Scott M. O'Grady

Professor-Cellular Physiology
480B Haecker Hall
1364 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6118
+1 612 624 3767


  • Research Associate, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1985-1987.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago, Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences, 1983-1985.
  • Ph.D., Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980-1983.
  • M.S., Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1978-1980.
  • B.S., Zoology and B.S., Environmental Biology, Eastern Illinois University, 1974-1978.

Research Interests

Investigations in my laboratory focus on understanding mechanisms and regulation of electrolyte transport across epithelial tissues and on innate immune function of the airway epithelium in relation to cystic fibrosis, asthma and allergic airway disease. Cultured human airway epithelial cells are currently used to study regulation of ion transport and cell migration by a variety of signaling molecules. A combination of electrophysiological approaches and molecular techniques provide a means of identifying transport mechanisms and signaling pathways that are important in controlling salt and fluid movement across the airway epithelium. Studies of innate immune function are being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Hirohito Kita from the Mayo Clinic. These studies address the role of the airway epithelium in allergic inflammation induced by environmental allergens and fungal infection of the lung.


  • Cell Physiology ANSC/PHSL 5700; BIOL 4700

Honors & Awards

  • Star Reviewer Award, American Journal of Physiology, [Cell and Molecular Physiology]
  • Editorial Advisory Board, American Physiological Society [Cell and Molecular Physiology]
  • Consulting Editor, Physiological Reports
  • Teaching Excellence Award: Veterinary Physiology (CVM 6130), College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.
  • University of Minnesota Star Faculty Award for outstanding performance in research, teaching and outreach.
  • Teaching Incentive Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.
  • Gordon L. Starr Outstanding Contribution Award, University of Minnesota.
Dr. Scott O'Grady