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Current MD-PhD Student - Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson

Name: Kyle Wilson

Year in Program: GY2

Undergrad University: Southern Nazarene University

Mentor: Robin Stephens, PhD

Graduate Program: Microbiology and Immunology


    Research Interests

  • Microbiology, molecular biology, cell signaling, immunology and CD4+ T cell memory.

    Honors & Awards

  • President's Scholarship, Southern Nazarene University (2007-2011)
  • Freshman Chemistry Student of the Year, Southern Nazarene University (2008)
  • University Marshal, Southern Nazarene University (2009-2010)
  • 2nd Place at 2010 South-Central Regional BBB Conference (Poster), Southern Nazarene University (2010)
  • Gene Coburn Memorial Scholarship, Southern Nazarene University (2010)


  • Hanke van der Wel, Jennifer M. Johnson, Yuechi Xu, Chamini V. Karunaratne, Kyle D. Wilson, Yusuf Vohra, Geert-Jan Boons, Carol M. Taylor, Brad Bendiak, Christopher M. West. (2011) Requirements for Skp1 Processing by Cytosolic Prolyl 4(trans)-Hydroxylase and ∝-N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferase Enzymes Involved in O2 Signaling in Dictyostelium. Biochemistry. 50, 1700-1713.


  • Wilson, K.D. (2009), Site-directed Mutagenesis of Cysteines in Skp1 to Elucidate its Role in Prolyl 4-Hydroxylase-Dependent O2-Signaling in Dictyostelium. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Presented at OUHSC, SNU Research Symposium and 2010 BBB Regional Conference.
  • Wilson, K.D. (2010), Neodymium Conjugation of HLA B*0702 for Use in Serum Antibody Identification and Quantitation. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Presented at OUHSC and 2011 BBB Regional Conference.

    Hobbies or just something about yourself in general:

  • I love outdoor activities, especially camping, hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing in the winter. I am also an avid runner and swimmer.

Career Development

The career development of an MD-PhD student is critically important and extends out well past the date of graduation with the dual degrees. The UTMB MD-PhD Program carefully guides and nurtures students throughout the Program. Early in the Program, critical issues are mentor selection and choice of a graduate program. MD-PhD students meet regularly with a faculty advisor, a student "big sibling" and members of the advisory committee. Opportunities to be exposed to research opportunities are provided through Program activities as well as the scientific activities on campus. Most students do their initial laboratory rotation during the summer before starting medical school. Additional laboratory rotations can be completed during the summer before the first and second years of medical school and after the second year of medical school. Once students are established in their labs, they are guided through their research by a mentor and dissertation committee.

For MD-PhD students, selection of the dissertation committee is essential and our Program requires students to include a member who is an MD scientist who can provide guidance on career progress and residency selections. As thesis defense approaches, students design their optimal clinical experiences with members of the MD-PhD committee to maximize chances to obtain the types of residency training that will be most compatible with further development as a physician scientist. The Program runs career guidance seminars to alert students to many of the important issues, pitfalls and milestones that they will need to navigate in the future. These include the pros and cons of short-track residencies, the need for additional postdoctoral training, and how to select and negotiate a first faculty appointment. The UTMB MD-PhD graduate is thus well positioned to make the most out of the advantages that MD-PhD careers offer.