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Scientia Associate Professor, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Sydney, UNSW Sydney

Nicole Carnt is a Scientia Associate Professor at The School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Sydney, Australia. She graduated from Optometry at UNSW in 1989 and worked in private practice for 10 years in Australia and the UK before taking a position with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, UNSW in 1999. She completed a PhD on Genetics and Epidemiology of Contact Lens Related Infection and Inflammation 2008-12 and was awarded a prestigious Australian Government NHMRC Research Fellowship in 2012 and spent the first 2.5 years at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Currently she leads a multi-disciplined team investigating genomic, environmental and behavioral risk factors for Keratitis. She is Chair of the Australian Standards Committee on Contact Lenses and an ISO Contact Lens Working Group Expert. Nicole is passionate about patient engagement in research, healthy contact lens wear, women in STEMM and mentoring in research and Optometry.


  • 2017–present
    Scientia Senior Lecturer, UNSW, Sydney
  • 2012–2017
    NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow, University of Sydney


  • 2019 
    UNSW, Sydney, GradCertOcTher
  • 2012 
    UNSW, Sydney, PhD
  • 1989 
    UNSW, Sydney, B.Optom (Hons)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Rebecca Cooper Foundation Vision Research Award
    Funding Source:
    Australian Charity

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow British Contact Lens Association
  • Fellow American Academy of Optometry; Cornea and Contact Lens and Refractive Technology Section
  • Member Cornea and Contact Lens Association of Australia
  • Member Optometry Australia

Research Areas

  • Vision Science (111303)


NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow; AOF Ezell Fellow; USyd Laffan Scholar; UNSW Scientia Fellow