Douglas C. Eaton, PhD, distinguished professor of physiology in Emory University School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Physiology. Dr. Eaton has served as acting chair of the department since 2007 and as deputy chair since 1987. He also is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Eaton directs the Center for Cell and Molecular Signaling, and his research focuses on ion transport across cell membranes; cellular signal transduction; cellular and molecular biology of membrane transport; and nanosensor methods applied to clinical samples. He has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than 15 NIH grants. In 2001 he was the recipient of a Merit Award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Dr. Eaton has directed the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program since 2005. FIRST is an NIH-funded fellowship program that trains postgraduate students to become researchers and teachers in the biological sciences. The program is a collaboration among Emory University and four historically minority-serving institutions within the Atlanta University Center.
"Doug Eaton is an exceptional, nationally recognized scientist and scientific leader who has helped guide physiology research and training at Emory for more than two decades," says Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of Emory University School of Medicine. "We are extremely pleased that he will direct this department's future growth as a cornerstone of medical discovery."
Dr. Eaton received a B.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology and an M.S. degree in marine biology from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He received a Ph.D. in neuroscience in 1971 from the University of California, San Diego and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a visiting research associate at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, an adjunct member of the Marine Biomedical Institute at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and an investigator at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Before joining Emory School of Medicine in 1986 he was a professor of physiology and biophysics and director of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics Graduate Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
A Fellow of the American Society of Nanomedicine and of the American Society of Nephrology, Dr. Eaton is a charter member of the Society for Neuroscience and the American Academy of Nanomedicine and has served as president of the American Physiological Society. He is associate editor of the Journal of Physiological Science and serves on the editorial boards of Nanomedicine, the American Journal of Physiology: Renal, Fluid, & Electrolyte, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He has authored or co-authored more than 140 scholarly papers and 18 books or book chapters and has given 121 invited lectures and presentations.