A/Professor Garrett obtained her PhD in 1997 from the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales for her research on the Biocompatibility of Contact Lenses. Following a post-doctoral position at UNSW, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship to undertake research on corneal wound healing at the Institute for Ophthalmology, University of College London, UK. Upon returning to Australia, A/Professor Garrett was a Senior Research Fellow at the Brien Holden Vision Institute; a Research Development Coordinator at the Centre for Oncology, Education and Research Translation and at the University of Notre Dame.
A/Professor Garrett’s involvement with the School includes supervision and training of Ph.D. and 5th year undergraduate research students; assessing school grant applications; and fund raising events. Her research interests include ocular therapeutics (dry eye, corneal defects, glaucoma); ocular wound healing; tear film; corneal and conjunctival physiology; and biocompatibility of contact lenses. A/Professor Garrett published two patents, over 35 peer reviewed papers and a book chapter. She has obtained over $2M in research funding from industry and international funding bodies.