Dr. J. Kenneth Wickiser
Dr. Wickiser is the Director of the Center for Molecular Science, the Deputy Director of Life Science, the Course Director for Genetics and Methods and Applications in Biotechnology, and a Research Associate in the Network Science Center. He also teaches Genetics, Cell Biology, General Chemistry I and II, and the Special Topics course in RNA Forms of Genetic Control. His research interests include studying RNA-based forms of genetic control, biological networks, adaptive coloration of marine animals using hyperspectral imagery, and assessing the biological response to military explosives contamination using model organisms such as bacteria and fungus. The research involves behavioral and molecular analysis (RNA, protein, and metabolites) to shed light on complex networks of biological systems. His work involves collaborations with Yale University, the Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland-College Park, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Army Research Laboratory and is generously supported by the Network Science Center, the Army Research Office, the Army Research Laboratory, and DARPA.
- Ph.D. Yale University, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemnistry 2005
- M.S. University of Alabama, Mechanical Engineering 2001
- B.S. US Military Academy, Engineering Physics and Nuclear Engineering Studies
- Fixed Wing Multi Engine Qualification Course
- Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course
- Aviation Officer Basic Course
- "Hyperspectral imaging of cuttlefish camouflage indicates good color match in the eyes of fish predators," Chiao CC; Wickiser JK; Allen JJ; Genter B; Hanlon RT. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 2011, 108(22),9148.
- "Kinetics of riboswitch regulation studied by in vitro transcription," Wickiser JK. Methods Mol Biol. 2009, 540, 53.
- "The kinetics of ligand binding by an adenine-sensing riboswitch." Wickiser JK, Cheah MT, Breaker RR, Crothers DM, Biochemistry. 2005, Oct 11;44(40):13404-14.
- "The speed of RNA transcription and metabolite binding kinetics operate an FMN riboswitch." Wickiser JK, Winkler WC, Breaker RR, Crothers DM., Mol Cell, 2005 Apr 1;18(1):49-60.
- "New RNA motifs suggest an expanded scope for riboswitches in bacterial genetic control."Barrick JE, Corbino KA, Winkler WC, Nahvi A, Mandal M, Collins J, Lee M, Roth A, Sudarsan N, Jona I, Wickiser JK, Breaker RR, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2004 Apr 27;101(17):6421-6. Epub 2004 Apr 19.
- "An mRNA structure in bacteria that controls gene expression by binding lysine." Sudarsan N, Wickiser JK, Nakamura S, Ebert MS, Breaker RR, Genes Dev, 2003 Nov 1;17(21):2688-97.