Maria Markoulli

Senior Lecturer

Dr Maria Markoulli is an Optometrist and Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW. Her research interests lie within tear film biochemistry and the ocular surface. In particular, her research goals are to:

  1. understand the impact that systemic disease, such as diabetes, can have on corneal nerves and tear film biochemistry
  2. characterise the impact of dry eye disease and meibomian gland dysfunction on the ocular surface and identify effective treatments
  3. minimise contact lens-related adverse events

 

 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

Engagement and Leadership

  • Postgraduate Coordinator
  • Deputy Editor: Clinical and Experimental Optometry
  • Topical editor: Optometry and Vision Science 
  • Board member: The Optical Foundation
  • Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) Young Investigator committee member
  • TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort Subcommittee member
  • TFOS Dry Eye Workshop II Subcommittee member

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
  • Member of the International Society of Contact Lens Researchers
  • TFOS
  • Association for researchers in vision and ophthalmology

Publications

Conference Papers
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2018, 'Assessment of corneal nerve structure and peripheral nerve function in detection of diabetic peripheral neuropathy', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, Honolulu, HI, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Honolulu, HI, 29 April 2018 - 03 May 2018
2018
2018, 'Corneal nerve morphology and its association with inflammatory mediators and neuropeptides in the healthy tear film', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, Honolulu, HI, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Honolulu, HI, 29 April 2018 - 03 May 2018
2018
Markoulli M; Sengmany K; Xie K; Dutta D, 2018, 'Corneal nerve morphology and dry eye people with diabetes.', in Corneal nerve morphology and dry eye people with diabetes., American Academy of Optometry, San Antonio, USA, presented at American Academy of Optometry, San Antonio, USA, 07 November 2018 - 10 August 2018
2018
Tummanapalli SS; Issar T; Kwai N; Poyten A; Krishnan A; Willcox MD P; Markoulli M, 2018, 'Assessment of corneal nerve structure and peripheral nerve function in detection of diabetic peripheral neuropathy', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, Honolulu, HI, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Honolulu, HI, 29 April - 03 May 2018,
2018
Markoulli M; Colorado LH; Edwards K, 2018, 'Corneal nerve morphology and its association with inflammatory mediators and neuropeptides in the healthy tear film', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, Honolulu, HI, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Honolulu, HI, 29 April - 03 May 2018,
2018
Stapleton F; Chao C; Jalbert I; Mandathara P; Kolanu S; Willcox M; Markoulli M; You JJ; Kim J; Lum E; Golebiowski B, 2017, 'Relationships between central corneal nerve parameters and tear neuropeptides', in Relationships between central corneal nerve parameters and tear neuropeptides, Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Seattle, WA, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Seattle, WA, 01 May 2016 - 05 May 2016
2017
Conference Abstracts
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Dutta D; Sarkes M; Nath S; Markoulli M, 2016, 'Repeatability and correlation of tear ferning with lipid layer thickness, non-invasive tear break up time and OSDI.', in Repeatability and correlation of tear ferning with lipid layer thickness, non-invasive tear break up time and OSDI., Repeatability and correlation of tear ferning with lipid layer thickness, non-invasive tear break up time and OSDI., Anaheim, USA, presented at Repeatability and correlation of tear ferning with lipid layer thickness, non-invasive tear break up time and OSDI., Anaheim, USA, 09 November 2016 - 12 November 2016
2016
Stapleton F; Chao C; Jalbert I; Mandathara PS; Kolanu S; Willcox MD P; Markoulli M; You J; Kim J; Lum E; Golebiowski B, 2016, 'Relationships between central corneal nerve parameters and tear neuropeptides', in Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, Seattle, WA, Vol. 57, pp. E - abstract 2796, presented at ARVO Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 01 May 2016 - 05 May 2016,
2016
Journal articles
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2019, 'The repeatability of subjective and objective tear ferning assessment and its association with lipid layer thickness, non-invasive tear break-up time and comfort', Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, vol. 42, pp. 420 - 427,
2019
2019, 'Relationship between corneal confocal microscopy and markers of peripheral nerve structure and function in Type 2 diabetes', Diabetic Medicine,
2019
2019, 'Professor Mark Willcox: the 2017 H Barry Collin Research Medallist', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 102, pp. 349,
