Philip O'Herron

Assistant Professor

Philip O'Herron

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Culver Vision Discovery Inst

The Graduate School


  • Ph.D., Neuroscience Johns Hopkins University, 2009

  • BA, Chemistry, General George Mason University, 2002

Awards & Honors

  • First prize MUSC research day for post-doctoral talks Medical University of South Carolina, 2012

  • Neuroscience department – intradepartmental award for outstanding research poster at annual department retreat Johns Hopkins University, 2008

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BIOM 8033

    Integrated Systems Biol
  • PSIO 9010

    Seminar in Physiology
  • VBIO 9010

    Seminar in Vascular Bio


Selected Recent Publications

  • 3D optogenetic control of arteriole diameter in vivo., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • An Unexpected Dependence of Cortical Depth in Shaping Neural Responsiveness and Selectivity in Mouse Visual Cortex., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Neural correlates of single-vessel haemodynamic responses in vivo., 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Remapping of border ownership in the visual cortex., 2013
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Targeted labeling of neurons in a specific functional micro-domain of the neocortex by combining intrinsic signal and two-photon imaging., 2012
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

My lab’s research focuses on questions of neurovascular coupling and visual processing. Our neurovascular coupling works seeks to determine how neural activity in the cortex drives the hemodynamic responses (functional hyperemia) and, in turn, how neurons depend on the increased blood flow to active regions.

Department Service

  • Departmental Awards Committee 2019

    Role: Committee Member