Dr Matt Rutar

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Matt Rutar completed his PhD at ANU in neuroimmunology, and now holds a postdoctoral position at the JCSMR within the Eccles Insitute of Neuroscience. His work has focused on better understanding the immunological mechanisms which underscore the health of our eyes in ageing and disease. His innovative research has featured prominately on both national and international stages, including invited presentations at premier conferences including The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), International Society for Eye Research (ISER), and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO). Dr Rutar is also an advocate of community engagement through his involvement in the Young Visionaries program at ARC Centre for Excellence in Vision Research, and contributions to EMBL Australia.

  • Karlstetter, M, Scholz, R, Rutar, M et al 2015, 'Retinal microglia: Just bystander or target for therapy?', Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, vol. 45, pp. 30-57.
  • Rutar, M, Natoli, R, Chia, R et al 2015, 'Chemokine-mediated inflammation in the degenerating retina is coordinated by Müller cells, activated microglia, and retinal pigment epithelium', Journal of Neuroinflammation, vol. 12, no. 8, pp. 1-15.
  • Rutar, M, Valter, K, Natoli, R et al 2014, 'Synthesis and propagation of complement C3 by microglia/monocytes in the aging retina', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 1-10.
  • Rutar, M, Natoli, R & Provis, J 2012, 'Small interfering RNA-mediated suppression of Ccl2 in Müller cells attenuates microglial recruitment and photoreceptor death following retinal degeneration', Journal of Neuroinflammation, vol. 9.
  • Rutar, M, Natoli, R, Albarracin, R et al 2012, '670-nm light treatment reduces complement propagation following retinal degeneration', Journal of Neuroinflammation, vol. 9, no. 257, pp. -.
  • Rutar, M, Natoli, R, Kozulin, P et al 2011, 'Analysis of complement expression in light-induced retinal degeneration: Synthesis and deposition of C3 by microglia/macrophages is associated with focal photoreceptor degeneration', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol. 52, no. 8, pp. 5347-5358.
  • Rutar, M, Natoli, R, Valter, K et al 2011, 'Early focal expression of the chemokine Ccl2 by Muller cells during exposure to damage-inducing bright continuous light', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 2379-2388.
  • Rutar, M, Provis, J & Valter, K 2010, 'Brief exposure to damaging light causes focal recruitment of macrophages, and long-term destabilization of photoreceptors in the albino rat retina', Current Eye Research, vol. 35, no. 7, pp. 631-643.