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Associate Professor Maria Markoulli, Deputy Editor of Optometry Australia’s Clinical & Experimental Optometry (CXO), has been awarded the University of New South Wales 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Leadership.

Maria is one of four academics that have been recognised for their outstanding supervision and leadership in training UNSW Sydney’s higher degree by research (HDR) candidates.

These awards recognise sustained excellence in the supervision, mentoring and training of HDR candidates. They also highlight outstanding leadership in research training and acknowledge those who have built collaborations with industry partners for the benefit of HDR candidates.

This is Maria’s third UNSW award. She has previously received a 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2015 she was recognised with a Faculty of Science staff excellence award for recognition and celebration of excellence in teaching.

Maria became a lecturer at UNSW in August 2011. She is a senior lecturer in primary care optometry. Her research is on understanding the impact of diseases such as dry eye disease and diabetes on the ocular surface and tear film.

In 2017 Maria was appointed the first Deputy Editor of CXO, which is one of the top optometry journals in the world.

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