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

  • PSIO 7410



Selected Recent Publications

  • The development of bi-directionally coupled self-organizing neurovascular networks captures orientation-selective neural and hemodynamic cortical responses., 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • 3D optogenetic control of arteriole diameter in vivo., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Author response: 3D optogenetic control of arteriole diameter in vivo, 2022
  • Cortical layer-specific differences in stimulus selectivity revealed with high-field fMRI and single-vessel resolution optical imaging of the primary visual cortex, 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

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