Dr Lisa J Hill PhD

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Institute of Clinical Sciences
Lecturer - Teaching & Research

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Sir Robert Aiken Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Lisa Hill is a Lecturer who specialises in developing and translating new treatments for ocular fibroproliferative disorders. Lisa is based within the Neuroscience & Ophthalmology group and her research interests are on the role of cytokines and growth factors in ocular scarring and ocular drug delivery.


  • PhD in Medicine, 2015
  • BMedSc Neuroscience, 2010


Lisa has a background in Neuroscience and obtained her PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2015. Lisa’s PhD research investigated the role of cytokines and growth factors associated with ocular scarring diseases. After graduating she had a post-doctoral position with Professors Antonio Belli, Ann Logan and Liam Grover working in the fields of Neurotrauma, Ophthalmology and biomaterials science. She works in the fields of translational neuroscience and ophthalmology and has a particular interest in ocular scarring diseases (Corneal scarring, Glaucoma, Age-related Macular Degeneration) and ocular drug delivery. Lisa has current collaborative projects with the University of Melbourne, the University of California Irvine, Queen’s University Belfast, Aston University and Moorfields Eye Hospital as well as international industrial partners.   


BSc Biomedical Science (Years 1-3)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Post-graduate supervisor
  • Clinical BSc supervisor


Other activities

  • PERCAT Committee member for UoB post-docs
  • ARVO member


  • Cooke M, Smith A, Snow M, Nandra R, Holton J, Chouhan G, Ter Horst B, Esmaeli M, Hill LJ, Moakes R, Jones S, Williams R, Moiemen N, Grover LM.  Structuring of soft materials across multiple length scales for biomedical applications. Invited review for Advanced Materials [under review Aug 2018]
  • Williams AC & Hill LJ (2017) Meat and Nicotinamide: their causal role in our evolution, history and demographics. Int. Jour. Tryptophan Res 10;1-23 https://doi.org/10.1177/1178646917704661
  • Hill LJ & Williams AC (2017). Meat intake and the dose of Vitamin B3 - Nicotinamide: cause of the causes of Disease Transitions, Health Divides and Health Futures? Int. Jour. Tryptophan Res 10;1-22 https://doi.org/10.1177/1178646917704662
  • Valentina Di Pietro, Giacomo Lazzarino, Angela Maria Amorini, Stefano Signorette, Lisa J Hill, Edoardo Porto, Barbara Tavazzi, Giuseppe Lazzarino, Antonio Belli. (2017) Fussion or Fission; The destiny of mitochondria in traumatic brain injury of different severities.  Nature Scientific Reports 7:9189
  • Lisa J Hill*, Valentina Di Pietro, Jon Hazeldine, David Davies, Emma Toman, Ann Logan, Antonio Belli. (2017) Cystatin D (CST5): An ultra-early inflammatory biomarker of traumatic brain injury.

Nature Scientific Reports 7:5002

*Corresponding author

[Almetric attention score of 103, top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric]

  • Felicity de Cogan*, Lisa J Hill*, Aisling Lynch, Peter J Morgan-Warren, Judith Lechner, Matthew R. Berwick, Anna FA Peacock, Mei Chen, Robert AH Scott, Heping Xu, Ann Logan. (2017) Topical delivery of anti-VEGF drugs to the ocular posterior segment using cell penetrating peptides. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 1;58(5):2578-2590. doi: 10.1167/iovs.16-20072.

*Contributed equally and were joint first authors

[Almetric attention score of 224, top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric]

  • Di Pietro V, Ragusa M, Davies D, Su Z, Hazeldine J, Lazzarino G, Hill LJ, Crombie N, Foster M, Purrello M, Logan A, Belli A. (2017) MicroRNAs as Novel Biomarkers for the Diagnostics and Prognosis of Mild and Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. J. Neurotrauma 2017 Mar 9. doi: 10.1089/neu.2016.4857
  • Mead B*, Hill LJ*, Blanch, RJ, Ward K, Logan A, Berry M, Leadbeater W, Scheven B. (2016) Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Mediated Neuroprotection and Functional Preservation of Retinal Ganglion Cells in a Rodent Model of Glaucoma. Cytotherapy, 18(4):487-96

*Contributed equally and were joint first authors

  • Hill LJ*, Mead B, Blanch R J, Ahmed Z, De Cogan F, Morgan-Warren PJ, Mohamed S, Leadbeater W, Berry M, Logan, A. (2015) Decorin Reduces Intraocular Pressure and Retinal Ganglion Cell Loss in Rodents Through Fibrolysis of the Scarred Trabecular Meshwork. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 56(6), 3743-3757

*Corresponding author

  • Williams AC, Hill LJ, Ramsden DB (2012) Nicotinamide, NAD(P)(H), and Methyl-Group Homeostasis Evolved and Became a Determinant of Ageing Diseases: Hypotheses and Lessons from Pellagra. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research 01/2012; 2012:302875.