Kelly M. Weixel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology; Director, Neuroscience Program
Phone: 724-503-1001 ext: 6121
Office: D-P 205A
Degrees: Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; B.S. Saint Francis University
Areas of Study
Kelly M. Weixel is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. Her primary teaching responsibilities are Biology 102/102L: General Biology II, Biology 235/235L Animal Physiology, Neuroscience 300/300L Experimental Neuroscience, Biology 412, Experimental Biology: Physiological Regulation of Na+ in Mammalian Kidney, and a soon-to-be developed course for Intersession: Science of Cheese Making.
Dr. Weixel studied biology and literature at Saint Francis College, completing her honor’s thesis at University College Cork, Ireland. She earned her Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where she studied the structure and function of the protein defective in patients with Cystic Fibrosis. Prior to joining the faculty at W&J, Dr. Weixel was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a member of the biology faculty at Chatham University. She has published a number of scientific papers in journals such as the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Experimental Medicine and has presented her work at national and international meetings. Her research interests are in the physiological regulation of sodium transport, which serves to regulate water volume and blood pressure in mammals.
Dr. Weixel is active in her community, serving as a volunteer in science education in her children’s school, youth soccer, and outreach programs for high school students. She especially enjoys the science of cooking and baking and teaches a course on the science of food preservation at the Chautauqua Institute in New York during the summer.