Dr Carol Lakkis awarded Honorary Enterprise Professor

We celebrate the recent award bestowed upon Dr Carol Lakkis as Honorary Enterprise Professor within the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences.

Carol's leadership in the ophthalmic industry, particularly in important research related to contact lenses and ocular microbiology, has earned her a well-deserved international reputation. Her contributions extend to the development of commercial medical devices that enhance the sight and quality of life for millions globally. We welcome Carol to this distinguished role and look forward to the valuable insights and innovation her wealth of experience will bring to our department and the university.

headshot of Dr Carol Lakkis

Dr Lakkis is a graduate of The University of Melbourne, Australia, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Optometry in 1991 and her PhD in the field of Ocular Microbiology in 1999. With over 100 publication and extensive lecturing experience, she is internationally recognised as an industry leader for her innovative research in ocular microbiology and contact lenses. Her contributions to several commercial medical devices have enhanced the lives of millions of patients worldwide. Dr Lakkis has held academic positions as Assistant Clinical Professor and Assistant Research Scientist at the University of California, Berkley, School of Optometry, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology. Dr Lakkis was Director of Research, Clinical Vision Research Australia, Australian College of Optometry from 2002-2010, and then worked in various roles in Research and Development at Johnson and Johnson Vision Care in Jacksonville, Florida from 2010-2018, including Biological Sciences Leader and Head of Applied Clinical Sciences.

Since 2018, Dr Lakkis has been leading her own independent clinical and biological research consulting business, providing expert guidance to multinational medical device and pharmaceutical companies as well as startups working in the areas of contact lenses, intraocular lenses, tear film diagnostics, combination products, bioengineered tissues, and pharmaceutical drug development. Dr Lakkis holds honorary appointments as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry and Honorary Enterprise Professor at The University of Melbourne, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Australian College of Optometry, and the British Contact Lens Association, serves on the editorial board of the journal Eye and Contact Lens and is a Vice President of the International Society of Contact Lens Research.