Heather Wilson, DVM, MS, MBA

Heather Wilson, DVM, MS, MBA


ULAM Resident

Job Title

Resident, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM)


Dr. Wilson became interested in laboratory animal medicine while studying physiology and biophysics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC); she was particularly drawn to the nexus it provided between veterinary medicine and clinical research.

After earning her master’s degree at UIC, Dr. Wilson pursued her interest in clinical research at Northwestern University where she managed a clinical dermatology laboratory for several years. While earning her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University, Dr. Wilson further advanced her interest in managerial excellence by concurrently earning a Master of Business Administration.



Dr. Wilson's research interests include laboratory animal medicine management, animal welfare and behavior, and dermatology.  

Professional Background

  • DVM, Colorado State University, 2020
  • MBA, Colorado State University, 2018
  • MS (Physiology and Biophysics), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
  • BS (Animal Science), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
  1. Menichella, D. M., Jayaraj, N. D., Wilson, H. M., Ren, D., Flood, K., Wang, X.Q., Shum, A., Miller, Richard and Paller, A. S. Ganglioside GM3 synthase depletion reverses neuropathic pain and small fiber neuropathy in diet-induced diabetic mice. Molecular Pain, September 2016 12: 1-10.
  2. Wang XQ, Lee S, Wilson HM, Seeger M, Iordanov H, Gatla N, Whittington A, Bach D, Lu JY, and Paller AS. Ganglioside GM3 depletion reverses impaired wound healing in diabetic mice by activating insulin/IGF-1 signaling. J Invet Dermatology, May 2014 134(5):1446-1455.
  3. Le J, Wilson HM, Shehu A, Mao J, Halperin J, Devi YS, Aguilar T, Seibold A, Maizels E and G Gibori. Generation of mice expressing only the long form of the prolactin receptor reveals that both isoforms are required for normal ovarian function. Bio Reprod March 2012 86 (3) 86, 1-13.
  4. Le J, Wilson HM, Shehu A, Devi YS, Aguliar T and G Gibori Prolactin activation of the long form of its cognate receptor causes increased visceral fat and obesity in male as shown in transgenic mice expressing only this receptor subtype. Horm Metab Res. December 2011 43(13): 931-7