Jerry Rapp, PhD

Professor
Biological and Vision Sciences

Bio

Dr. Rapp joined the faculty of SUNY, College of Optometry, in 1973, and is presently Professor, Department of Biological and Vision Sciences. He served as Chairperson of the Department of Biological Sciences for 15 years (1973-88) and is a Founding Member of the college-affiliated Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty in Vision Science. Dr. Rapp's research interests have included the mechanism of energy transduction in the rod cells of mammalian retina, the effects of nutrition on ocular health and the mechanism of contact lens contamination. Dr. Rapp was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, in 1982.

Education

  • PhD, Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, 1971
  • BS, Chemistry, The City College of New York, 1966

Awards/Honors

  • Best Academic Professor, 1999
  • Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1970
  • Graduate Fellowship, 1966
  • Sigma Xi Address, 1966

Professional Experience

  • Professor , State University of New York, College of Optometry , 1985 - 2020
  • Founding Member, Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research, 1983 - 2020
  • Member, Graduate Faculty for Vision Science 1973 - present, SUNY College of Optometry, 1973 - 2020
  • Adjunct Professor, Sarah Lawrence College , 1984 - 1989
  • Institutional Review Board Clinical Research Associates, New York, N.Y. 1981 - 1985 Chair 1985 - 1988, Clinical Research Associates, 1981 - 1988
  • Chair, Department of Biological Sciences 1973 - 1988, SUNY College of Optometry, 1973 - 1988
  • Associate Professor, SUNY College of Optometry, 1974 - 1985
  • Adjunct Instructor Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Fashion Institute of Technology 1984, Fashion Institute of Technology , 1984 - 1984
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Marymount Manhattan College 1980 - 1984, Marymount Manhattan College , 1980 - 1984
  • New York University School of Continuing Education Adjunct Lecturer 1979 - 1982 Adjunct Assistant Professor 1982 - 1983, New York University, 1982 - 1983
  • Visiting Fellow Institute of Human Nutrition Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 1982, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons , 1982 - 1982
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Yehiva University Stern College for Women 1978 - 1979, Yehiva University Stern College for Women, 1978 - 1979
  • Adjunct Lecturer Department of Natural Sciences Mercy College 1977, Mercy College, 1977 - 1977
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor Chemistry Department The City College of New York 1974 - 1975, The City College of New York, 1974 - 1975
  • Assistant Professor 1973 - 1974, SUNY College of Optometry, 1973 - 1974
  • Research Associate Biology Department Brookhaven National Laboratory 1972 - 1973, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1972 - 1973
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow Chemistry Department Technion - Israel Institute of Technology 1971, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology , 1971 - 1972
  • Teaching Assistant Chemistry Department Case Western Reserve University 1966 - 1970, Case Western Reserve University, 1966 - 1970
  • Research Chemist Burndy Corporation Norwalk, Connecticut Summer, 1966, Burndy Corporation, 1966 - 1966
  • N.S.F. Undergraduate Research Program, C.C.N.Y. 1965 - 1966, National Science Foundation, 1965 - 1966

Teaching Interests

General and ocular biochemistry; general and ocular nutrition; ocular genetics as it relates to ocular disease.

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

BVS 121FA
Human Bioscience I

ELC 510
Nutrition Counseling in an Opt.

Research Interests

Mechanism of energy transduction in the rod cells of mammalian retina, the effects of nutrition on ocular health and the mechanism of contact lens contamination.

Publications

  • Is This the Dawn of Pharmacogenetics – Or – Genomics for AMD?, Advanced Ocular Care, Array(Array): Array, 2014
  • Potential Dangers From Zinc (and Copper) Supplementation: Implications for Alzheimer Disease and AMD, Advanced Ocular Care, Array(Array): Array, 2014
  • Smoking and Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Biochemical Mechanisms and Patient Support, Optom. Vis. Sci, Array(Array): Array, 2012
  • Smoking and Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Optometry and Vision Science, 89(11): 1662-1666, 2012
  • Incorporating Genomics into Clinical Optometric Care — A Necessity , J Opt Ed,, Array(Array): Array, 2007
  • Genetic counseling revisited., J Opt Ed, Array(Array): Array, 2004
  • Protein and Lipid Deposition onto Hydrophilic Contact Lenses In Vivo, CLAO J, Array(Array): Array, 2001
  • Protein-Lipid Interaction on the Surface of a Hydrophilic Contact Lens In Vitro, Curr. Eye Res., Array(Array): Array, 1997
  • Protein-Lipid Interaction on the Surface of a Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lens In Vitro, Curr. Eye Res., Array(Array): Array, 1997
  • Genetic counseling - a new opportunity for optometry, J Am Optom Assoc, Array(Array): Array, 1996
  • The Efficacy of Hydrophilic Contact Lens Cleaning Systems in Removing Protein Deposits, CLAO J,, Array(Array): Array, 1993
  • Protein Deposits on Individual Hydrophilic Contact Lenses: Effects of Water and Ionicity, CLAO J, Array(Array): Array, 1989
  • Lipid Deposits on Worn Soft Contact Lenses, CLAO J, Array(Array): Array, 1984
  • Isolation and Identification of Biologically Active Contaminants from Soft Contact Lenses. I. Nicotine Deposits on Worn Lenses , Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci., Array(Array): Array, 1980
  • Symposium: The Role of Biological Sciences in the Optometric Curriculum, J Opt Ed, Array(Array): Array, 1980
  • Nutrition in the Vision of Children, J. Am. Optom. Assoc., Array(Array): Array, 1979
  • The Kinetics of Intermediate Processes in the Photolysis of Bovine Rhodopsin. II. The Intermediate Decay Sequence from Lumirhodopsin 497 to Metarhodopsin 380 II, Vision Res. , Array(Array): Array, 1979
  • A Scanning Dual Wavelength Spectrophotometer: Application to the Study of Photosynthetic Electron Transport, Anal. Biochem., Array(Array): Array, 1974
  • The Role of Cytochromes in Photosynthesis, Federation Proc, Array(Array): Array, 1973
  • The Kinetics of Intermediate Processes in the Photolysis of Bovine Rhodopsin. I. Re-examination of the Decay of Bovine Lumirhodopsin 497., Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Array(Array): Array, 1970
  • Rapp Rapid Lipid to Protein Chromophore Transfer in the Photolysis of the Visual Pigment Membrane, Biophys. J, Array(Array): Array, 1969
  • The Non-Radiative Dissipation of Excitation Energy in Solid Cinnamic Acid by Dimer Formation, Photochem. Photobiol., Array(Array): Array, 1967

Presentations

  • Partial List, 2020
  • Genetics in Posterior Segment Disease, 2014
  • Genetics in Eye Care, 2013
  • Nutritional and Biochemical Implications in Systemic Disease, 2012
  • Genetics in Eye Care, 2011
  • Genomics in Optometry, 2010
  • Nutritional and Biochemical Implications in Systemic Disease, 2009
  • Nutrition and the Eye, 2006
  • Nutrition and Systemic Disease, 2003
  • Nutrition and the Eye, 2003
  • Nutrition and the Eye, 2002
  • Nutrition and the Eye, 2001
  • Nutrition and the Eye, 2001
  • Nutrition and Systemic Disease., 1999
  • Dietary Nutrients in Health and Disease , 1997
  • Nutrition and Systemic Disease, 1997
  • Nutrition and the Eye, 1997
  • The Role of Nutrition in Systemic and Ocular Disease, 1997
  • Nutrition and the Elderly, 1990
  • Current Concepts in Nutrition , 1988
  • Nutrition and the Killer Diseases, 1988
  • Current Concepts in Nutrition , 1986
  • Nutrition and the Killer Diseases, 1986
  • Current Concepts in Nutrition , 1984
  • Current Concepts in Nutrition , 1984
  • Nutrition and the Killer Diseases, 1984
  • Nutrition and the Killer Diseases., 1984
  • Current Concepts in Nutrition, 1983
  • Current Concepts in Nutrition, 1982
  • Educational Aspects of Therapeutic Drugs, 1981
  • The Effects of Nutrition on Ocular and Systemic Health., 1981
  • The Effects of Nutrition on Ocular and Systemic Health, 1980
  • Nutrition- Current Concepts, 1978
  • The Role of the Biological Sciences in the Optometric Curriculum, 1978
  • Implications for Development of a Primary Care Optometric Curriculum, 1977
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