Michael Collins

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PhD QUT, MAppSc QUT, DipAppSc(Optom) QIT

Michael Collins is a Professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the Queensland University of Technology. He established the Contact Lens and Visual Optics laboratory in 1990 and the lab comprises a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and PhD students. His research interests have broadly encompassed refractive error development, the visual optics of the eye, contact lenses, biomechanics and imaging of the eye.

Professional Qualifications:

Registered Optometrist, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Fellow of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia and Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.


Michael’s primary undergraduate teaching responsibility is the contact lens program. He coordinates the lecture and practical components of the program for 4th year optometry students (OPN162 and OPN262) along with the contact lens clinics for 5th year optometry students (OPN362 and OPN462).

Michael has supervised over 30 postgraduate students at QUT and other universities. Many of his postgraduate students have gone on to establish outstanding careers in research, teaching and industry.

Research Funding:

Early in his career, Michael’s major research funding came from project grants from the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council. Then in the inaugural round of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres scheme in 1991, his research laboratory was one of the seven collaborative research groups in the successful Cooperative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology (1991-2001). Since 1998, his laboratory has partnered with Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Inc. (Jacksonville, Florida) on a range of ongoing project areas related to the development of contact lenses. Over Michael’s career, his research funding has totalled over $25 million from competitive grants and industry.


Michael has co-authored: over 200 refereed research papers, over 20 patents and over 100 refereed published conference abstracts. His publications have over 10,000 citations (Google Scholar) and his 2020 research H index is 56 (Google Scholar)/ 43 (Scopus).