- B.S. in Biochemistry, Oakland University, 1995
- Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University, 2002
Prior to joining the faculty at Calvin, Dr. Wilstermann taught at a Christian university in Nashville, TN where she also served as the coordinator of the science and mathematics department. She joined the faculty of Calvin in 2007 and currently teaches Cell Biology and Genetics, Cell Physiology, General Biology and Human Biology.
Dr. Wilstermann is associate director of the Calvin Honors Program. She is also the advisor for Calvin's Pre-Occupational Health program and Pre-Physician Assistant program.
Dr. Wilstermann enjoys doing research at Calvin because it provides her with the opportunity to work closely with very talented and curious students. Her students often ask wonderful, thought-provoking questions that prompt the exploration of new research avenues.
Outside of Calvin, Amy enjoys spending time with family. They can often be found outdoors - at a local park or at the beach. She also enjoys baking, ice skating, reading, and spending time with extended family and friends.
Research and Professional Interests
- DNA topoisomerases
- Interactions between chemotherapeutic agents and their cellular targets
- DNA-enzyme interactions
- Active-learning pedagogies
- BIOL-123 - Living Systems
- BIOL-141 - Cell Biology and Genetics for Health Sci
- BIOL-141L - Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
- BIOL-161L - Cellular & Genetic Systems Lab
- BIOL-207L - Medical Microbiology Lab
- BIOL-321 - Genetics and Development
- BIOL-321L - Genetics and Development Lab
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Research and scholarship
- Wilstermann, A.M., Bender, Godfrey,R., Choi, S., Anklin, C., M., Berkowitz, D. B., Osheroff, N., and Graves, D. E. (2007) Topoisomerase II-Drug Interaction Domains: Identification of Substituents on Etoposide that Interact with the Enzyme. Biochemistry 46, 8217-8225.
- Wilstermann, A.M., Osheroff, N. (2003) Stabilization of Eukaryotic Topoisomerase II-DNA Cleavage Complexes. Curr. Top. Med. Chem. 3, 321-328.
- Wilstermann, A.M., Osheroff, N. (2001) Positioning the 3’-DNA Terminus for Topoisomerase II-mediated Religation. J. Biol. Chem. 276, 17727-17731.
- Wilstermann, A.M., Osheroff, N. (2001) Base Excision Repair Intermediates as Topoisomerase II Poisons. J. Biol. Chem. 276, 46290-46296.
In the news
Partnering to create cancer education curriculum for kids
Biology professor Amy Wilstermann, her students and local health professionals have teamed up to develop a curriculum that helps explain cancer to kids.
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