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December 15, 2003

SUNY Optometry Researcher Receives Major Grant

Dr. Reinach has thirty years of experience working on characterizing how the corneal epithelium plays an important role in maintaining ocular transparency. His laboratory has focused on determining the important roles that membrane ion transport plays in assuring that this tissue renews itself through growth and differentiation. These two responses are essential for keeping the corneal optically clear. Studies on this question led to the realization that this renewal process depends on the ability of various growth factors produced by the cornea to stimulate specific receptors that control growth and differentiation of the corneal epithelial layer. Membrane ion transporter activation by these receptors plays a critical role in this process. They are components of cell signaling cascades that mediate receptor control of these responses required for corneal epithelial renewal and transparency. His most recent NIH competitive application for renewal of this project was ranked at the seventh percentile .

Dr. Reinach received his Ph.D. degree from New York University is professor of Biological Sciences at the College of Optometry and is course director of the general pharmacology course He is also a visiting professor at Shanghai Second Medical University and an adjunct professor in Ophthalmic Sciences at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has been at SUNY since 1994.