Lou Reinisch is a physicist with a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and several patents. He has consulted with various companies and had two spin-off companies formed using his work in fluorescence. One company, Veritide, manufactures a fast, non-invasive, reagent-free test for the bacterial spore, anthrax. The other company is in the investigative phase of developing a non-invasive screening tool for diabetes.

Prior to joining NYIT, Reinisch held the following positions, including: Dean of Arts and Sciences at Farmingdale State College (2013-2016); head of the Department of Physical and Earth Sciences at Jacksonville State University (2009-2013); Dean of Science and the Director of Medical Physics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (2002-2008); and Director of Laser Research at the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (1991-2002). He was also an associate professor at the Laser Biophysics Center at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (1988-1991), an assistant professor at the Department of Physics at Northeastern University (1984-1988), and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Muenster in Germany (1982-1984). The core of Reinisch’s research involves lasers and spectroscopy in medicine, and he has published extensively regarding the use of free-electron lasers in medicine.

Reinisch is an associate editor with the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. In his role as Associate Provost, he is a strong advocate for improving higher level education with experiential learning and technology-enhanced teaching.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Thermal response of vocal folds exposed to laser irradiation
  • Photoantisepsis of gingiva
  • Laser treatment of onychomycosis
  • Instructor of lasers in medicine and laser safety


  • S.P. Lansley, G.T. Betzel, P. Metcalfe, L. Reinisch and J. Meyer, Comparison of natural and synthetic diamond X-ray detectors. Australasian Phys. Eng. Sci. Med. 33:301-306 (2011).
  • S.P. Lansley, G.T. Betzel, F. Baluti, L. Reinisch and J. Meyer, Synthetic diamond X-ray dosimeter for radiotherapy. Radiation Meas. 46:1658-1661 (2011). *G.T. Betzel, S.P. Lansley, L. Reinisch and J. Meyer, Clinical investigations of a CVD diamond detector for radiotherapy dosimetry. Physica Med, 28:144-152 (2012).
  • L. Reinisch, G.C. Garrett, M. Courey, A Simplified Laser Treatment Planning System: Proof of Concept, Laser Surg. Med. 45:679-685 (2013).
  • D.M. Harris and L. Reinisch, Selective Photoantisepsis, Laser Surg. Med. 00:000-000 (2016). Professional Honors & Awards
  • Delivered the State-of-the-Art Lecture for the American Laryngological Association 15 May 2014
  • Vice Presidential Citation from the Triological Society for research contributions to Otolaryngology, 2012
  • Visiting Erskine Teaching Fellowship to University of Canterbury to teach Science Entrepreneurship
  • Member-at-Large Constituency Director to Sigma Xi The Research Organization
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education, Academic Auditor

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