Carla Black

  • Research Assistant
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  • Background: BSc Hons in Optometry, Aston University; became MCOptom in 2000/2001

Before moving into research, I worked as an Optometrist and then in business, in financial services.

I am also a mum to two wonderful sons, aged 5 and 2... So feel it's a home from home for me when we are out visiting children in schools and nurseries who are of a similar age!!

As well as my long-term interest in vision sciences, I have become extremely interested in brain development in children since becoming a mum. I hope to pursue a career in neuroscience research.

As part of the ASTEROID team, I am thoroughly enjoying working alongside my friendly, knowledgeable colleagues on such a worthwhile vision project and engaging young children in science.

On each visit we make, we are greeted by wonderful and enthusiastic children, keen to try out our eye games.

And on that note, the ASTEROID game has certainly proved popular! We have received comments from the children such as "Can I download it as an app?"; "Can I get it for my birthday?"; and "Can I play on the eye game now?... It's all anyone has been talking about all afternoon!"

Over the next few months, I am looking forward to continuing with the study, helping with some data analysis and delivering science workshops to lots of schools in the spring term. Look out for us at a school or nursery near you!