Thomas Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology and Human Genetics


Dr. Wilson received his MD PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in 1994, where he studied mechanisms of DNA binding by transcription factors with Dr. Jeffrey Milbrandt. He continued at Washington University to complete residency training in Clinical Pathology, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in DNA repair with Dr. Michael Lieber. Dr. Wilson joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1999 and now holds the rank of Professor. Dr. Wilson pursues basic research into molecular mechanisms of DNA repair and associated mutagenesis in the germline and cancer genomes. He is also Associate Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, which focuses on detection of clinically significant genetic alterations in cancer, and has extensive educational involvement in teaching molecular genetics to research and clinical trainees.

Research Interests

Mechanisms of DNA double-strand break repair and resistance to replication stress and their impact on chromosome instability in cancer and the germline; bioinformatics; nascent transcript sequencing.