Liying Low MBChB (with Honours)

Liying Low

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Fight for Sight Clinical Research Fellow
Specialty Registrar in Ophthalmology

Contact details

Address
Academic Unit of Ophthalmology
Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Centre for Translational Inflammation Research
Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre
Dudley Road
Birmingham, B18 7QH

Dr Liying Low is a Clinical Research Fellow in the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham and an honorary Specialty Registrar in Ophthalmology.

She was awarded the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellowship in Ophthalmology from 2013 to 2016.

In 2016, she was awarded a Fight for Sight Clinical Fellowship to undertake her PhD project, investigating the links between the gut microbiome and inflammatory ocular disease, supervised by Miss Saaeha Rauz, Dr Graham Wallace, Dr Nicholas Loman and Professor Philip I Murray.

She is currently serving as the Deputy Chair of the Ophthalmologists in Training Group (OTG) for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and has been invited as a trainee representative on the NIHR UK-wide Ophthalmology Research Strategy Executive Board.

Liying is actively involved in the clinical management, both medically and surgically, of patients with eye disease.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0631-8891

Qualifications

  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists Refraction Certificate (awarded the Elizabeth Hunt medal for highest mark), 2015.
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), ECFMG certified, 2013.
  • MBChB (with Honours), Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery, University of Glasgow, 2011. (Distinction for overall academic performance in final year medical degree, Student Selected Module 3 Excellence Award in Paediatric Ophthalmology)

Biography

Liying read Medicine at the University of Glasgow, graduating with Honours in 2011. Her interests in clinical research started early in her medical school years, undertaking electives to build upon her research skills as a research scholar (Duke University, USA, 2009), and her clinical skills through a Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Programme (Mayo Clinic, USA, 2010).

She furthered her medical training through the Academic Foundation Programme with the East of Scotland Deanery, in 2011, and undertook a rotation in academic ophthalmology, mentored by Professor Carrie MacEwen. In recognition of her research work to improve the clinical management of ocular trauma, she received the Dundee Clinical Academic Track Discovery Travel Award in 2013.

She was successful in securing a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellowship Award in 2013 and subsequently took up ophthalmology specialist training with the Health Education West Midlands School of Ophthalmology. In 2015, she received the Herefordshire Medical Society Junior Staff Prize for best medical case presentation. She was awarded the Elizabeth Hunt medal for attaining the highest mark in the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) Refraction Certificate.

She was awarded a Fight for Sight Clinical Fellowship in 2016 to undertake a PhD project, aiming to characterise the host-microbiome interactions in inflammatory ocular disease. In 2019, she undertook a research fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA under the supervision of Professor Russell Van Gelder, to investigate the role of molecular sequencing for the rapid identification of causative pathogens in endophthalmitis.

Liying is currently serving as the Deputy Chair of the Ophthalmologists in Training Group (OTG) for the RCOphth, trainee representative on the NIHR UK-wide Ophthalmology Research Strategy Executive Board and UK Council Member of the International Society for Behçet’s Disease.

Research

Research interests

Liying is currently undertaking a Fight for Sight-funded Clinical Fellowship, supervised by Miss Saaeha Rauz, Dr Graham Wallace, Dr Nick Loman and Prof PI Murray, investigating the relationship between immune responses, host genotype and gut microbiome profile that may contribute to the clinical manifestations in ocular inflammatory disease.

She has received the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth)/Fight for Sight Ophthalmology Research Trainee Network Award grant funding - novel use of nanopore-sequencing for rapid identification of causative pathogens and their resistance genes in endophthalmitis.

Research themes

Gut Microbiome, Ocular Inflammation, Ocular Infection, Sequencing

Other activities

  • Deputy Chair of the OTG, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, 2019 - present
  • UK Council Member, International Society for Behçet’s Disease, 2016 - present
  • Steering committee on the West Midlands Deanery Ophthalmology Trainee Research Network, 2015 – present
  • Honorary Clinical Teacher, University of Dundee, 2011 – 2015
  • Organising Committee of the OCULUS Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) Part 2 revision course, 2015 – 2016.

Publications

Low L , Idriss SF, Anderson RH, Maynard CC, Wagner G, Hakacova N.The comparative relationships between locations of the papillary muscles and electrophysiologic QRS axis in patients with atrioventricular septal defect and common as opposed to separate orifices in the valve guarding the common atrioventricular junction. Cardiol Young 2016. Apr 18:1-6. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27087659

O’Colmain U, Low L, Gilmour C, MacEwen CJ. Vision screening in children – A retrospective study of social and demographic factors with regard to visual outcomes Br J Ophthalmol. pii: bjophthalmol-2015-307206. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2015-307206. PMID: 26598576.

Low L, Waqaar S, MacEwen CJ. Double vision. BMJ. 2015 Nov 18;351:h5385. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h5385. PMID: 26581615. (Featured on the front cover of BMJ November 2015)

Low L, Law JP, Hodson J, McAlpine R, O’Colmain U, MacEwen CJ. Impact of socioeconomic deprivation on the development of diabetic retinopathy: a large populationbased, cross-sectional & longitudinal study over 12 years in East of Scotland. BMJ Open. 2015 Apr 15;5(4):e007290. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007290. PMID: 25877277

Low L, O'Colmain U, Ogston S, Macewen C. Accessibility of high-street optometry premises within Tayside. Br J Ophthalmol. 2013 Sep;97(9):1216-7. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-303471. PMID: 23775403

Heng SJ, Low L, MacKinnon JR, Lavy T, Dutton GN. Evaluation of the utility of hospital databases to provide data in assessing the quality of strabismus surgery. Scott Med J. 2013 May;58(2):104-8. doi: 10.1177/0036933013482641. PMID: 23728756

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