Debarun Dutta graduated in 2007 with Bachelor's Degree in Optometry from the West Bengal University of Technology, after which he pursued clinical fellowship at LVPEI and served as clinical and research optometrist at Cornea and Contact Lens Department, LVPEI for 2 years. Dr Dutta is currently a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW. He further continues his research in the development of antimicrobial surfaces (especially on contact lenses), biomaterials, ocular infection and inflammation.
My work focuses on contact lens research, specifically understanding the aetiology of contact lens related ocular infection and the ocular surface. It includes investigation of microbial adhesion and biofilm formation and further development of novel antimicrobial surfaces. Immobilisation of antimicrobial agents onto biomaterials to produce a stable antimicrobial surface is being investigated. Study designs include basic laboratory experiments, animal models and human clinical trials. Current research also aims to explore the mechanism of activity of natural and synthetic antimicrobial peptides (such as cathelicidin and melimine respectively). My research interest also include tear film biochemistry and its relationship with tear film break up time and ocular discomfort.