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Bryan Wilson, PhD, MBA

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SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellow
McAllister Heart Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Ph.D., Molecular Medicine and Translational Science Graduate Program, May 2016
Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

MBA, Wake Forest University School of Business, April 2015

BS in Biological Sciences, minor in Nutritional Sciences, 2008 – Louisiana State University

Advisor: Mark Chappell, PhD; Surgical Sciences- Hypertension Center

Research Interests: 
My research focuses on the intracellular mechanisms of action of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) on blood pressure regulation and renal injury. More specifically, my project is centered on the dysregulation of the intracellular RAS in the production of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in the development of renal oxidative stress.

Aside from my laboratories studies, I supplement my passion for science by writing articles on the history and importance of the work of early scientists, focusing on the contributions of African Americans.

I am also interested in science educational outreach and building connections between scientists and their local schools. Such efforts may serve to increase student interest in and understanding of science in their lives, while introducing students to science as a possible career. 

Honors and Awards:

Dr. Mark Chappell, Professor of Hypertension and Vascular Research, and co-authors Drs. Bryan Wilson, Manisha Nautiyal, TanYa Gwathmey and James Rose were awarded the 2016 Paper of the Year by the American Physiological Society for their paper entitled “Evidence for a Mitochondrial Angiotensin-(1-7) System in the Kidney” that constitutes the majority of Dr. Wilson’s thesis research.  The study demonstrates that the expression of an Angiotensin-(1-7) system, a key peptidergic pathway of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) that exhibits beneficial cardiovascular actions, localized to the renal mitochondria; this highly specialized organelle is increasingly recognized to play an important role in various pathologies including ageing, cardiovascular disease and diabetic nephropathy.  

Wilson BA, Nautiyal M, Gwathmey T, Rose JC, Chappell MC.  Evidence for a mitochondrial Angiotensin-(1-7) system in the kidney.  Am J Physiol 308:F107-F115, 2016.

Bryan Wilson’s latest publication titled, “Evidence for a Mitochondrial Angiotensin-(1-7) System in the Kidney” was selected to be a part of the February 2016 APSselect featured articles and was acknowledged with a certificate for distinction in scholarship in the American Journal of Physiological-Renal Physiology. APSselect is a collection of the very best original research papers published by the American Physiological Society. Each month, the most outstanding recently published papers from our ten research journals are selected and made available through this multi-journal website.

Bryan Wilson -Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce- nominated and selected as one of the under 40 leadership award for Top 20 young professionals in the community in 2015. 

Received an American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate 2015 Predoctoral Fellowship, July 2015. Presently supported by T32 Integrative Sciences, Inflammation and Chronic Diseases Training program until June 2015.
Received a $500 MMTS travel award to participate as a panel speaker at the Minority Student Luncheon, which is part of the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting and expo, June 2014, Chicago, IL.

In recognition of his effor to provide media coverage of the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) 2014 annual meeting through his blog, and as the first official recipient, ASIP awarded Bryan with a stipend certificate, free registration, and 2014 membership.

Selected as oral presenter for session of "Data Diuresis" at the annual Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA, April 2014.  Also invited to write a mini review of the topic of his presentation.

Travel award (travel and accomodations paid) from the Endocrine Society to attend Future Leaders of Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) workshop in New Orleans, Feb 2014.

1st place at the 2nd Annual Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Bowl at Wake Forest Biotech Place, March 2013

3rd place at the 2012 Charlotte Life Sciences Conference, Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition

FASEB travel award to attend ENDO 2013 meeting

Official blogger for the American Society for Investigative Pathology - Experiemental Biology Meeting, 2013

FASEB Stand Up for Science Competition - recognition of Community Hunger Campaign donation towards service efforts

Executive co-chair of Wake Forest Graduate Student Association

Editor, Wake Forest University graduate newsletter

Intersociety Council for Pathology Information, Inc. travel award to attend 2013 Experimental Biology Conference

Bryan Wilson was elected Vice President of the Black Graduate Students Association of Wake Forest University

Selected as a student chair for the “Dietary Bioactive Components” Symposium at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting in San Diego, California

Won 1st place in the oral presentation competition at the Georgia Institute of Technology Graduate Technical Symposium

Awarded a FASEB travel award to attend the 2012 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, California

Selected as an official meeting blogger and press representative for the 2012 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, California


Wilson BA, Cruz-Diaz N, Marshall AC, Pirro NT, Su Y, Gwathmey TM, Rose JC, Chappell MC. An angiotensin-(1-7) peptidase in the kidney cortex, proximal tubules, and human HK-2 epithelial cells that is distinct from insulin-degrading enzyme. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2015 Mar 15;308(6):F594-601. doi: 10.1152/ajprenal.00609.2014. Epub 2015 Jan 7. PMID: 25568136

Bryan A. Wilson, Nildris Cruz-Diaz, Allyson C. Marshall , Nancy T. Pirro, Yixin Su, TanYa M. Gwathmey, James C. Rose , and Mark C. Chappell.  An Angiotensin-(1-7) Endopeptidase in the Kidney Cortex, Proximal Tubules and Human HK-2 Epithelial Cells that is Distinct from Insulin Degrading Enzyme.  Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2015 Mar 15;308(6):F594-601

Williams, Katelyn, Wilson, Bryan A., O'Connor, Wendi G., Monte S. Willis "Ernest Everett Just, PhD: Pioneer in Ecological Developmental (Eco-Devo) Biology. Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science, 2013.

Wilson, Bryan A., "Video Education America (VEA). Nutrition and Hydration in Sports (Review)."

Wilson, Bryan A. "Essential Fatty Acids (Book Chapter)." Encyclopedia of Food Safety, Elsevier, 2013.

 Published in the American Red Cross Journal of Immunohematology: Bryan Wilson Article Published

Wilson, Bryan A. "Kitcher, Philip. Science in a Democratic Society (Book Review)." Science, Books and Film 48.1 (2012): 19.

Wilson, Bryan A., O’Connor, Wendi G., Monte S. Willis. “The Legacy of Charles R. Drew MD, CM, MDSci.” Immunohematology 27 (3) 2011.

Wilson, Bryan A., Monte S. Willis, and Jonathan C. Schisler. "Sir Hans Adolf Krebs: Architect of Metabolic Cycles." Lab Medicine 41 (2010): 377-80. Print.

Wilson, Bryan A. and  Monte S. Willis. “Percy Lavon Julian: Pioneer of Medicinal Chemistry Synthesis.” Lab Medicine 41 (2010): 688-692. Print.


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