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Professor Paul Baird, a molecular geneticist, heads Ocular Genetics at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA). He began his research career in the UK after his PhD studies at the University of London, working in the field of cancer genetics. Following senior research positions at the Hanson Centre, Adelaide and the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Paul Baird joined CERA in 2000. Paul’s research team focuses on the identification of genes and determinants involved in several major eye diseases including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, myopia and keratoconus. He leads a group actively involved in international collaborations including international consortia researching AMD and myopia. A range of cutting edge techniques including genome wide association, genome sequencing, methylation and copy number studies are employed in the lab with the aim of personalising patient care.