Katherine Wilson, Ph.D. Director
Katherine Wilson is the founding director of the CSM SIP program for undergraduates from low-income backgrounds who are at a critical phase of their educational training. Professor Wilson has personally mentored >45 trainees (high school and college students, PhD students, postdocs) as well as visiting scholars from Puerto Rico, Israel and Brazil. America’s innovative biomedical research enterprise depends on our full talent pool including socio-economically disadvantaged students. She nurtured this pipeline for 14 years as Director of the Johns Hopkins Basic Science Institute’s Summer Internship Program (SIP) for undergraduates from underrepresented minority, first-generation college or low-income backgrounds. Since 2015, she also directs the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s NIH-funded PREP (Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program), which provides 1-2 years of fulltime research experience and custom mentoring to underrepresented minority students towards PhD and MD/PhD careers. These roles provide an outstanding foundation for leading our CSM-SIP program, which is successfully mentoring low-income undergraduates from colleges in Maryland and nationwide towards careers in medicine and allied healthcare careers. Professor Wilson’s mentoring also benefits from her experience as a discovery-based researcher studying the cell nucleus, gaining basic knowledge essential to understanding how mutations in nuclear structural proteins cause heart disease, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, metabolic syndrome or accelerated aging.