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Professor Barbara Pierscionek

Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) Kingston University.

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Professor Pierscionek is the Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise at the University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. After completing her first two degrees and gaining a PhD in biochemistry and optics, she continued her studies on the eye looking in particular at changes that can develop in the lens over time and with natural ageing. She continues to research into optics, protein chemistry, biophysics, biomechanics and biochemistry of the eye, studying areas such as cataracts, ocular implants and glaucoma as well as age related changes in visual function using psychophysical techniques.  

Professor Pierscionek has taught healthcare ethics and law and lectured in emerging ethical and legal issues in medicine and healthcare. Her work at Kingston sees her manage a diverse research and enterprise portfolio whilst conducting a program of research in vision science with colleagues from across the faculty.  Legal and ethical issues continue to be active interests; she has an MBA and legal qualifications to LLM level and is a scientific advisor for the Safer Medicines Trust and a member of the Employment Tribunals (South London).

The author of more than 100 peer-review journal papers and a book, she has obtained external funding from a range of sources including  the EU and charities since arriving at Kingston. She sits on a number of editorial boards and international committees, including the editorial boards of The Journal of Biomedical Optics and the Open Optics Journal.


Year gained Subject
2004 LLM (Electronic Communications and the Law), Leeds Metropolitan University.
2003 Post-graduate diploma in legal practice, LMU.
2001 Post-graduate diploma in law (electronic communications and the law)
2000 MBA, University of Bradford.
1988 PhD (Biochemistry/Optics) University of Melbourne.
1983 B.Sc (Optom)University of Melbourne.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2012 - Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) Kingston University.
2004 - 2012 Professor of Vision Science, University of Ulster.
2000 - 2003 Senior Research fellow, Biomedical Sciences, University of Bradford.
1997 - 2000 Senior Lecturer, University of Bradford.
1996 - 1997 Research fellow, Dept of Physiology, Monash University, Australia.
1992 - 1996 National Health and Medical research Council Fellow, Dept of Electronic Engineering, La Trobe University, Australia.
1991 - 1992 Schultz Research Fellow at the National Vision Research Institute, Australia.
1990 - 1991 Research Officer, Dept of Medicine, The University of Melbourne, Australia.
1988 - 1990 Research officer, Department of Biochemistry, The University of Melbourne, Australia.


Professor Pierscionek is the author of more than 100 peer review journal publications, three book chapters and one book, "Law and ethics for the eye care professional".

Professional Body Membership

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

Association of MBAs

Law Society of England and Wales

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