Mary P. Owen, PhD, JD
Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Pharmacology
JD, Intellectual Property, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire, 2001
PhD, Pharmacology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, 1979
MS, Cell and Molecular Biology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, 1976
BS, Chemistry, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1967
Mary P. Owen, JD, MS, PhD is a Professor of Pharmacology at the Georgia Campus, Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Owen grew up in Centre, AL and graduated from
the University of AL in Tuscaloosa with a BS in chemistry. She graduated from the
Medical College of Georgia with an MS in cell and molecular biology and a PhD in pharmacology.
Following her post-doctoral studies at the University of California at Los Angeles
Medical School, she taught pharmacology, physiology, and toxicology courses and conducted
research at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical School, the University
of Vermont School of Medicine, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford,
and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
Dr. Owen left Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science to attend law school at
Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH, where she earned her law degree. She is
currently a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia.
Dr. Owen has conducted research on the cardiovascular system in normal health and
disease states. This research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health,
the American Heart Association, and Deborah Research Institute. She has served on
grant review committees including that of the National Institutes of Health, the American
Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and Deborah Research Institute
and she has served as a reviewer of manuscripts for several major research journals.
Dr. Owen has published extensively in her area of research and has received numerous
invitations to speak at national and international research symposia.
1962 Entering Freshman Award, University of Alabama
1975-1979 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Medical College of Georgia
1979 Sigma Xi Student Paper Award
1979 Georgia Academy of Science Student Paper Award
1978-1979 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1978-1979
1979-1981 Research Fellowship, American Heart Association
1981 Invited Speaker to Fourth International Symposium on Vascular Neuroeffector Mechanisms
in Kyoto, Japan
1986-1987 Who’s Who in the East, 1986-1987 Edition
1986 Invited Participant to International Symposium on Calcium Antagonists in New
York, New York
1987 Invited Participant to Second International Symposium on Resistance Arteries
in Stowe, Vermont
1987 Nominee for Rockford Illinois YMCA Leader Luncheon Award
1988 Award of Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship, University of Illinois College
of Medicine at Rockford (Student Bradley Davitt became an Award Finalist on Research
Day at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois)
1988 Award of High School Teacher Summer Research Fellowship, University of Illinois
College of Medicine at Rockford
1990 National Institutes of Health Scientific Review Committee Member (Experimental
Cardiovascular Sciences Study Section)
1990 Invited Participant to First Kelvin Conference on Synaptic Transmission in Glasgow,
1995 Deborah Research Institute Certificate of Accomplishment Award
1999-2000 Franklin Pierce Law Center Team Member in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court
Competition in New York, New York
2011 Travel Award from the American Osteopathic Association to the American Osteopathic
Association Meeting, Orlando, Florida
2012 Nominee for the Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Graduate Studies, Georgia
Regents University (formally Medical College of Georgia), Augusta, Georgia
2012-2013 Elected Chairperson for the Faculty Senate for combined Philadelphia Campus
and Georgia Campus Faculty Senate
2013 A “Favorite Faculty” as determined by PCOM alumni polls
2014 Costin Institute, Scholar Cohort 10
Owen MP, Carrier GO. Calcium dependence of norepinephrine-induced vascular contraction in
experimental diabetes. J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther. 1980;212:253-258
Owen MP, Walmsley JG, Mason MF, Bevan RD, Bevan JA. Adrenergic control in three artery segments
of diminishing diameter in the rabbit ear. Am J. Physiol. 1983;245:H320-H326
Owen MP. Similarities and differences in the postjunctional role for neuropeptide Y in sympathic
vasomotor control of large versus small arteries of rabbit renal and ear vasculature.
J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther. 1993;256:887-895
Patel CA, Owen MP, Gu J. Immunohistochemical detection of alpha 2- adrenoceptor subtypes using subtype
specific antibodies in rabbit intrarenal resistance arteries. Cell Vision. 1996;3:21-26
Puttabyatappa Y, Stallone JN, Ergul A, El-Remessy AB, Kumar S, Black S, Johnson M,
Owen MP, White RE. Peroxynitrite mediates testosterone-induced vasorelaxation of microvascular
resistance vessels. J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther. 2013;345:7-14
Owen MP, Walmsley JG, Bevan RD, Bevan JA. Similarities and differences in characteristics
of the rabbit central ear artery and a main side branch. Proceedings of the VII International
Congress of Pharmacology, Tokyo, Japan, July 19-24 1981;1923
Owen MP, Bevan JA. Influence of norepinephrine uptake on neurogenic vasoconstriction is greater
in smaller compared with larger arteries of the rabbit ear. Fed. Proc. 1985;44:1733.
Owen MP, Patel CA. Alpha 2- adrenoceptors participate in mediation of norepinephrine-induced
constriction in rabbit interlobular arteries. Can. J. Pharmacol. Physiol. 1994;72:P13.1
Owen MP, Andrews JA, Zhu S, Barman SA, White RE. Acute high glucose concentration increases
myogenic tone in bovine retinal arteries through a protein kinase C mechanism. FASEB
Volunteer & Leadership (selected)
1985-present Ad hoc reviewer of manuscripts: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental
Therapeutics, American Journal of Physiology, Microvascullar Research, Circulation
Research, Life Sciences, Blood Vessels, Archives Internationales Pharmacodynamic et
de Therapie, Diabetes Care, Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
2007 Chaired an oral session at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Pharmacology
Society and served as a judge for both oral and poster presentations, Augusta, Georgia
2011 Judge of Medical Student posters at American Osteopathic Association Meeting,
2011 Reader for dissertation of PhD Student in Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology,
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
2011-present Supporter, Pro bono activities for Georgia Bar Association in Gwinnett
1979-1980 American Heart Association Greater Los Angeles Affiliate, Postdoctoral Research
Fellowship, Research Award #608 "Effects of Denervation of Vascular Smooth Muscle"
1980-1981 American Heart Association Greater Los Angeles Affiliate, Postdoctoral Research
Fellowship, Research Award #608 F1-2 "Sympathetic Tropic Effects"
1984-1985 American Heart Association Vermont Affiliate Grant-In-Aid Award #VT-84-G6
"Adrenergic Control of Resistance Arteries in Diabetes"
1984-1987 National Institutes of Health New Investigator Research Award #USPHS R23
HL36048 "Nervous and Humoral Control of Renal Resistance Arteries"
1985-1986 University of Illinois Biomedical Research Support Grant #48536 "Nervous
Control of Resistance Arteries in the Kidney"
1986-1988 American Heart Association Illinois Affiliate Grant-In-Aid Award #IL-86-N10
"Adrenergic Control of Resistance Arteries"
1988-1992 National Institutes of Health Research Award #USPHS R01 HL36048 "Nervous
and Humoral Control of Renal Resistance Arteries"
1993-1994 Deborah Research Institute Award #DRG199417P "Renal Resistance Arteries
in Heart Failure"
1994-1995 Deborah Research Institute Award #DRG199513P 'The Renal Vasculature in Heart
2006-2009 National Institutes of Health Reentry Grant #USPHS 3 R01 HL073890-02S1 "Estrogen
Dual Effects on Coronary Arteries"
2009-2011 Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging - endowed by the Osteopathic Heritage
Foundation "Control of Retinal Smooth Muscle Vasodilation: Exploring the Role of Glucose,
PGI2 , BKca Channels and Extravascular Pressure"
2013-present Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging -endowed by the Osteopathic Heritage
Foundation "Mechanisms of Androgen Regulation of the Microvasculature" (Co Investigator)