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Rachel Williams is a professor of ophthalmic bioengineering with over 20 years of experience in the design and development of advanced materials for medical applications. Her expertise lies particularly in the design and characterisation of the bulk and surface properties of materials and how to modify them to optimise the properties for a specific application. She is leading research on strategies to develop innovative ways to modify materials and their surfaces to treat sight threatening conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal detachment and surface ocular disorders. She currently hold a Fellowship from the EPSRC on Building Advanced Materials to Treat Vision Loss under the Engineering Fellowships for Growth scheme and received a Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers (RISE) award in 2014.