Paul O'Connor


Paul O'Connor


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Experimental Medicine


  • 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

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PSIO 6110

    Medical Physio 1
  • PSIO 8390

    Medical Renal Physiology
  • PSIO 6710

    Pathophys 1
  • BIOM 8011

    Respon Conduct of Research
  • PSIO 6610

    Seminar in Phys
  • PSIO 9010

    Seminar in Physiology
  • BIOM 8033

    Integrated Systems Biol
  • PSIO 7410

  • BIOM 8012

    Scientific Communications


Selected Recent Publications

  • Brown-Norway chromosome 1 mitigates the upregulation of proinflammatory pathways in mTAL cells and subsequent age-related CKD in Dahl SS/JrHsdMcwi rats., 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • New mechanisms for the kidney-protective effect of alkali in chronic kidney disease., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Persistent vascular congestion in male spontaneously hypertensive rats contributes to delayed recovery of renal function following renal ischemia perfusion compared with females., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Does Medullary Red Blood Cell Congestion Provide the Explanation for Ischemic Acute Kidney Injury?, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Lipopolysaccharide Pretreatment Prevents Medullary Vascular Congestion following Renal Ischemia by Limiting Early Reperfusion of the Medullary Circulation., 2022
    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