Research spotlight: Wayne Wilson
July 1, 2008 — Seth Stevenson
Wayne Wilson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the biochemistry & nutrition department specializing in metabolic regulation. When Wilson was 5 years old, he was given a toy microscope to play with and ever since he can remember, he has always dreamed of becoming a scientist. In June 2008, Dr. Wilson was awarded $150,000 to use over a 3-year period with an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grant for his project entitled, “Novel mechanisms that regulate glycogen storage in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Facts about Dr. Wilson:
- Hometown: Cupar, a small town on the Northeast coast of Scotland
- Education: Received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry from the University of Dundee, Scotland.
- Hobbies: Finding new restaurants, trying new foods, cookingâ€¦Pretty much anything food-related.
- Dr. Wilson’s favorite thing to eat: His mother-in-lawâ€™s shio saba (partially dried, salted mackerel)
Current research projects:
- 1. Identifying processes that control glycogen storage and the use.
- 2. Collaborating with Dr. Andy Brittingham and researching the relationship of glycogen levels to growth of the sexually transmitted pathogen Trichomonas Vaginalis.