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James Wilson
James Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology


  • Ph.D., Developmental Biology, University of Cincinnati, 1976 
  • Post-Doctoral, Glycoprotein Biochemistry, University of Toronto, 1978
  • M.S., Zoology and Embryology, Miami University, 1972
  • B.A., Biology, Andrews University, 1969

Principal Research Interests

Dr. Wilson investigates ways to control the spread of cancer throughout the body (metastasis). If adhesion of cancer cells to extracellular matrix proteins (e.g. the outer covering of blood vessels, etc.) could be reduced, it may be possible to control cancer cell metastasis. His research indicates that carbohydrates are involved in the adhesion process of brain astrocytoma because they can modify adhesion to matrix proteins. Greater knowledge of the adhesion process could improve cancer treatment and give a better understanding of adhesion in normal cells and tissues.

Phone: 951-785-2105
Building: Price Science Complex, Rm. 208


  • National Science Foundation, ARI award to Biology Department, La Sierra University, 1994
  • Biology Teacher of the Year, La Sierra University, 1996
  • Biology Teacher of the Year, La Sierra University, 2000
  • G. T. Anderson Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, La Sierra University, 2002
  • Biology Teacher of the Year, La Sierra University, 2007


  1. Wilson, JR, and AL Allenspach. 1974. The role of acid phosphatase and beta-glucuronidase in reopening and remodeling of the developing chick esophagus. Develop Biology 41:288-300.
  2. Madappally MM, JR Wilson and EF Zimmerman. 1976. Sialyltransferase in fetal tissues: Incorporation of sialic acid into endogenous and exogenous glycoprotein acceptors. Arch Biochem Biophys 173:1-10.
  3. Wilson JR and EF Zimmerman. 1976. Yolk sac: Site of developmental microheterogeneity of mouse alpha-fetoprotein. Develop Biol 54:187-200l.
  4. Zimmerman EF, D Bowen, JR Wilson and MM Madappally. 1976. Developmental microheterogeneity of mouse alpha-fetoproteins: Purification and partial characterization. Biochemistry 15:5534-5543.

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