Kristy Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

(317) 955-6329
Marian Hall, room 256

Kristy Wilson


Kristy Wilson, Ph.D. earned her Ph.D. at Purdue University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program working in cancer research.  She completed a post-doc at Emory University in the NIH sponsored, Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program where she preformed research in genetics and muscle disorders.  This program incorporated mentored teaching at Morehouse College where Dr. Wilson was hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor following her post-doc.  Dr. Wilson current research is in how to best educate scientists and health professionals and to show the effectiveness of college education.  As such, Dr. Wilson uses evidence based teaching methods in her courses to instill skills and best prepare students for their chosen careers.  Dr. Wilson's specific interest is the role of visual representations in learning and how they can be used to aid learning and to assess specific skills. 


  • Ph.D. at Purdue University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2009)
  • B.S. at University of South Dakota in Chemistry with Biology minor (2003)

Professional Affiliations

  • CBE Life Science Education Editorial Board and Feature Editor (2017-present)
  • Member, Advancing Competence in Experimentation in Biology (ACE-Bio) Research Coordination Network
  • Member, Biology Scholar- Education Research Institute, American Society of Microbiology (ASM) (2016)
  • Member, Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) (2013-present)
  • Reviewer, National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS) (2012-present)


  • BIO 203 Molecular Genetics
  • BIO/CHM 310 Biochemistry Survey
  • BIO 410 Genomics and Advanced Genetics
  • BIO 490 Senior Seminar
  • BIO 398/498 Directed Research

Research interests / portfolio

  • Communicating research based teaching practices using CBE Life Science Education (LSE) journal feature publications and website called Evidence Based Teaching Guides
  • Instilling and assessing understanding of the scientific process including nature of science (science is non-linear, ongoing, and relies upon communication with the scientific community and multiple lines of evidence), and experiment design (controls, variables, and the role of statistics)
  • Modeling in molecular genetics to increase student ability to integrate topics (role of genotype in phenotype and in evolution)




  • H. Qadota, O. Mayans, J.L. McMurry, Y. Matsunaga, K.J. Wilson, G.E. Kwon, R. Stanford, K. Deehan, T.L. Tinley, V.M. Ngwa, G.M. Benian. (2016) The SH3 domain of UNC-89 (obscurin) interacts with paramyosin, a coiled-coil protein, in C. elegans muscle. Mol Biol Cell 27: 1606-1620.
  • K.J. Wilson, H. Qadota, P. Mains, G.M. Benian. (2012) UNC-89 (obscurin) binds to MEL-26, a BTB domain protein, and affects the function of MEI-1 (katanin) in striated muscle of C. elegans. Mol Biol Cell 23: 2623-34.
  • K.J. Wilson, C.P. Mill, S. Lambert, J. Buchman, T.J. Wilson, V. Hernandez-Gordillo, R. Gallo, L. Ades, J. Settleman, D.J. Riese. (2012) EGFR ligands exhibit functional differences in models of paracrine and autocrine signaling. Growth Factors. 30: 107-116.
  • K.J. Wilson, C.P. Mill, S. Lambert, E.M. Cameron, H. VanBrocklin, J. Settleman, D.J. Riese. (2012) The Q43L mutant of neuregulin 2beta is a pan-ErbB antagonist.  Biochem J. 443: 133-144.
  • K.J. Wilson, H. Qadota, G.M. Benian. (2012) Immunofluorscent localization of proteins in C. elegans muscle. Methods Mol Biol. 789: 171-181.
  • K.J. Wilson, J.L. Gilmore, M.A. Lemmon, J. Foley, D.J. Riese. (2009) EGF family hormones stimulate distinct biological responses: implications for tumorigenesis and metastasis. Pharmacol Ther 122: 1-8.
  • N.E. Willmarth, A. Baillo, M. Dziubinski, K. Wilson, D.J. Riese, S.P. Ethier. (2009) Altered EGFR localization and degradation in human breast cancer cells with an amphiregulin/EGFR autocrine loop.  Cell Signal 21: 212-219.
  • K.J. Wilson, C.P. Mill, E.M. Cameron, S.S. Hobbs, R.P. Hammer, D.J. Riese. (2007) Interconversion of neuregulin2 full and partial agonists for ErbB4. Biochem Biophys Res Comm 364: 351-357.
  • Z. Ristic, K. Wilson, C. Nelsen, I. Momcilovic, S. Kobayashi, R. Meeley, M. Muszynski, J. Habben. (2004) A maize mutant with decreased capacity to accumulate chloroplast protein synthesis elongation factor (EF-Tu) displays reduced tolerance to heat stress. Plant Sci 167: 1367-1374.
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