Russ Price, PhD

Professor of Medicine and Physiology

Emory University Department of Medicine

Associate Vice Chair for Research

Emory University Department of Medicine


Dr. Price graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in Zoology. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the East Carolina University School of Medicine in 1986 and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship working with Drs. Martha Vaughan and Joel Moss in the Laboratory of Cellular Metabolism in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  Afterwards, Dr. Price joined the Renal Division as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He currently holds the rank of Professor of Medicine (with Tenure) and Physiology. In 2012, he was appointed Associate Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Price is involved in both educational and service activities. He is a member of the Nutrition Health Sciences and the Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology Ph.D. Programs in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the Laney Graduate School. He is on numerous departmental and school committees and serves on Editorial Boards for The Journal of Biological Chemistry and  American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology; he has also served on the Editorial Boards of Kidney International and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  He also participates in study sections for the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and American Heart Association and is on the Executive Council for the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism. 



Dr. Price's research is directed towards elucidating the mechanisms that cause muscle atrophy in chronic conditions like end stage kidney disease and diabetes.  His group uses biochemical and molecular approaches to study how protein synthesis and degradation are dysregulated in these conditions as well as to identify the signals that cause the changes in metabolism.  Studies by Dr. Price and others have shown that muscle wasting in these conditions is largely due to activation of transcriptional and post-transcriptional programs that control the expression of key components of the proteolytic systems that degrade cellular and myofibrillar proteins.