Josh Watson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physiology

  • Office: Coal Building, 816
  • Telephone: (606) 218-5433
  • E-mail:

Gross Anatomy Lab
Medical Physiology
Ocular Physiology and Biochemistry
Pathology and Disease Processes

BS, Biology and Chemistry, Western Kentucky University
MS, Physiology and Biophysics, University of Louisville
PhD, Physiology and Biophysics, University of Louisville

Murthy N, Mutter MW, Bradley J, Watson LJ, Hickenbotham A, Kinzer E. Contribution of intraocular pressure disparity in head-down tilt to the development of Spaceflight-Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome ARVO 2019

Brainard RE, Watson LJ. The Inverted Case Study Technique: Changing the traditional case-study approach for increased comprehension of physiological concepts. FASEB J. April 2019 33:1_supplement, 766.2-766.2

Abraham DM, Lee TE, Watson LJ, Mao L, Chandok G, Wang H, Frangakis S, Pitt GS, Shah SH, Wolf MJ, Rockman HA. The Two-Pore-Domain Potassium Channel TREK-1 Mediates Cardiac Fibrosis and Diastolic Dysfunction. J Clin Invest. 2018 Nov 1;128(11):4843-4855.

Brainard RE, Watson LJ. A Hybrid Approach to Learning Breathing Mechanics in Graduate Respiratory Physiology: Investigating the Effect of Using “MicroVid” Links in Printed Lecture Notes. Kentucky Physiological Society 2018

DeMann D, Bingham J, Watson L J, A Drosophila Model for Understanding the Role of Autophagy in Diabetic Cardiomyopathies. J Am Osteopath Assoc. November 2017, Vol. 117, e27-e135

Postdoctoral Training, Receptor Biology and Cellular Signaling, Duke University

Novel Pathogenic Pathways in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy