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Dr. Paul Russell honored with 2013 Zoetis Excellence in Research Award

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Dean Lairmore congratulates Dr. Paul Russell on his award.

Dr. Paul Russell received the 2013 Zoetis Excellence in Research Award at a faculty reception on Oct. 30th. He was recognized for innovative study aimed at understanding mechanisms underlying glaucoma, a clinically prevalent eye disease in both humans and companion animals. 

As a researcher in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Russell focuses on determining how biophysical cues of topography and substrate stiffness contribute to the disease process. His seminal findings have revealed how extracellular matrix influences ocular outflow pathways essential for drainage of the eye. He has cleverly fabricated synthetic matrices that model the stiffness of the normal and glaucomic extracellular matrices, which are valuable for identifying new therapies. Dr. Russell’s work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and he has published more than 150 articles. 

Dr. Russell earned his Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University in 1975. After a productive research career at the National Eye Institute of the NIH and two years at the University of Wisconsin, in 2009 Dr. Russell joined the faculty at UC Davis. 

The Zoetis Excellence in Research Award was previously known as the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence. The award fosters innovative research on which the scientific advancement of the veterinary profession depends, by recognizing outstanding research effort and productivity. Nominees must be faculty members of the College of Veterinary Medicine or a nationally recognized teaching/research hospital, and the recipient’s research accomplishments conducted within the past three years. Nominees are typically the principal investigator in a research program that has attained or is likely to attain national recognition. Zoetis works with leading scientists and research institutes to identify and address the most pressing challenges facing animal health today.