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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 2012 Wood JA, Chung DJ, Park SA, Zwingenberger AL, Reilly CM, Ly I, Walker NJ, Hayashi K, Wisner ER, Cannon MS, Kass PH, Cherry SR, Borjesson DL, Russell P, Murphy CJ Periocular and Intra-Articular Injection of Canine Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells: An In Vivo Imaging and Migration Study J Ocular Pharmacol Therap,
  • Link Icon 2012 Last JA, Thomasy SM, Croasdale CR, Russell P, Murphy CJ Compliance Profile of the Human Cornea as Measured by Atomic Force Microscopy Micron,
  • Link Icon 2012 Morgan JT, Wood JA, Shah NM, Hughbanks ML, Russell P, Barakat AI, Murphy CJ Integration of basal topographic cues and apical shear stress in vascular endothelial cells Biomaterials,
  • Link Icon 2012 McKee CT, Wood JA, Ly I, Russell P, Murphy CJ The Influence of a Biologically Relevant Substratum Topography on Human Aortic and Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells Biophysical J,
  • Link Icon 2012 Thomasy SM, Wood JA, Murphy CJ, Russell P Substratum stiffness and latrunculin B regulate matrix gene and protein expression in human trabecular meshwork cells Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci,
  • Link Icon 2012 Myrna KE, Mendonsa R, Russell P, Pot SA, Liliensiek SA, Jester JV, Nealey PF, Brown D, Murphy CJ Substratum topography modulates corneal fibroblast to myofibroblast transformation Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci,
  • Link Icon 2012 Mochizuki H, Murphy CJ, Brandt JD, Russell P Altered stability of mRNAs associated with glaucoma progression in human trabecular meshwork cells following oxidative stress Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci,
  • Link Icon 2011 McKee CT, Raghunathun VK, Nealey PF, Russell P, Murphy CJ Topographic Modulation of the Orientation and Shape of Cell Nuclei and Their Influence on the Measured Elastic Modulus of Epithelial Cells Biophysical Journal,
  • Link Icon 2011 Wood J, McKee C, Thomasy S, Fischer M, Shah, N, Murphy, CJ, Russell, P Substratum Compliance Regulates Human Trabecular Meshwork Cell Behaviors and Response to Latrunculin B Invest Ophthtalmol Vis Sci,
  • Link Icon 2011 Watari S, Genetos DC, Wood JA, Russell P, Murphy CJ, Hayashi K Modulation of osteogenic differentiation in hMSCs cells by submicron topographically-patterned ridges and grooves Biomaterials,

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.