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Paul Russell- BS, MS, PhD
Surgical & Radiological Sciences

1312A Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 3676


Research Focus

The focus of my research is to determine how biophysical cues of topography and substrate stiffness contribute to the disease process. I work with cells from the anterior chamber of the eye as well as vascular endothelium. 

Specialty Focus



1967 BS , Marquette University,
1973 MS , Yale University,
1975 PhD , Yale University,

Honors and Awards

2010 Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
2010 Douglas H. Johnson Award, American Health Assistance Foundation

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Biophysical cues, antioxidants and the trabecular meshwork, (Principal Investigator), American Health Assistance Foundation

Principal Investigator, The role of biophysical cues in the pathogenesis of glaucoma, (Principal Investigator), NEI/NIH

Co-Investigator, Injection of MSCs into the Lacrimal and Third Eyelet Glands for the Treatment of KCS, Christopher Murphy (Principal Investigator), CEH Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine Group (Randall)

Co-Investigator, Biophysical cues and cornea wound healing, Christopher Murphy (Principal Investigator), NEI/NIH

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2015 Morgan JT, Raghunathan VK, Chang Y-R, Murphy CJ Russell P Wnt inhibition induces persistent increases in intrinsic stiffness of human trabecular meshwork cells Exp Eye Res,
  • Link Icon 2015 Raghunathan VK, Gao J, Reid B, Wei D, Diaz RC, Russell P, Murphy CJ and Zhao M Biomimetic Stochastic Topography And Electric Fields Synergistically Enhance Directional Migration Of Corneal Epithelial Cells In A MMP-3 Dependent Manner Acta Biomater,
  • Link Icon 2014 Morgan JT, Wood JA, Walker NJ, Raghunathan VK, Borjesson DL, Murphy CJ and Russell P Human trabecular meshwork cells exhibit several characteristics of, but are distinct from, adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther,
  • Link Icon 2014 Murphy KC, Morgan JT, Wood JA, Sadeli A, Murphy CJ, Russell P. The formation of cortical actin arrays in human trabecular meshwork cells in response to cytoskeletal disruption. Exp Cell Res,
  • Link Icon 2014 Raghunatha VJ, Dreier, B, Morgan JM, Tuyen B, Rose B, Reilly, C, Russell P, and Murphy CJ Involvement of YAP, TAZ and HSP90 in contact guidance and intercelllular junction formation in corneal epithelial cells Plos One,
  • Link Icon 2014 Cheng Y, Raghunahan VK, Garland SP, Morgan JT, Russell P and Mruphy CJ Automated AFM force curve analysis for determining elastic modulus of biomaterials and biological samples Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials,
  • Link Icon 2014 Garland SP, McKee CT, Chang Y-R, Raghunathan VK, Russell P, Murphy CJ. A cell culture substrate with biologically relevant size-scale topography and compliance of the basement membrane. Langmuir,
  • Link Icon 2014 Raghunathan VK, Morgan JT, Thomasy SM, Murphy CJ and Russell P Robust and artifact-free method of mounting tissue samples for atomic force microscopy Biotechniques,
  • Link Icon 2014 Garland SP, Wang RY, Raghunathan VK, Lam KS, Murphy CJ, Russell P, Sun G, Pan T Photopatternable and photoactive hydrogel for on-demand generation of hydrogen peroxide in cell culture Biomaterials,
  • Link Icon 2014 Morgan JT, Murphy CJ and Russell P What do mechanotransduction, Hippo, Wnt, and TGFß have in common? YAP and TAZ as key orchestrating molecules in ocular health and disease Experimental Eye Research,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2008 Gasiorowski JZ, Foley JD, Russell P, Liliensiek SJ, Nealey PF, Murphy CJ: Cellular behavior on basement membrane inspired topographically patterned synthetic matrices, Gonsalves KE, Laurencin CL, Halberstadt CR and Nair LS, (ed), Biomedical Nanostructures, Hoboken NJ. 293-315.

1989 Kupfer C, Russell P: Congenital and developmental cataract in human studies, Ponte F, (ed), Basic and Clinical Aspects of Congential and Development Cataract, Palermo. 51-7.

1988 Garland D, Russsell P, Zigler Jr JS: The oxidative modification of lens proteins, Simic MG, Taylor KA, Ward JF and Von Sonntag C, (ed), Oxygen Radicals in Biology and Medicine, New York. 347-52.

1981 Russell P: Changes in intrinsic membrane proteins in mouse lens during cataractogenesis, Sears M, (ed), New Directions in Ophthalmic Research, New Haven. 109-21.