• 61 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Research Biography

I am a clinician-scientist interested in the genetic basis of eye diseases and the development of gene therapy treatments. I completed Medical School at the University of Adelaide, where I was President of the Adelaide Medical Students’ Society and also attained a first class Honours in Medical Science for my research on neurodegeneration. I worked as a first-year doctor at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide, where I was named the top intern for both the Medical department and Emergency department. After working as a service registrar in the Ophthalmology department at Flinders Medical Centre in 2014, I took up a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University to complete my Doctorate of Philosophy. My thesis explored the development of viral vector gene therapies for retinitis pigmentosa and achromatopsia eye diseases. 

In the year after my PhD, I undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship at Flinders University. There, I was the Chief Investigator on a grant from the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, where I tested a rAAV virus vector gene therapy for neuroprotection in experimental glaucoma. I also contributed to the development and clinical validation of a polygenic risk score for predicting onset and severity of glaucoma. In 2019, I commenced eye surgery training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in South Australia. During my Ophthalmology training, I am continuing my clinical and translational research projects, remain an associate supervisor of two PhD students, and remain an active peer-reviewer for international journals, national grants, and higher degree students.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 May 2018

Bachelor, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 31 Dec 2012

Bachelor (Honours), University of Adelaide

Award Date: 31 Dec 2009

External positions

Board director, Sight for All Foundation, Adelaide

Jan 20202021

Registrar, Fellowship Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

Jan 2019 → …

Clinical lecturer, University of Adelaide

May 2018 → …


  • RE Ophthalmology
  • Glaucoma
  • Inherited retinal dystrophies
  • QH426 Genetics
  • Gene therapy
  • Viral vectors
  • Polygenic risk score
  • Polygenic disease
  • QH301 Biology
  • Translational research
  • Animal studies
  • Molecular biology

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Research Output

  • 61 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 1 Letter

An Intraocular Pressure Polygenic Risk Score Stratifies Multiple Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Parameters Including Treatment Intensity

Qassim, A., Souzeau, E., Siggs, O. M., Hassall, M. M., Han, X., Griffiths, H. L., Frost, N. A., Vallabh, N. A., Kirwan, J. F., Menon, G., Cree, A. J., Galanopoulos, A., Agar, A., Healey, P. R., Graham, S. L., Landers, J., Casson, R. J., Gharahkhani, P., Willoughby, C. E., Hewitt, A. W. & 3 others, Lotery, A. J., MacGregor, S. & Craig, J. E., 7 Jan 2020, In : Ophthalmology. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Multitrait analysis of glaucoma identifies new risk loci and enables polygenic prediction of disease susceptibility and progression

    NEIGHBORHOOD Consortium, UK Biobank Eye and Vision Consortium, Craig, J. E., Qassim, A., Hassall, M., Marshall, H., Zhou, T., Siggs, O., Souzeau, E., Ridge, B., Burdon, K. P., Mills, R. A., Landers, J., White, A. J. R., Andrew, N. H., Foster, P. J. & Mackey, D. A., 1 Feb 2020, In : Nature Genetics. 52, 2, p. 160-166 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Using Icare HOME tonometry for follow-up of patients with open-angle glaucoma before and after selective laser trabeculoplasty

    Awadalla, M. S., Qassim, A., Hassall, M., Nguyen, T. T., Landers, J. & Craig, J. E., Apr 2020, In : Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 48, 3, p. 328-333 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Genome-wide association analysis of 95 549 individuals identifies novel loci and genes influencing optic disc morphology

    Han, X., Qassim, A., An, J., Marshall, H., Zhou, T., Ong, J. S., Hassall, M. M., Hysi, P. G., Foster, P. J., Khaw, P. T., Mackey, D. A., Gharahkhani, P., Khawaja, A. P., Hewitt, A. W., Craig, J. E. & MacGregor, S., 6 Nov 2019, In : Human Molecular Genetics. 28, 21, p. 3680-3690 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Long-term survival rates of patients undergoing vitrectomy for diabetic retinopathy in an Australian population: a population-based audit

    Liu, E., Estevez, J., Kaidonis, G., Hassall, M., Phillips, R., Raymond, G., Saha, N., Wong, G. H. C., Gilhotra, J., Burdon, K., Landers, J., Henderson, T., Newland, H., Lake, S. & Craig, J. E., 1 Jul 2019, In : Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 47, 5, p. 598-604 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    Rhodes Scholarship

    Hassall, Mark (Recipient), 2012