Corneal transplant is a tricky business, but for many people it can be a life changing operation. However, cornea transplants are limited by donor numbers. Demand for corneal transplant organs far outstrips supply and for people needing this surgery there can be a very long wait on the list.
Dr Laura Domigan from Auckland University is trying to do something about that. She's a biomedical engineer and is working closely with ophthalmic surgeons to learn everything she can about the eye so she can help grow corneal tissue back, rather than replacing it. She is conducting this research with the support of the MacDiarmid Institute.