Dr Maria Markoulli

Dr Maria Markoulli

Field of research: Optometry and Ophthalmology
Campus: Kensington
Tag: Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders

Research Interests

Maria Markoulli is a Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales.

Maria is an Optometrist. Her research interests lie within tear film biochemistry and the ocular surface. In particular, her research goals are to characterise the biochemical changes in the tear film in relationship to the structural changes in the corneal nerves so as to be able to predict diabetes-related nerve damage earlier. By modulating these changes,...

Research Interests

Maria Markoulli is a Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales.

Maria is an Optometrist. Her research interests lie within tear film biochemistry and the ocular surface. In particular, her research goals are to characterise the biochemical changes in the tear film in relationship to the structural changes in the corneal nerves so as to be able to predict diabetes-related nerve damage earlier. By modulating these changes, it may be possible to slow down the progress of peripheral neuropathy and hence ocular surface disease relating to diabetes through earlier management.

Maria’s research interests also include corneal dystrophies, dry eye disease including meibomian gland dysfunction, as well as contact lens-related adverse events and contact lens research and development.

 

 Current postgraduate and honours student supervision

  • PhD student: 
    • Diabetes and the Ocular Surface
  • Masters student
    • The impact of lid margin debridement on dry eye disease 
  • Honours students (2016)
    • Diabetes and dry eye disease
    • The effect of topical anaesthetic on the diabetic cornea
    • The effect of liposomal sprays on the tear film and ocular surface microbiota

Expressions of interest from higher degree research students should be directed by email to m.markoulli@unsw.edu.au.

Awards 

  • 2016 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation travel grant
  • 2015 Certificate for Teaching Excellence (Faculty of Science, UNSW)
  • 64th Meeting of the Nobel Laureates, Lindau, Germany: Selected by the Group of Eight and the Australian Academy of Science to attend, 2014
  • UNSW Early Career Researchers grant 2013
  • William C. Ezell Fellowship (American Optometric Foundation), 2009 & 2010
  • OVRF-Maki Shiobara Scholarship, 2010 
  • Tear Film and Ocular Surface Travel Award, 2010
  • Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia Scholarship, 2010
  • Postgraduate Research Scheme Scholarship, 2010
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Australian Government), 2008-2011
  • Ciba Vision Pty Ltd Prize for Excellence in Contact Lenses, 2004
  • David Bard Scholarship (University of New South Wales), 2002
  • Faculty of Science Scholarship for 4 years (University of New South Wales), 2000-2003

Teaching

  • OPTM2291: Course convenor for ‘Primary Care Optometry’ in Semester 2 (second year undergraduate optometry students)
  • Supervision of undergraduate student optometry clinics
  • Dry eye lectures
  • Organiser of the Optometry and Vision Science Peer Mentoring scheme

Engagement and Leadership

  • Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) Young Investigator committee member
  • TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort Subcommittee member
  • TFOS Dry Eye Workshop Subcommittee member
  • UNSW Early Career Academic Network - Executive Committee member
  • Topical editor for Optometry and Vision Science 

Professional memberships

  • Optometrists Association of Australia
  • Ezell Club, American Optometric Foundation
  • Fellow and Member of the American Academy of Optometry
  • Fellow and Member of British Contact Lens Association
  • Tear film and ocular surface society (TFOS)
  • Association for researchers in vision and ophthalmology

Location

School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales
Level 3 North Wing Rupert Myers Building, Gate 14 Barker Street, UNSW Sydney NSW 2052 Australia


 

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Contact

+612 9385 6551