William B. (Bill) Wood
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Phone: (303) 492-6680
Ph.D., Stanford, 1963
Genetic control and molecular biology of embryonic development in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans; biology education.
We study the mechanisms by which cell fates and patterns are determined during embryonic development of the nematode C. elegans, using techniques of genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology. We also study pedagogical innovations for increasing student understanding of biology in large undergraduate classes through active and collaborative learning.
Embryonic handedness choice in C. elegans involves the G-alpha protein GPA-16.
Bergmann, DC, Lee, M, Robertson, B, Tsou, MB, Rose, LS, Wood, WB Development, 130(23):5731-40. 2003
The left-right polarity puzzle: determining embryonic handedness.
Wood, WB PLoS Biol, 3(8):e292. 2005
Timing and mechanism of the initial cue establishing handed left–right asymmetry in Caenorhabditis elegans embryos.
Schonegg, S, Hyman, AA, Wood, WB genesis (Early view, March 2014 DOI: 10.1002/dvg.22749)
Teaching more by lecturing less.
Knight, JK, Wood, WB Cell Biol. Educ. 4:298-310. 2005
Why peer discussion improves student performance on in-class concept questions.
Smith, MK, Wood, WB, Adams, WK, Wieman, C, Knight, JK, Guild, N, Su, TT Science 323:122-124. 2009
Innovations in teaching undergraduate biology and why we need them.
Wood, WB Ann. Rev. Cell & Devel. Biol., 25:93-112. 2009
Combining peer discussion with instructor explanation increases student learning from in-class concept questions.
Smith, MK, Wood, WB, Krauter, K, Knight, JK. CBE-Life Sci. Educ. 10:55-63. 2011