Office Address4126 Scott Hall
Position TitleProfessor and Director of Cardiovascular Research
Areas of InterestCardiovascular physiology
Donal S. O'Leary, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Cardiovascular Research in the Department of Physiology. A graduate of Miami University (B.A.) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (Ph.D.), Dr. O'Leary is a cardiovascular physiologist interested in the integrative control of the cardiovascular system at rest and during stress.
Dr. O'Leary's research is funded via the National Institute of Health, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and is focused on understanding the neural and hormonal mechanisms of control of arterial blood pressure, heart rate, cardiac output,regional blood flow and sympathetic nerve activity during dynamic exercise. His recent findings include determining the relative roles of the arterial baroreflex and the muscle metaboreflex (reflex responses to ischemia of active skeletal muscle) in the control of the cardiovascular system in normal and pathophysiological states such as congestive heart failure. Dr. O'Leary is also currently investigating the role of purinergic mechanisms within the nucleus tractus solaritus in cardio-respiratory homeostasis, regional blood flow and peripheral sympathetic nerve activity. The goals of these studies are to elucidate further the relative roles of cardiovascular reflexes in the control of the cardiovascular system, their interactions, and their mechanisms of action.
Listen to Dr.O'Leary's AJP-Heart and Circulatory Podcast: Guidelines for Animal Exercise and Training Protocols
Dr. O'Leary will not be accepting new students for the 2020-21 academic year.
Laboratory Web Site
A complete list of Dr. O'Leary's publications can be found at PubMed-O'Leary
Post Graduate Training
- 1986-89 Senior Fellow, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Neural control of heart rate and blood pressure (effects of exercise, heart failure and hypertension)