Science of Sight by Dr Mariya Moosajee

Science of Sight

Tuesday 8th August 2017

About the event

An exhibition was launched on 8th August 2017 at the Science Museum, London. The exhibition ‘Science of Sight’, part of the BBC Tomorrow’s World Live series, was visited by thousands of people each day!

Dr Mariya MoosajeeDr Mariya Moosajee, a Clinician-Scientist and Consultant Ophthalmologist, showcased examples of pioneering science such as growing an eye in a petri dish and a model eye and brain. Furthermore, artwork from the BlindArt Collection at Moorfields Eye Hospital was displayed at this three-day event. Exhibits included scent and sound boxes and tactile blood cells. Scientists, patients and artists joined Dr Moosajee to demonstrate that art is accessible for those with visual impairments and how science can explain why.

Dr Moosajee and her team educated visitors by sharing her own research and discoveries in sight and genetic conditions of the eye. Children and adults interacted and learnt from this innovative exhibition.


(Credit: Optometry Today)

Dr Mariya Moosajee

Dr Mariya Moosajee

Dr Mariya MoosajeeDr Mariya Moosajee is a Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in Genetic Eye Disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She leads a research group at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and her specialist interest is understanding the molecular basis of eye development and genetic eye disease, using relevant disease models, human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived retinal cells and medical bioinformatics. Through dissecting the molecular and cellular pathways of disease, Dr Moosajee and her team have identified therapeutic targets and developed treatment strategies, including nonsense suppression therapy, which is applicable to a wide range of inherited eye disorders.

The video below was created by Dr Moosajee and her research team specifically for the exhibition and highlights the different stages of growing retina cells in a petri dish: 

Media Coverage

The Science of Sight event was well-received by the media. Many publications, outlets and patient groups wrote about the event as well as Dr Moosajee's work in their literature. 

Some of the media highlights are shown here and an overall summary is coming soon, once all of the articles have been published. Click on the images below to take you to the respective media coverage:
 Telegraph article    Ophthalmology Times article        SciArt Magazine article  
    Time Out article   Optometry Today article     Time Out article
            Health Matters article        Optometry Today article

                                Georgey Tonight interview

Science of Sight was covered across social media platforms, with highlights shown below and in the forthcoming summary. Tweets from @MoorfieldsBRC achieved: 
  • 16.7K impressions throughout the event
  • 60 link clicks
  • 19 re-tweets and 31 likes
High profile tweets about the event came from (list below not exhaustive):
(Figures Sept 2017)
Many organisations, individuals and publications promoted the event on Facebook: 
Facebook coverage of the Science of Sight exhibition


Children listening to a presentation at the exhibition











Dr Dubis demonstrating the vision simulator











Children smelling the scent boxes at the exhibition











Dr Moosajee talking to visitors at the Science Museum











A boy interacting with the tactile art











Dr Moosajee explaining the tactile art to visitors











BlindArt from Moorfields Eye Hospital