Paul O'Connor

Associate Professor

Paul O'Connor

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Experimental Medicine

Education

  • Ph.D., Physiology, General Monash University, 2005

  • BS, Biomedical Sciences, General Monash University, 2001

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Basic Science Teaching Medical College of Georgia, 2019

  • Excellence in Teaching Award Augusta University Graduate School, 2018

  • Exemplary Teaching Award Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, 2018

  • Arthur C. Guyton Award for Excellence in Integrative Physiology American Physiological Society , 2015

  • Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section New Investigator Award. American Physiological Society , 2014

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 5593

    ECM 1-PBL
  • MEDI 6595

    ECM 2-Foundations
  • MEDI 6593

    ECM 2-PBL
  • BIOM 8033

    Integrated Systems Biol
  • PSIO 9210

    Invest of a Problem
  • MEDI 5240

    Mod 5: Cardiopulmonary
  • MEDI 5159

    Mod 5: Genitourinary
  • MEDI 5243

    Mod 6: Renal
  • MEDI 5298

    Phase 2 Comp Module & NBR
  • PSIO 8340

    Advanced Study Physiology
  • MEDI 5592

    ECM 1-PBL
  • MEDI 6592

    ECM 2-PBL
  • MEDI 5220

    Mod 2: Hem/GI
  • BIOM 8011

    Respon Conduct of Research

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Na balance for dummies’ commissioned review for AJP renal., 2019
    Manuscript
  • Ultrasound Measurements of Regional Kidney Volume a sensitive indicator of severity of parenchymal injury in ischemic acute kidney injury., 2019
    Manuscript
  • Vascular congestion rather than metabolic mismatch underlies the renal ischemia paradox., 2019
    Manuscript
  • Necrosis Contributes to the Development of Hypertension in Male, but Not Female, Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Ischemic Renal Injury: Can Renal Anatomy and Associated Vascular Congestion Explain Why the Medulla and Not the Cortex Is Where the Trouble Starts?, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Our laboratory’s primary research interests lie in the physiological pathways involved in the regulation of kidney function and how disruptions in these pathways can lead to disease. Recently our laboratory has also become interested in the mechanisms through which splenic anti-inflammatory pathways regulate the innate immune response.

Department Service

  • Co-Director Physiology Graduate Program 2019 - Present

  • Search Committee Member for new Faculty 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Search Committee Member for Chair 2018 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member
  • Director Physiology Graduate Program 2018 - 2018

  • Co-Director Physiology Graduate Program 2017 - 2017

University Service

  • IACUC 2013 - Present

    Role: Other
  • MCG Graduate Student Research Day 2017 - 2018

    Role: Other
  • Software Committee 2016 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • Intramural grants program 2015 - 2016

    Role: Other
  • Faculty Compensation Committee 2015

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • American Physiological Society: John F. Perkins Jr. Memorial Committee 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Physiological Reports 2013 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Acta Physiologica 2011 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • American Journal of Physiology 2011 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Circulation Research 2011 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer

Public Service

  • USAFL Milwaukee Bombers Australian Rules Football Team 2010 - 2011

    Role: Other