Kristen Metzler-Wilson, P.T., Ph.D.
Kristen Metzler-Wilson joined the MU-COM faculty as assistant professor of pharmacology in the fall of 2013. Kristen earned a bachelor's of arts degree in natural science with a minor in music at Goshen College and an master's of science degree in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University. After practicing as an inpatient hospital physical therapist for several years, she returned to academia and earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Metzler-Wilson’s research interests relate to the autonomic nervous system and peripheral neuropharmacology. Her dissertation focused on interactions between voltage-gated calcium channels and calcium binding proteins. She obtained additional translational research training at the Ohio musculoskeletal and neurological Institute where she worked on transdermal drug delivery, functional effects of local anesthesia, and agonist dose-response relations in the skin. At MU-COM, Kristen will combine her bench science work with human-based studies in her peripheral neuropharmacology investigations.
Dr. Metzler-Wilson has held tenure-track faculty positions at Ohio University and Lebanon Valley College and has taught neuroscience and pharmacology to professional students for a number of years. She enjoys teaching students via a combination of lecture and patient cases to facilitate learning and incorporate pharmacology fundamentals for their future therapeutic application. She is a licensed physical therapist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Society for Neuroscience, and American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.