Oleh Pochynyuk
Oleh Pochynyuk, Ph.D., Integrative Biology and Pharmacology

Dr. Oleh Pochynyuk is a tenure-track assistant professor at the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a member of the American Physiological Society and American Society of Nephrology. The research in his laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms governing water-electrolyte transport in the distal part of renal nephron.

Dr. Oleh Pochynyuk is a tenure-track assistant professor at the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a member of the American Physiological Society and American Society of Nephrology.

The research in his laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms governing water-electrolyte transport in the distal part of renal nephron, namely the connecting tubule and the collecting duct. His lab investigates how epithelial Na+ channels (ENaC) can be regulated in non-classical aldosterone-independent manner, which will help to understand the phenomenon of “aldosterone paradox” and establish a physiological role of aldosterone-independent regulation of ENaC in renal sodium handling and controlling systemic blood pressure. His lab is also actively involved in defining a role of TRP channels, such as TRPV4, in conferring mechanosensitive properties to the distal nephron. It is now becoming recognized that mechanosensitivity is pivotal for proper adaptation of water-electrolyte transporting systems to changes in ultrafiltrate flow/composition. 

Education

BS, Radiophysics & Electronics, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine, 1997
MS, Medical Radiophysics, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine, 1999
Ph.D., Physiology/Biophysics, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology NAS, Kiev, Ukraine, 2003
Postdoctoral Fellow, Renal Physiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, 2010