Dr. Rucker is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Science and Disease and is currently teaching Human Anatomy and Ocular Physiology. Dr. Rucker joined the faculty in 2009 as part of the College’s initiative to become a leading myopia research institution. She brought with her several years of clinical experience as an optometrist as well as research experience as a vision scientist.
Dr. Rucker studies the signals that provide cues for focusing the eye during ocular accommodation and during post-natal development. She has also studied how near-sighted people and far-sighted people differ in their use of these signals. In 1996, Dr. Rucker received a five-year K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Training Award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute for the study “Short-wavelength Sensitive Cones and the Neural Pathways for Accommodation.” This was the basis of future work on cone signals in emmetropization and for her work on the environmental triggers for myopia.
Dr. Rucker maintains a professional membership with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and with the British College of Optometry. She has been published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science, Vision Research, and the Journal of Vision and Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. Dr. Rucker earned a BSc in ophthalmic optics from Aston University, England, in 1980 and became a member of the College of Optometry in 1981. She has gained valuable clinical experience in the UK and in the Middle East. She earned a PhD in vision science from the State University of New York, New York, in 2004. Dr. Rucker held a postdoctoral position in Josh Wallman’s myopia laboratory at City College of the City University of New York for five years from 2004 to 2009.