Associate Professor Chris Layton

Academic Title-Associate Professor

Greenslopes Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 3394 7284


Assoc Professor Layton’s record is one of distinguished achievement and contribution in clinical and research ophthalmology. He is a Rhodes Scholar, was trained in academic ophthalmology at the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology at Oxford University and is now a prominent Australian medical retina specialist based in Brisbane, where he practices at Greenslopes Hospital, the largest private hospital in Australia. He is the Director of the Ophthalmology Research Unit at the University of Queensland and is lead investigator for multiple clinical trials and discovery projects in ophthalmology. He presents on both clinical and research topics internationally and has received several international awards for his work in ophthalmology. A/Professor Layton contributes to the community as the Chairman of the Layton Vision Foundation, a charity dedicated to promoting eye research in Australia and access to ophthalmic services in the Pacific Islands, and is the immediate past president of the Oxford University Society Qld Inc.

Research Interests

  • Ophthalmology
  • Gene therapy
  • Medical retina disease
  • Retinal angiogenesis
  • Intraocular drug delivery and targeting
  • Diabetic Retinopathy

Research Impacts

Established in 2013, the Ophthalmology Research Unit at the University of Queensland is the largest ophthalmologist led research unit in Queensland. The unit’s research focus is on optimising next generation targeted therapeutics for the intravitreal treatment of currently blinding or fatal medical retinal conditions. Through the Gallipoli Medical Research Institute, our world class infrastructure includes modern, extensively equipped PC2 laboratories and one of Australia’s most awarded clinical trials units. The unit has developed a complete bench to bedside development pipeline, from high technology discovery work of targeted therapeutics in cell culture systems to unit sponsored clinical trials. Available equipment on site includes gene sequencer, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, real time PCR, spectral domain OCT, clinical trials support and angiography suite. Academic training is a specialty of the unit and forms the ideal foundation for a career as a visual scientist, neuroscientist or academic ophthalmologist. Alternatively, experiences in the unit can be tailored to impart a high level of ophthalmic knowledge prior to undertaking the RANZCO ophthalmology training program or equivalency examinations. Supervision is supportive, available at all times and is directed towards the career goals of the Unit's members, not the advancement of the Unit itself.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oxf.
  • The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Op, RANZCO
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Optometry), Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Requires AHPRA registration and a clinical degree