophysiology to understand inherited retinal diseases, mechanisms of myopia development and retinal impairment in neurological diseases.
  • Chief Investigator for multi-centre portfolio study, “Recording retinal responses in health and disease”.
  • PI for research study, “Ocular phenotype of Alport syndrome”.
  • 135 publications in peer-reviewed journals and four book chapters.

Languages spoken

  • English 


  • 2023: Annual Guest Lecture, Medical Ophthalmology Society of UK
  • 2020: Award for Teaching Excellence, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
  • 2019: “Rising Star of the Year” Award from Macular Society (UK)
  • 2019: Invited Clinical expert for NICE scientific advisory panel
  • 2019: Research grants from Moorfields Eye Charity
  • 2018: Elected member of US-based Macula Society
  • 2017: Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship Award from Wellcome trust (£1.1 million)
  • 2016: Research grant from Fight for Sight and Thomas Pocklington trust
  • 2015: King’s College London ACL best paper prize
  • 2014: Research grant from Fight for Sight and Birdshot Uveitis Society
  • 2014: King’s College London ACL poster prize
  • 2014: UKISCRS best refractive paper
  • 2013: Royal Society of medicine ophthalmic trainees’ meeting poster prize
  • 2012: Research grant from Fight for Sight
  • 2011: European Vision and Eye Research (EVER) section prize for best paper
  • 2008: Royal Society of Medicine ophthalmic trainees’ meeting poster prize
  • 1999: University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College – clinical scholarship and Walter Myers Exhibition for medicine
  • 1998: University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College – senior scholarship
  • 1997: University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College – scholarship

Last updated
15th March 2024