James M. Wilson, '77
Professional Association: Director of the Gene Therapy Program, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Education: Albion College, 1977. M.D and Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1984.
Following a residency in Internal Medicine at the Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, he returned to the University of Michigan where he took his first faculty position beginning his studies in gene therapy.
Dr. James M. Wilson is the Professor and Director of the Gene Therapy Program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Nineteen years ago, he moved his laboratory and family to Philadelphia and joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are gene therapy, genetic diseases, virology and vaccines for infectious diseases. A primary focus of his research has been the study of cystic fibrosis and development of new treatments based on gene therapy. Dr. Wilson has published over 497 papers and chapters in books and is on the editorial board of 12 scientific journals, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Human Gene Therapy. He is the former president of the American Society of Gene Therapy and former trustee of Albion College and the Franklin Institute. Dr. Wilson is a scientific founder of REGENX BioSciences and is a consultant to REGENX Holdings, a founding member of REGENX BioSciences.
Office of the President
Welcome to Albion!
Albion College was founded on the frontier of Michigan Territory nearly 180 years ago with a single primary purpose: to enhance, enrich, and empower its community, benefiting those who made the bold decision to head west and find the best place to build better lives for themselves and their families.
Well into the 21st century, that purpose is just as relevant. We still imagine ourselves as a frontier college. The frontiers are different—driven by intellectual, societal, and technological forces—and our mission is much broader, but our founders' extraordinary efforts serve as a valuable guide. They confronted their challenges, and our community today is doing the same—like many communities across America facing similar challenges.
That means bold decisions must continue to be made, and Albion students, graduates, faculty, and staff together are doing just that. They are thoughtfully addressing the issues and making the decisions that not only are building our local and regional communities, but enriching society nationally and internationally.
In short, Albion College is an exciting place. Our students are learning 24/7—in the classroom and lab, in the professor’s office and on the playing field, and in the dining hall and dorm room. The uniquely American creation that is the residential liberal arts college is seen here every day through the close interactions between students and faculty, and it is reinforced by the discussion, debate, and critical thinking that is required not only to determine the many local, regional, and global challenges we face, but to tackle them—and solve them.
Indeed, the bigger the challenge, the greater the need for the liberal arts approach. The collective impact of Albion’s 23,000 alumni, who have found their vocation across all walks of life, stands as proof of the timeless techniques that have served them and our society well.
Another thing about our graduates: They are unusually fond of their alma mater. Continue to explore Albion College—both online and on campus—and you will begin to see why. Here’s a hint: It starts with community.
Mauri A. Ditzler
Monthly Wellness Observances
Reducing Risk of Breast Cancer
- Healthy weight
- Low fat diet
- Dieticians suggest
- More than 5 cups of fruit and vegetables per day
- Foods high in omega-3s
- Avoid trans fats, red meats, charred and smoked foods
Other low-fat, low-cal, foods to snack on
Bold text denotes foods high in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Kidney beans
- Green beans, peas
- Multi-grain bread
- Chicken breast (baked, broiled)
For more snack ideas, visit self.com's list of Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Foods and Foods highest in Total Omega-3 fatty acids.