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Dr. Nicolas Wheeler, PhD (he/him/his)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Biology

Teaching Interests
  • Parasitology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell and molecular biology
Research and Creative Activities
  • Investigating the sensory processes and behaviors utilized by parasites to find their obligate hosts
  • Developing technology and software to analyze parasite behaviors
  • Wildlife parasitology (collaboration with Dr. Jennifer E. Smith)
  • Swimmer's itch surveillance and control
  • Ph.D., Genetics & Genomics, Iowa State University
  • B.S., Oxbridge Honors Molecular Biology, William Jewell College
Published Research

UWEC Publications

‡ Corresponding author(s) † Co-senior authors § Equal contribution 

5. LR Nunn, TD Juang, DJ Beebe, NJ Wheeler‡†, M Zamanian†. A high-throughput sensory assay for parasitic and free-living nematodes.
Integrative Biology 2023.

4. EG Rehborg§, NJ Wheeler§, M Zamanian‡. Mapping resistance-associated anthelmintic interactions in the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.
bioRxiv (In revisions at PLOS NTD) 2023.

3. NJ Wheeler, KT Ryan, KJ Gallo, CR Henthorn, SS Erickson, JD Chan, M Zamanian‡. Multivariate chemogenomic screening prioritizes new macrofilaricidal leads.
Communications Biology 2023.

2. KT Ryan, NJ Wheeler, IK Kamara, H Johnson, JE Humphries, M Zamanian, JD Chan‡. Phenotypic profiling of macrocyclic lactones on parasitic Schistosoma flatworms.
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 2023.

1. IK Kamara, JT Thao, K Kaur, NJ Wheeler, JD Chan‡. Annotation of g-protein coupled receptors in the genomes of parasitic blood flukes.
microPublication Biology 2023.

Honors and Recognitions

UWEC ORSP Celebration of Scholarship nominee

Professional Memberships

American Society of Parasitologists

Previous Professional Experience

NIH NIAID NRSA post-doctoral fellowship - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Merck KGaA Global Health post-doctoral fellowship - University of Wisconsin-Madison