Tim Curtis received his undergraduate education at the University of Southampton and his PhD in Physiology from the University of Plymouth. In 1998 he was appointed as a Wellcome Trust-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Department of Physiology, Queen’s University of Belfast, researching the physiology and pharmacology of the retinal microcirculation. His work at this time acted as a springboard for his appointment to a Lectureship position at Queen’s in 2001 and the opportunity to develop his own independent research group. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008, and more recently Reader in Vision Sciences in 2012. His current research interests are mainly focused on achieving a better understanding of physiology, pathophysiology and pathology of the retinal microcirculation, particularly within the context of diabetic retinopathy.