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Theresa Wasylenko, Ph.D.

Theresa Wasylenko


B.S. University of Michigan; Cellular and Molecular Biology
Ph.D. MIT; Human Genetics

Select Courses Taught

Principles of Modern Biology


Understanding the molecular pathogenesis of genetic disorders.


Dr. Theresa Wasylenko joins Olin College from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she completed post-doctoral and graduate studies on neurodegenerative disorders by applying high-throughput sequencing technologies. She has enjoyed working in education outreach through MITx and MIT Blossoms, and is excited to contribute to the Olin vision of innovative education. She will teach a section of Principles of Modern Biology. Her overall objective is to design an active learning environment that will help each student understand experimental methods, develop critical analysis of scientific literature, and enhance scientific communication skills.

Select Publications

Gipson, T. A., Neueder, A., Wexler, N. S., Bates, G. P., Housman, D. (2013). Aberrantly spliced HTT, a new player in Huntington’s disease pathogenesis. RNA Biology, vol. 10, issue 11. *published under maiden name Gipson
Vashishtha, M., NG, C. W., Yildrim, F., Gipson, T. A., Kratter, I. H., et al. (2013). Targeting H3K4 trimethylation in Huntington’s disease. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 110, issue 32, pp. E3027-E3036.
Sathasivam, K., Neueder, A., Gipson, T. A., Landles, C., et al. (2013). Aberrant splicing of HTT generates the pathogenic exon 1 protein in Huntington’s disease. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 110, issue 6, pp. 2366-2379.