Maria Markoulli is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Her research interests relate to the impact of disease states such as dry eye disease and systemic disease on the ocular surface. She is a dual Ezell fellow from the American Optometric Foundation (2009 and 2010) and was on the Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) society sub-committee of the contact lens discomfort workshop and on the pathophysiology sub-committee of the TFOS Dry Eye Workshop II. She is deputy editor for Clinical and Experimental Optometry and the postgraduate coordinator for the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW. She is also the Australian TFOS Ambassador and runs the UNSW Dry Eye Clinic.