Paul Johnson, PhD, MBA, MT

Paul Johnson, PhD, MBA, MT
Appointed 08/16/12
3260B Weiskotten Hall
766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-5337

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

Education & Fellowships

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

Clinical Interests

  • Vitamin D, Concussion biomarkers

Research Interests

  • Vitamin D, Concussion biomarkers

Specialties & Certification

  • Medical Technology (MT) (ASCP)


  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Upstate New York Regional Chairman


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Doctor Paul Johnson began his professional career as a clinical laboratory scientist in 1998 after obtaining medical technology board certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. He later earned a doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Louisville Medical School. He joined the Upstate faculty as assistant professor in 2012, and teaches courses in clinical biochemistry and statistics within the field of pathology and laboratory medicine.

As a research investigator on two current projects, Dr. Johnson is studying the human metabolome in Vitamin D-deficient subjects by Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis. He is also co-investigator of a study to determine clinical utility of serum biomarkers of concussion in human subjects, and correlating this data with physical testing of subjects with a goal of improved early diagnosis.

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.
  • Kufel WD, Miller CD, Johnson PR, Reid K, Zahra JJ, Seabury RW. Y-site incompatibility between premix concentrations of vancomycin and piperacillin-tazobactam: Do current compatibility testing methodologies tell the whole story? Hosp Pharm 2017;52:132-7.

Recent Abstracts

  • Johnson PR, Neville CG. Evaluation of serum biomarker assays for mild traumatic brain injury in a cohort of mixed martial arts fighters. American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting, August 2016, Philadelphia, PA.
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