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James Mertz, OD, PhD

James Mertz, OD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biosciences

Dr. Mertz has been a member of the faculty at The New England College of Optometry since 1999. He teaches Ocular Biochemistry and Genetics.  He is a lab instructor in Principles and Practices of Optometry I, II, III and Ocular Diseases I.  He also teaches numerous optometric techniques in the Advanced Diagnostic Techniques Lab.  Dr. Mertz participates in the college’s international program, lecturing in physiology at Aalen University in Germany.  At NECO, he serves on graduate student review committees and interview committees.   
In his private practice in Plymouth, Dr. Mertz specializes in dry eye and its treatment, and provides direct eye care to a large number of dry eye patients. He is also involved in a collaborative research study with Dr. William Blaner of the Columbia University School of Medicine in the assessment of retinoid and their functions.   
Dr. Mertz earned a BA and an MS in chemistry from Western Carolina University and a PhD in biochemistry from North Carolina State University. After earning his PhD, he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Prior to joining the faculty at The New England College of Optometry, Dr. Mertz held faculty appointments at the City University of New York Medical School and St. John’s University.