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Kristy Wilson, Ph.D.
Marian University
Kristy Wilson, Ph.D. 

Kristy Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Kristy Wilson, Ph.D.Contact Info (preferred)
Phone: 317.955.6329

Bio 203:  Genes and Genomics
Bio 415:  Molecular Genetics

Research Interests
My current research interest is in biology education research. Biology education research is a growing specialty that determines the best practices and methods to educate scientists and health professionals. Legislators and parents are pushing for evidence supporting the effectiveness of college education, especially in light of concerns about the rising cost of college education. They want to know how well students are learning course material and whether this material is truly preparing them for their careers. Discipline-specific educational research strives to determine the best practices for conveying ideas and skills specific for a particular field.

My specific interest in is instilling and assessing transferable skills learned in the classroom. The best way to impart transferable skills is through active learning techniques like problem-based or case-based learning. These skills include:

  • Communication (written and oral)
    • To other scientists (in field communication)
    • To general public (out of field communication)
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Information literacy
    • Find information
    • Evaluate its value
  • Life-long learning

Current projects

  • Changing your mind (Critical Thinking)
    • Directly or indirectly confronting misconceptions in understanding
  • Information Literacy: find information and evaluate its worth (scientific method)
  • Assessment of affect of outreach to middle and high school students (science fair projects and mentoring on Marian University campus)
Undergraduate research students Pam Opwonya  (right) and Tiffany Schendel (left) working with Dr. Wilson on education research.

Undergraduate research students Pam Opwonya (right) and Tiffany Schendel (left) working with Dr. Wilson on education research in fall 2012.


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

Professional Experience

Post-doctoral Fellow at Emory University in the Fellowships to Research and Science Teaching program (FIRST).

Visiting Assistant Professor at Morehouse College in Department of Biology

See Dr. Wilson’s LinkedIn Profile for more information.

Education and Education Research Publications

Wilson KJ. (2011) Super Bug: Antibiotics & Evolution. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.

Bench Research Publications

Wilson KJ, Qadota H, Mains P, Benian GM. (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.

Wilson KJ, Mill CP, Lambert S, Buchman J, Wilson TJ, Hernandez-Gordillo V, Gallo R, Ades L, Settleman J, Riese DJ II. (2012) EGFR ligands exhibit functional differences in models of paracrine and autocrine signaling. Growth Factors. 30: 107-116.

Wilson KJ, Mill CP, Lambert S, Cameron EM, VanBrocklin H, Settleman J, Riese DJ II. (2012) The Q43L mutant of neuregulin 2beta is a pan-ErbB antagonist. Biochem J. 443: 133-144.

Wilson KJ, Qadota H, Benian GM. (2012) Immunofluorscent localization of proteins in C. elegans muscle. Methods Mol Biol. 789: 171-181.

Wilson KJ, Gilmore JL, Lemmon MA, Foley J, Riese DJ II. (2009) EGF family hormones stimulate distinct biological responses: implications for tumorigenesis and metastasis. Pharmacol Ther 122: 1-8.

Willmarth NE, Baillo A, Dziubinski M, Wilson K, Riese DJ II, Ethier SP. (2009) Altered EGFR localization and degradation in human breast cancer cells with an amphiregulin/EGFR autocrine loop. Cell Signal 21: 212-219.

Wilson KJ, Mill CP, Cameron EM, Hobbs SS, Hammer RP, Riese DJ II. (2007) Interconversion of neuregulin2 full and partial agonists for ErbB4. Biochem Biophys Res Comm 364: 351-357.

Ristic Z, Wilson K, Nelsen C, Momcilovic I, Kobayashi S, Meeley R, Muszynski M, Habben J (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.