Brenda Anne Wilson, Ph.D.
Dr. Wilson is a Professor of Microbiology and Associate Director of Undergraduate Education in the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a joint appointment in Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA. She is also an Inaugural Professor in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Wilson earned her B.A. degree in Biochemistry and German from Barnard College, Columbia University, in New York, and her M.S.-Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied β-lactam antibiotics. Dr. Wilson began her studies on bacterial protein toxins as a microbiology postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. Her first tenured faculty appointment was in Biochemistry at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. In 1999, she joined the Department of Microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on host-microbe interactions: studying the structure and function and molecular evolution of bacterial protein toxins, their molecular interactions with and biochemical effects on eukaryotic host target cells; developing novel post-exposure antitoxin therapeutics and toxin-based therapeutic delivery platforms; and exploiting comparative and functional genomic technologies to study extensively drug resistant bacteria and microbiomes in health and disease.