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Emily Wahrendorf

"I love medicine, but I prefer to be behind the scenes of patient care. I like the testing in the lab. You have to know so much and relate it to the patient. Lab people are methodical and process-oriented. I want to be involved, doing the lab work that's significant to the treatment of patients."
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Paul Johnson, PhD, MBA, MT

Paul Johnson, PhD, MBA, MT
Appointed 08/16/12
2156 Weiskotten Hall
766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-5337

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

Education & Fellowships

  • PhD: University of Louisville, 2011, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
  • MBA: University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004

Clinical Interests

  • Vitamin D

Research Interests

  • Metabolomics, Biomarkers

Specialties & Certification

  • Medical Technology (MT) (ASCP)


  • American Society for Clinical Pathology


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Dr. Johnson began his career as a clinical laboratory scientist in 1998 after obtaining medical technology board certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.  Interested in expanding his knowledge of pathology and laboratory medicine, he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2011.  Since joining the Upstate faculty in 2012, he has been teaching undergraduate courses in clinical biochemistry and statistics.

Dr. Johnson is currently involved in two ongoing research projects: 1) to investigate the human metabolome in otherwise healthy, Vitamin D-deficient subjects using Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) technology; and 2) to analyze clinical serum biomarkers of concussion in human subjects and correlate this data with physical testing data of subjects performed in the physical therapy department (work being done as a joint project with PT department faculty member).


Recent Publications

  • Wu R, Kausar H, Johnson P, Montoya-Durango DE, Merchant M, Rane MJ. Hsp27 regulates Akt activation and polymorphonuclear leukocyte apoptosis by scaffolding MK2 to Akt signal complex. J. Biol. Chem. 2007; 282(30):21598-608.
  • Johnson PR. Down-regulation of bile acid synthesis and a metabolic co-activator under hypoxic conditions - implications in obstructive sleep apnea. Med Hypotheses. 2008;71(4):530-536.
  • El Haibi CP, Sharma PK, Singh R, Johnson PR, Suttles J, Singh S, Lillard JW Jr. PI3Kp110-, Src-, FAK-dependent and DOCK2-independent migration and invasion of CXCL13-stimulated prostate cancer cells. Mol Cancer. 2010 Apr 22;9(1):85.
  • Johnson PR, Shah PP, Barati MT, Gozal E, Rane MJ.  Molecular chaperones: ubiquitous proteins with great diversity of function in health and disease. Current Topics in Biochemical Research. 2015; 16: 53-65.


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