Gulnoza earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience at Hofstra University in 2018. She worked with Dr. Alexandra Benavente-Perez as a Research Technician in her myopia research lab before optometry school. During her time in Dr. Benavente’s lab, she worked to induce high myopia in juvenile marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) by treating them with custom-made negative contact lenses for long periods of time. Dr. Benavente’s lab focuses on studying the structural and functional changes that the myopic eye experiences as it develops myopia. After this, she decided to pursue my OD/MS in Vision Science with Dr. Benavente and in collaboration with Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Dimitra Makrynioti. Dr. Makrynioti was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work with Dr. Benavente and develop a protocol to assess dry eye and the ocular surface in myopic marmosets. Her long-term career goal in cornea and contact lens is to translate my current animal-based research in dry eye into clinical vision research and ultimately to provide outstanding patient care in individuals suffering from ocular surface discomfort symptoms.
Azieva G, Makrynioti D, Ablordeppey R, Nour A, Benavente-Perez A (2020) Contact lens-induced dry eye in the marmoset model (CLIDEM): Non-invasive quantification of corneal thickness measurements. American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting (AAO). October. Nashville, TN. US
Makrynioti D, Azieva G, Ablordeppey R, Nour A, Benavente-Perez A (2020) Contact lens-induced dry eye in the marmoset model (CLIDEM): Corneal thickness assessment using ultrasound pachymetry vs anterior segment optical coherence tomography. American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting (AAO). October. Nashville, TN. US
Zhu X, Yoon P, Azieva G, Dellostritto S, Lin V, Pope A, Troilo D, Nour A, Benavente-Perez A (2019) Short periods of darkness may reduce compensation for experimentally-imposed defocus in marmosets. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (ARVO). April. Vancouver, BC. U