Debora L. Nickla, PhD

  • Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Disease


Fellowship, Institute for Basic Research, College of Staten Island
PhD, Biology, City College of CUNY, New York, NY
MS, Biology, SUNY Albany, Albany, NY
BS, Biology and Chemistry, Albany, NY

Areas of Expertise

Professional Memberships

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Member
Current Eye Research, Reviewing Editor

Research Interests

Animal Models of Myopia
Circadian Rhythms

Publications & Presentations

  1. Nickla, D.L., Schroedl, F. (2019). Effects of autonomic denervations on the rhythms in axial length and choroidal thickness in chicks. J. Comp. Physiol. A. 205: 139 149. doi: 10.1007/s00359-018-01310-4.
  2. Sarfare, S., Yang, J., Nickla, D.L. (2020). The effects of brief high intensity light on ocular growth in chicks developing myopia vary with time of day. Exp. Eye Res. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2020.108039.
  3. Stone, R.A., Wei, W., Sarfare, S., McGeehan, B., Engelhart, K.C., Khurana, T.S., Maguire, M.G., Iuvone, P.M., Nickla, D.L. (2020). Visual image quality impacts circadian rhythm- related gene expression in retina and choroid: A potential mechanism for ametropias. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 61:13. Doi: 10.1167/iovs.61.5.13.
  4. Nickla, D.L., Sarfare, S., McGeehan, B., Wei, W., Elin-Calcador, J., He, L., Dhakal, S., Dixon, J., Mcguire, M.G., Stone, R.A., Iuvone, P.M. (2020). Visual conditions affecting eye growth alter diurnal levels of vitreous DOPAC. Exp. Eye Res. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2020.108226.
  5. Nickla, D., F. Rucker, C. Taylor, S. Sarfare, W. Chen, J. Elin-Calcador and X. Wang (2022). “Effects of morning and evening exposures to blue light of varying illuminance on ocular growth rates and ocular rhythms in chicks.” Exp. Eye Res. Jan 29;217:108963. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2022.108963

Masters Students

Kenneth Dang, Class of 2022
Arthur Watson, Class of 2025