2019
2019, 'Corrigendum to: TFOS DEWS II pathophysiology report. Ocul Surf (2017)15(3): 438-510.', Ocul Surf,
2019
2019, 'The Relationship Between Corneal Dendritic Cells, Corneal Nerve Morphology and Tear Inflammatory Mediators and Neuropeptides in Healthy Individuals', Current Eye Research, vol. 44, pp. 840 - 848,
2019
Dutta D; Kim J; Sarkes M; Nath S; Markoulli M, 2019, 'The repeatability of subjective and objective tear ferning assessment and its association with lipid layer thickness, non-invasive tear break-up time and comfort', Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, vol. 42, pp. 420 - 427,
2019
Colorado LH; Markoulli M; Edwards K, 2019, 'The Relationship Between Corneal Dendritic Cells, Corneal Nerve Morphology and Tear Inflammatory Mediators and Neuropeptides in Healthy Individuals', Current Eye Research,
2019
Yan A; Issar T; Tummanapalli SS; Markoulli M; Kwai NC G; Poynten AM; Krishnan AV, 2019, 'Relationship between corneal confocal microscopy and markers of peripheral nerve structure and function in Type 2 diabetes', Diabetic Medicine,
2019
Kim J; Markoulli M, 2018, 'Automatic analysis of corneal nerves imaged using in vivo confocal microscopy', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 101, pp. 147 - 161,
2018
Markoulli M; Sobbizadeh A; Tan J; Briggs N; Coroneo M, 2018, 'The Effect of Optive and Optive Advanced Artificial Tears on the Healthy Tear Film', Current Eye Research, vol. 43, pp. 588 - 594,
2018
Markoulli M; Flanagan J; Tummanapalli SS; Wu J; Willcox M, 2018, 'The impact of diabetes on corneal nerve morphology and ocular surface integrity', Ocular Surface, vol. 16, pp. 45 - 57,
2018
Wang MT M; Tien L; Han A; Lee JM; Kim D; Markoulli M; Craig JP, 2018, 'Impact of blinking on ocular surface and tear film parameters', Ocular Surface, vol. 16, pp. 424 - 429,
2018
Bron AJ; de Paiva CS; Chauhan SK; Bonini S; Gabison EE; Jain S; Knop E; Markoulli M; Ogawa Y; Perez V; Uchino Y; Yokoi N; Zoukhri D; Sullivan DA, 2017, 'TFOS DEWS II pathophysiology report', Ocular Surface, vol. 15, pp. 438 - 510,
2017
Markoulli M; Kolanu S, 2017, 'Contact lens wear and dry eyes: Challenges and solutions', Clinical Optometry, vol. 9, pp. 41 - 48,
2017
Markoulli M; Gokhale M; You J, 2017, 'Substance p in flush tears and schirmer strips of healthy participants', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 94, pp. 527 - 533,
2017
Markoulli M; You J; Kim J; Duong CL; Tolentino JB; Karras J; Lum E, 2017, 'Corneal nerve morphology and tear film substance p in diabetes', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 94, pp. 726 - 731,
2017
Jimenez S; Hollands M; Palmisano S; Kim J; Markoulli M; McAndrew D; Stamenkovic A; Walsh J; Bos S; Stapley PJ, 2016, 'Age-related effects of increasing postural challenge on eye movement onset latencies to visual targets', Experimental Brain Research, vol. 234, pp. 1599 - 1609,
2016
Markoulli M, 2014, 'Seventh International Conference on the Tear Film & Ocular Surface: Basic Science and Clinical Relevance (Taormina, Sicily, September 2013). Highlights from the Platform Sessions', The Ocular Surface, vol. 12, pp. 120 - 133,
2014
Efron N; Jones L; Bron AJ; Knop E; Arita R; Barabino S; McDermott AM; Villani E; Willcox MD P; Markoulli M, 2013, 'The TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort: Report of the contact lens interactions with the ocular surface and adnexa subcommittee', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol. 54,
2013
Markoulli M; Papas E; Cole N; Holden B, 2013, 'Effect of contact lens wear on the diurnal profile of matrix metalloproteinase 9 in tears', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 90, pp. 419 - 429,
2013
Wei XE; Markoulli M; Millar TJ; Willcox MD P; Zhao Z, 2012, 'Divalent cations in tears, and their influence on tear film stability in humans and rabbits', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol. 53, pp. 3280 - 3285,
2012
Wei XE; Markoulli M; Zhao Z; Willcox MD, 2012, 'Tear film break-up time in rabbits.', Clinical and experimental optometry, vol. 96, pp. 70 - 75,
2012
Markoulli M; Francis IC; Yong J; Jalbert I; Carnt N; Cole N; Papas E, 2011, 'A histopathological study of bulbar conjunctival flaps occurring in 2 contact lens wearers', Cornea, vol. 30, pp. 1037 - 1041,
2011
Petznick A; Evans MD M; Madigan MC; Markoulli M; Garrett Q; Sweeney DF, 2011, 'A comparison of basal and eye-flush tears for the analysis of cat tear proteins', ACTA Ophthalmologica Scandinavica, vol. 89, pp. e75 - e81,
2011
Sankaridurg PR; Markoulli M; De La Jara PL; Harmis N; Varghese T; Willcox MD P; Holden BA, 2009, 'Lid and conjunctival microbiota during contact lens wear in children', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 86, pp. 312 - 317,
2009
Herse P; Hans A; Hall J; Langejans J; Markoulli M, 2005, 'The Proview Eye Pressure Monitor: influence of clinical factors on accuracy and agreement with the Goldmann tonometer', Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, vol. 25, pp. 416 - 420,
2005