Clinical and Experimental Optometry editorial team
Professor Emeritus Nathan Efron AC
Renowned optometrist, academic and researcher Emeritus Professor Nathan Efron AC was appointed Editor of CXO in 2017. He replaced Emeritus Professor H Barry Collin AM, who retired in March after 24 years in the role. Professor Efron is the first and only Australian optometrist to have been made a Companion of the Order of Australia. This award was announced in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Australian honours list.
He has attracted significant peer-reviewed competitive funding, lectures extensively worldwide, and has been an active and enthusiastic mentor throughout his career to more than 40 PhD and MSc candidates. He is a prolific author, having published more than 1,000 research papers, clinical articles, abstracts and textbook chapters. He has also written or edited seven books on contact lenses and general optometry, which have appeared in 19 editions and foreign translations.
Professor Efron completed his BScOptom and PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1981, and after post-doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley and UNSW, returned to Melbourne as senior lecturer responsible for contact lens education. In 1990 he took up the foundation Chair of Clinical Optometry at the University of Manchester, England, where he served as Head of Department, Dean of Research for the university and established the contact lens research and consultancy unit, Eurolens Research. In 2006 he returned to Australia and joined the School of Optometry and Vision Science, and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), as Research Professor. At QUT he established the Anterior Eye Laboratory where he continued his contact lens research and began exploring novel ophthalmic markers of diabetic neuropathy.
Professor Efron has won numerous other prestigious national and international awards throughout his career, including the ‘Contribution to Optics’ award (Optician, UK, 1997); the British Contact Lens Association’s Dallos Award (1992) and Gold Medal (2001); the Peter Abel Award (Association of German Contact Lens Specialists, 2000); the American Academy of Optometry’s Garland W Clay Award (1980), Max Schapero Award (2003) and Glenn A Fry Award (2010); Optometry Australia’s H Barry Collin Research Medal (2015); the Kenneth W Bell Medal of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (2015); and the Ruben Medal of the International Society for Contact Lens Research (2017).
Dr Maria Markoulli
Dr Markoulli was appointed to the inaugural role Deputy Editor of CXO in 2017.
Dr Markoulli is an optometrist and Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales. Her research interests lie within tear film biochemistry and the ocular surface. In particular, her research goals are to:
- Understand the impact that systemic disease, such as diabetes, can have on corneal nerves and tear film biochemistry
- Characterise the impact of dry eye disease and meibomian gland dysfunction on the ocular surface and identify effective treatments
- Minimise contact lens-related adverse events
A multi-award-winning researcher, Dr Markoulli was selected by the Group of Eight and the Australian Academy of Science to attend the 64th Meeting of the Nobel Laureates in Lindau Germany in 2014. She twice received the William C. Ezell Fellowship from the American Optometric Foundation in 2009 and 2010 and an Australian Government Postgraduate Award between 2008-2011 as well as a Faculty of Science Scholarship from the University of New South Wales for the period 2000-2003.
Dr Markoulli is also Topical Editor of Optometry and Vision Science and a Board Member of The Optical Foundation. She is also a regular contributor to Pharma providing the latest summaries on highly relevant CXO articles. She is a member of Ezell Club, American Optometric Foundation; a Fellow and Member of the American Academy of Optometry; a Fellow and Member of the British Contact Lens Association; a Member of the International Society of Contacts Lens Researches; a Member of the Tear Film and Ocular Surfaces Young Investigator Committee; and a Member of the Association for Researchers in Vision and Ophthalmology.