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Bill Wood

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Porter room B345A


Ph.D., Stanford, 1963


Research Interests:
Genetic control and molecular biology of embryonic development in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans; biology education.

Research Profile:
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.

Selected Publications

Embryonic development:

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 leftright asymmetry in Caenorhabditis elegans embryos.
Schonegg, S, Hyman, AA, Wood, WB genesis (Early view, March 2014 DOI: 10.1002/dvg.22749)

Biology Education:

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

Complete publications

Curriculum Vitae

Available here.