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About Katherine A. Wilkinson

My lab studies plasticity in the sensory system, particularly of the sensory neurons that innervate skeletal muscle. Muscles have many sensory neurons that constantly monitor muscle stretch, tension, temperature, pH, pain, and more. Improper activation of these sensory neurons can lead to pathologies like chronic pain or impaired balance and movement. To study muscle sensory neurons we use an isolated mouse muscle nerve preparation where we can directly record changes in sensory nerve firing properties in response to disease states, drugs, or a variety of other perturbations.

Positions

2012 - Present Associate Professor, San Jose State University Biological Sciences
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2011 Adjunct Faculty Member, Morehouse College ‐ Department of Biology
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Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2011 - Present Member, Faculty for the Understanding of Neuroscience
2009 - Present Member, Society for Neuroscience
2004 Member, American Physiological Society
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Honors and Awards

  • Highlights in Graduate Student Research, Experimental Biology 2007
  • Highlights in Graduate Student Research, Experimental Biology 2006
  • 2004 Dept. of Neuroscience James E. Bradler, Jr. Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2004 Phi Beta Kappa

Education

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2009 Ph.D., University of California - San Diego ‐ Biomedical Sciences
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2004 B.A., University of Pittsburgh ‐ History
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2004 B.S., University of Pittsburgh ‐ Neuroscience
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Contact Information

katherine.wilkinson@sjsu.edu

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Peer Reviewed Articles (18)

Abstracts (9)