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Assistant Professor

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Schedule a UAB Eye Care Appointment: (205) 975-2020

Teaching/research interests: Sjogren's syndrome, dry eye, MGD, glaucoma diagnosis and management, retinal imaging, assessment of systemic diseases relevant to optometry, recognition and management of in-office emergencies using simulation

Office hours: By appointment


  • BS, West Virginia University, Biology
  • MS, Ohio State University, Vision Science
  • OD, Ohio State University
  • Residency, University of California, Berkeley (San Francisco VA Medical Center), Primary Care and Ocular Disease
  • PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Vision Science

Jillian F. Ziemanski, OD, PhD, FAAO is an Assistant Professor at the UAB School of Optometry where she actively researches Sjogren's syndrome and dry eye disease and serves as a clinical attending in the Ocular Disease Service. She earned her BS in Biology from West Virginia University (2008, summa cum laude), her MS in Vision Science from Ohio State University (2011, summa cum laude), and her OD also from Ohio State University (2012, magna cum laude). She then completed a prestigious residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley. She also completed her second doctoral degree, a PhD in Vision Science, at UAB in 2020. During the second year of the program, she was named the AOF Merton Flom Ezell Fellow in Leadership.

Dr. Ziemanski has written and lectured on numerous topics including Sjӧgren’s syndrome, dry eye, meibomian gland dysfunction, glaucoma, and choroidal neovascularization, among others. She has received private research funding from the American Optometric Foundation and has been an investigator in a myriad of FDA clinical trials (Phase 1 through Phase 3) in addition to several, post-approval, industry-sponsored clinical studies. She has published several abstracts and manuscripts and has continuously presented her research at annual conferences since 2010. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and a member of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society.

Dr. Ziemanski is eager to continue her path toward becoming an independent clinician scientist. She is passionate about the study of the immunopathophysiology of Sjӧgren’s syndrome with the aim to identify novel biomarkers and mechanisms that can aid in early diagnosis and improved therapeutic outcomes.

Recent courses taught:

  • CLN 231: Primary Eye Care Clinic I, Clinical Attending
  • CLN 3X1: Primary Eye Care Clinic II-IV, Clinical Attending
  • CLN 4X0: Primary Eye Care Clinic V-VI, Clinical Attending
  • CLN 423: Ocular Disease/Low Vision, Clinical Attending (current)
  • OPT 315: Assessment of Systemic Disease, Co-Instructor (current)
  • OPT 325: Clinical Management, Co-Instructor

Invited Lectures:

  • OPT 225: Diseases of the Posterior Segment
  • OPT 227: Introduction to Clinic
  • OPT 316: Glaucoma
  • OPVS 111: Basic Science and Clinical Optometry

Select publications:

  • Meadows JF, Ramamoorthy P, Nichols JJ, Nichols KK. Development of the 4-3-2-1 meibum expressibility scale. Eye and Contact Lens. 2012;38(2):86-92.
  • Meadows JF, Dionne K, Nichols KK. Differential profiling of T-cell cytokines as measured by protein microarray across dry eye subgroups. Cornea. 2016;35(3):329-35.
  • Meadows JF, Ramamoorthy P, Nichols JJ, Nichols KK. Development of the 4-3-2-1 Meibum Expressibility Scale. Optom Vis Sci 2010;87:E-abstract 100185.
  • Meadows JF, Jones-Jordan L, Thangavelu M, Nichols KK. Efficacy evaluation of Systane® Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops in postmenopausal women with dry eye. Optom Vis Sci 2011;88:E-abstract 110069.
  • Meadows JF, Jones-Jordan L, Nichols JJ, Nichols KK. Application of diagnostic algorithms for dry eye and MGD. Optom Vis Sci 2012;89:E-abstract 120684.
  • Meadows JF, Dionne K, Nichols KK. Differential profiling of inflammatory cytokines as measured by quantitative microarray across dry eye subgroups. Optom Vis Sci 2014;90:E-abstract 140014.
  • Meadows JF, Wolters LR, Jones-Jordan L, Nichols JJ, Nichols KK. Dietary omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid intake and ocular surface disease in postmenopausal women. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2015;56:ARVO E-Abstract 2164324.
  • Meadows JF, Chen J, Basso K, Nichols KK. Differential expression of lipid species in human meibum across dry eye subgroups. Optom Vis Sci 2015;91:E-abstract 150086.
  • Khodai O, Barber L, Croley T, Lievens C, Montaquila S, Meadows J, Denno M, Lunacsek O, Burk C, Patel V. The burden of dry eye symptoms and the impact on daily activities across International Task Force (ITF) guidelines severity levels in the United States. Optom Vis Sci 2015;91:E-abstract 155696.
  • Meadows JF, Chen J, Dionne K, Nichols KK. Identification of lipid species produced by differentiated immortalized human meibomian gland epithelial cells. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016; 57; ARVO E-Abstract.

Clinical interests: Sjӧgren’s syndrome, dry eye, MGD, glaucoma, macular and retinal disorders

Academic distinctions and professional societies:  

  • Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
  • Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Member, Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society
  • Member, Alabama Optometric Association
  • Member, American Optometric Association

If you are a clinician, in what UAB Eye Care clinic do you provide care?

  • Ocular Disease/Low Vision
  • Dry Eye Relief Clinic