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John Reilly

Associate Professor
Florida Gulf Coast University
United States of America


Ph. D., Chemical Engineering: Sept. 1993 The Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD B.E., Chemical Engineering: May 1987 C.U.N.Y. The City College - New York, NY A.S., Engineering Science: May 1984 S.U.N.Y. Farmingdale - Farmingdale, NY

Research Interest

The research involves skin-chemical interactions and photo-reactivity of psoralen, a natural chemical found in citrus fruits, with DNA, RNA, proteins, nucleic acids and amino acids. The research area is generally referred to as photochemistry/photobiology or photo-medicine which includes photo-chemotherapy, photo-chemoprotection, and photo-chemoinactivation. In my research group, we investigate a photo-chemotherapy tool known as PUVA (Psoralen-UVA light). PUVA is an important therapeutic tool in treating dermatological ailments such as psoriasis and vitiligo


  • Labows, J.N., J.T. Reilly, J. Leyden, and G. Preti. 1999. In Antiperspirants and Deodorants; Editor C. Felger, K. Laden, Eds., Second; Marcell Dekker, New York, NY. pp 59-81.

  • Reilly, J.T. and M. Strickland, 2009. “Writing Component for the Second-Semester Physical Chemistry Curriculum”. J. College Science Teaching. 39(4), 35-41.

  • Reilly, J.T., T.T. Tyner, K.A. Troester, D.A Vitale and T.R. Risher, “Inhibition of Histidine Ammonia Lyase by 8-methoxypsoralen and Psoralen Oxidized Photporducts”. 2010. Photochemistry and Photobiology. 86, 1272-1277.

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