Dr Raju Sapkota, B.Optom, M.IOVS, PhD

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Dr Raju P Sapkota obtained his bachelor's degree in Optometry from Nepal in 2002. 

Following two-and-a-half years' service as an optometrist at a health institute in Nepal, Dr Sapkota came to the UK to pursue higher education. He obtained his Master's degree in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science (IOVS) from the University of Manchester in 2006, and a PhD from Anglia Ruskin University in 2010. Since then Dr Sapkota has been working as a post doctoral researcher in the Vision and Eye Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University's Postgraduate Medical Institute. 

Research interests

Dr Sapkota's research interests range from purely clinical domains such as amblyopia and refractive status of cataract-operated patients to more theoretical ones such as binocular summation, exta-foveal perception, visuo-spatial short-term memory, eye movements, and attention. 
In his current research, Dr Sapkota is investigating the effect of age on visual short-term memory including unimodal, polymodal and cross-modal binding, with an aim of developing a new screening tool for early detection of Alzheimer's disease. This research is funded by Patrick Geoghegan Health & Wellbeing grant, Anglia Ruskin University (in collaboration with South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust).

Grants and awards

Faculty (Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education) summer studentship, Anglia Ruskin University, 2014.
Patrick Geoghegan Health & Wellbeing Academy fund (with Professor S Pardhan), 2014.
Cambridge Research System travel award to present at a conference at University of East Anglia, 2014. 
HR postdoc support fund to attend a training event at London, 2014.
Nuffield Summer Research Student Placement, 2013. 
Anglia Ruskin University, RDCS, The UK Research Development fund, 2012.
The 'Guarantors of Brain' travel grant, 2012. 
Faculty (Science & Technology) summer studentship, Anglia Ruskin University, 2011.
Winner of the best paper presentation at the research student conference, Anglia Ruskin University, 2010.
Experimental Psychology Society's Grindly Grant, 2009. 
Applied Vision association travel grant, 2008. 

Summer studentships supervised to date: four. 

Journal papers

1. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., & van der Linde, I. (2013). Manual tapping enhances visual short-term memory performance where visual and motor coordinates correspond, British Journal of Psychology, 104, pp249-264.
2. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., & van der Linde, I. (2011a). The impact of extra-foveal information on visual short-term memory for object-position. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23, pp574-585.
3. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., & van der Linde, I. (2011b). Object-position binding in visual short-term memory for sequentially presented unfamiliar stimuli. Perception, 40, pp538-548.

Selected conference presentations

1. Shahina, P., van der Linde, I., & Sapkota, R. (2014). How does ageing affect visual short-term memory for identifying objects in their spatial locations? Association of Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May 3-7, Orlando, Florida.
2. Sapkota, R., van der Linde, I., & Pardhan, S. (2013). Age difference in visual short-term memory for object recall and location recognition. British Congress for Optometry and Vision Science, September 9-10, Glasgow, Scotland, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 34, p105.
3. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., & van der Linde, I. (2013). Change detection in visual short-term memory: The relative impact of pairwise swaps and object substitutions. Vision Sciences Society, May 10-15, Naples, FL. Journal of Vision, 13, p324.
4. van der Linde, I., Pardhan, S., & Sapkota, R. (2013). Spatiotemporal priming facilitates visual short-term memory only in a forward direction. Vision Sciences Society, May 10-15, Naples, FL. Journal of Vision, 13, p328.
5. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., & van der Linde, I. (2012). A load-specific influence of stimulus category on short-term memory for object and position. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, May 11-16, Naples, FL. Journal of Vision, 12, p292.
6. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., & van der Linde, I. (2011). Priming effects in visual short-term memory for object position: Evidence for name-addressable object files? 34th European Conference on Visual Perception, August 28 - September 1, Toulouse, France. Perception, 40, pp82-83.
7. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., & van der Linde, I. (2010). Feature binding across visual and manual domains: Evidence from a VSTM study. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, May 7-12, Naples, FL. Journal of Vision, 10, p766.
8. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., & van der Linde, I. (2010). Object-position binding in visual short-term memory for serially presented unfamiliar stimuli. AVA X mas Meeting. December 18, 2009, Perception, 39, p271.
9. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., & van der Linde, I. (2009). Extra-foveal processing in visual short-term memory: Facilitatory or inhibitory? AVA Xmas Meeting, December 19, 2008, Bristol, UK. Perception, 38, p467.
10. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., & van der Linde, I. (2009). Dual impact of extra-foveal processing in human visual short-term memory. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, May 8-13, Naples, FL. Journal of Vision, 9, p596.
11. Sapkota, R., Pardhan, S., Tavassoli, A., & van der Linde, I. (2008). Visual short-term memory for unfamiliar visual stimuli. British Congress for Optometry and Vision Science, September 4-5 2007, Ulster, NI. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 28, p99.

Thesis/dissertation

Sapkota, R. (2006). Binocular summation for luminance and contrast modulated targets, MSc dissertation, The University of Manchester, Manchester.
Sapkota, R. (2010). Human visual short-term memory for unfamiliar stimuli: visual, spatial and motor binding, PhD Thesis, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Contact details 

Office: Eastings 204
Telephone: 0845 196 2642
Email: raju.sapkota@anglia.ac.uk