Jason J Nichols, OD MPH PhD FAAO

Research Administration About Jason J Nichols, OD MPH PhD FAAO
Jason J Nichols

Jason J Nichols, OD MPH PhD FAAO

Assistant Vice President for Industry Research Development
Office of Industry Engagement; Office of the Vice President for Research
AB 714
(205) 934-5109
Jason J. Nichols, OD MPH PhD FAAO is the Assistant Vice President for Industry Research Development and Director of the Office of Industry Engagement.  He also actively conducts ocular surface and contact lens research and trains PhD students and Fellows. Prior to his current position, Dr. Nichols was the Kevin McDaid Vision Source Professor (with tenure) at the University of Houston College of Optometry between 2011 and 2014, and an Associate Professor (with tenure) at The Ohio State University College of Optometry from 2004-2011. While at University of Houston, he founded The Ocular Surface Institute (TOSI) and was its Chief Operating Officer; TOSI had a team of 20 scientists, project managers, faculty and graduate students dedicated in translational ocular surface based research. Dr. Nichols received his undergraduate degree at Hope College (BA, biology), and Doctor of Optometry, Master’s in Public Health (epidemiology) and PhD (vision science) all from the Ohio State University.

Dr. Nichols has received research funding from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study dry eye diseases including meibomian gland disease, dry eye and contact lens-related dry eye. He has also received funding from the American Optometric Foundation, in addition to a variety of industrial partners in excess of $5 million as Principal Investigator, and $6 million as Co-Investigator. He writes and lectures extensively on contact lenses and ocular surface conditions such as dry eye and meibomian gland disease. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 75 clinical manuscripts, 175 abstracts, and has given over 200 lectures worldwide on these topics.

He is currently Editor of Contact Lens Spectrum and Contact Lenses Today®, whose publications reach over 50,000 eyecare practitioners worldwide. Dr. Nichols also serves as an Associate Editor for Eye and Contact Lens, is a topical editor for Optometry and Vision Science, and is on the editorial board of Current Ophthalmology Reports. Dr. Nichols is a dual diplomate in both the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) sections of Public Health and Environmental Optometry and Cornea, Contact Lenses, and Refractive Technology. He is also the Chair of the AAO’s Research Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Optometric Foundation—the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Optometry. He also Chaired of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) Society’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, and the TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort (2013). His awards include three Ezell Fellowships and the Borish Award from the American Academy of Optometry and he was recently elected as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice.