I am a Clinician Scientist working in the field of hereditary retinal and macular degenerations. I direct a regional referral service for these diseases at the Ross Eye Institute. My NIH- and VA-funded laboratory is focused on the development of gene-based therapeutics for hereditary retinal degenerations and common age-related macular degeneration.
Education and Training:
Fellowship, Retinal Degenerative Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Clinical/Research Fellowship of Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation (now Foundation Fighting Blindness) (1994)
Residency, Ophthalmology, Washington Univ. School Medicine, St. Louis MO (1992)
MD, Medicine/Biophysics, Mount Sinai School Medicine, NY (1987)
BA, Microbiology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1979)
Associate Professor with tenure, Ophthalmology, University at Buffalo- State University of New York (2011-present)
Staff Physician, Ophthalmology, VA Western NY Healthcare System (2004-present)
Associate Professor- tenure track, Ophthalmology, University at Buffalo- State University of New York (2004–2011)
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, Upstate Medical University- State University of New York (1994–2004)
Lecturer in Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, University of Michigan (1992–1994)
Fellow in Neurobiology; Staff Physician, Ophthalmology, Washington University School of Medicine; John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital (1991–1992)
Resident in Ophthalmology (PGY2- PGY4), Ophthalmology, Washington University School of Medicine (1988–1991)
Intern (PGY1), Medicine, St. John's Mercy Medical Center (1987–1988)
Grants and Sponsored Research:
September 2003–September 2007 A Ribozyme Rescue Strategy for Autosomal Dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa National Eye Institute Role: Co-Investigator $975,000
June 1996–May 2001 The Early Receptor Current of Rhodopsin Activation National Eye Institute Role: Co-Investigator $350,000
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Sullivan JM, Pietras KM, Shin BJ, Misasi JN. Hammerhead ribozymes designed to cleave all human rod opsin mRNAs which cause autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa.. Mol Vis. 2002; 8.
SULLIVAN J. Rhodopsin charge motions in the Schiff base counterion mutant E113Q. Invest. Ophthal. Vis. Sci. 2001; 42(S184).
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P Shukla. An electrical approach to study rhodopsin activation in single cells with the early receptor current assay. Methods in Enzymology. 2000; 315.
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