Mary S. Rea, PhD

Professor of Biology

211 Mueller Science Hall,
Troy, NY
106 Rathbone Hall,
Albany, NY
[email protected]

Dr. Mary Rea, aka, “Dr. Evil” teaches Anatomy and Physiology I and II lecture and lab courses. She has won many teaching awards and honors on both campuses and received an honorary ring from the Class of 2004. However, Dr. Rea says her favorite thing over the years continues to be “seeing her many students and advisees become successful teachers, physicians, vets, PAs, researchers, PTs, OTs…whatever!”


 
Dr. Rea is a professor of Biology in the Department. Dr. Rea chaired the Department for 14 years notably establishing Biology on the Albany campus, dramatically increasing enrollments through articulations with Albany Medical College and community colleges, and supporting faculty and student research. Dr. Rea is currently the Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Studies Program.


 
Dr. Rea completed her BS in Biology at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, her MS in Biology at University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and her PhD in Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Dr. Rea has worked in many diverse areas in biology; she has publications in toxicology, amphibian physiology, geriatrics, and lighting. She recently was appointed as the Walter Robb and Anne Gruver Robb Fellow in the Sciences at Sage to explore her current research interests of taste in green plants and patient understanding of their hospitalization. Below are listed her selected publications and presentations.

 

Selected Publications

Gras L. & Rea M. Improving Balance of Older Adults by Walking, Education, and Wii™ Bowling. J J Physical Rehab Med. 1(1): 003, 2015.

Figueiro M, Plitnick B, Rea M, Gras L, Rea M., Lighting and Perceptual Cues: Effects on Gait Measures of Older Adults at High and Low Risk for Falls, BMC Geriatrics 11:49, 2011.

Figueiro M, Gras L, Plitnick B, Rea M, Rea M., Lighting for Improved Postural Control in Older Adults with and without Risk for Falls, Age and Ageing 0:1-4, 2011.

MG Figueiro, L Gras, N Qi, P Rizzoa, M Rea and MS Rea, A novel night lighting system for postural control and stability in seniors, Lighting Research & Technology 40: 111-116, 2008.

Mariana G. Figueiro, Elyse Saldo, Mary S. Rea, Karen Kubarek, Julie Cunningham, Mark S. Rea, Developing Architectural Lighting Designs to Improve Sleep in Older Adults, The Open Sleep Journal 1: 40-51 (12), 2008.

Rea, M. S., Bauby, H., Babar, S., and Parsons, R. H. Effects of nitric oxide and angiotensin II and their interaction on water uptake in Rana catesbeiana. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part A. 131: 457-466, 2002.

Rea, M.S. and Parsons, R. H. Evidence of nitric oxide and angiotensin II regulation of circulation and cutaneous drinking in Bufo marinus. Physio. Biochem. Zool. 74 (1): 127-133, 2001.

Weinberger, P. and Rea, M.S. Effects of aminocarb and its formulation adjuncts on the growth of Chlorella pyrenoidosa Chick. Env.Exp.Botany, 22: 491-496, 1982.

Presentations

Gloria Singleton, Ki-Tae Mok, Mary Rea. Patients’ Comprehension of Their Overall Health and Hospitalization, Annual Rural Health Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 7-10, 2019.

Gras L, Rea M, Bassett W, Bucci M, Carvalho S, Gong T, LoMonaco J, Stewart H, Wasiczko L. Education, Walking and the Wii. APTA Conference poster, Las Vegas, NV, February, 2014.

Gras, L. and Rea, M. Improving Balance by Education, Walking and the WiiTM. NYPTA Conference poster, October 25, 2013, Albany, NY, October, 2013.

Rui Qi, Mariana Gross Figueiro, Laura Z Gras, Mary Rea, Mark Rea, The Influence Of Visual Information On Postural Stability In Older Adults, Presentation at The International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence, St Petersburg, FL, 2008.

Figueiro, M.G., Rea, M., Gras L.Z Rea, M.S. Light, Sleep Quality and Falls: Is There a Relationship? ICADI Conference Presentation, St. Petersburg, FL, 2006.

Parsons, R.H. and Rea, M.S. Nitric oxide and angiotensin II and their interaction on cutaneous drinking in amphibians. Featured topic in APS Comparative Physiology Section, Experimental Biology, New Orleans, April 2002.

Smith, S.M.E., Lyon, M., Preston, E., Brennan, M., Bauby, H., and Rea, M.S. Small molecule effectors of NOS. The Fourth Gordon Research Conference on Biochemistry of Nitric Oxide, Ventura, CA. Feb. 2001.

Parsons, R.H. and Rea, M.S. Evidence of nitric oxide regulation of circulation in Bufo marinus. The Fourth Gordon Research Conference on Biochemistry of Nitric Oxide, Ventura, CA. Feb. 2001.

Smith, S.M.E., Lyon, M., Preston, E., Brennan, M., Bauby, H., and Rea, M.S. Small molecule effectors of NOS. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Orlando, FL. April 2001.

Parsons, R. H. and Rea, M.S. Evidence of nitric oxide regulation of circulation in Bufo marinus, FASEB J (4): A436, 2000.

Rea, M.S. and Parsons, R.H. Evidence of nitric oxide regulation of peripheral resistance in Bufo marinus, Am. Zool. 37: 138A, 1998.