Current Status: Dr. Peter Sol Reinach is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences with emeritus status at the State University of New York, College of Optometry since January 2015. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology and Optometry at Wenzhou Medical University and Xiamen University in the People’s Republic of China where he is involved in teaching medical students and graduate students medical sciences as well as experimental design. In addition, he is very much involved with manuscript editing in preparation for their submission to high impact specialty journals. Background: His educational and professional background includes graduating from New York University in 1972 with a PhD in biophysics during which time he received an excellence award for his thesis outcome as well as a NSF fellowship to attend a international biophysics meeting in the former Soviet Union. Subsequently, he switched from working on bacterial photosynthesis to working on ocular ion transport physiology and bioenergetics at Mount Sinai School in the Department of Ophthalmology. His activities were funded by research grants and a fellowship starting in 1973 followed by moving to Washington University where he was a faculty member in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Cell Biology until 1989. His continuous National Eye Institute funding gave him the opportunity to broaden his research interests to initiate studies on receptor mediated control of responses underlying control of ocular epithelial renewal. In 1989, Dr. Reinach relocated to the Medical College of Georgia in the Departments of Physiology and Endocrinology where he coordinated teaching of medical and graduate school physiology courses. Once again, as a result of receiving a Monbusho Fellowship to work at Kyoto University, his research interests turned towards characterizing specific ionic channels involved in transducing responses to stresses encountered by ocular tissues in disease, He continued in this line of work after relocating to the State University of New York and also being appointed Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University. During this tenure, he was course director of pharmacology instruction besides teaching various courses dealing with ocular diseases. His research activities were continuously funded for more than 30 years from the National Eye Institute along with pharmaceutical contract and university departmental support. He continues to be a FARVO member of the Association for Research in Ophthalmology and Vision and also of the International Society of Eye Research. He has coauthored more than 160 scientific articles, written 10 book chapters and written 6 review articles dealing with the polymodal roles of transient receptor potential channels in ocular health and disease. Currently, his research activity has been cited by others nearly 6,000 times. Besides he is a scientific reviewer of numerous peer reviewed journals and the member of several editorial boards.
Epigenetic modulation of responses underlying corneal epithelial wounding.