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Cathy Wilcox

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Department of Medical Education
North Campus

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St.
Office 2006
Scranton, PA 18509

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology


Cathy Buddenhagen Wilcox, MA, MS, PhD, is a science educator with teaching experience at the high school, graduate and postgraduate levels. Her current position, as small group facilitator in case-based learning and patient-centered medicine, makes use of her training in the basic sciences, communication and active listening. In the past, Dr. Wilcox has contributed to scientific research in several areas, with a focus on transcription regulation.

In addition to her work at the School of Medicine, she is very involved in community outreach through the United Methodist Church and is a candidate for deacon.

Recent publications

  • Wilcox CB, Feddes GO, Willett-Brozick JE, Hsu LC, DeLoia JA, Baysal BE. Coordinate up-regulation of TMEM97 and cholesterol biosynthesis genes in normal ovarian surface epithelial cells treated with progesterone: implications for pathogenesis of ovarian cancer. BMC Cancer. 2007 Dec 11;7:223.
  • Wilcox CB, Baysal BE, Gallion HH, Strange MA, DeLoia JA. High-resolution methylation analysis of the BRCA1 promoter in ovarian tumors. Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2005 Jun;159(2):114-22.
  • Wilcox CB, Rossettini A, Hanes SD. Genetic interactions with C-terminal domain (CTD) kinases and the CTD of RNA Pol II suggest a role for ESS1 in transcription initiation and elongation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Genetics. 2004 May;167(1):93-105.
  • Wu X*, Wilcox CB*, Devasahayam G, Hackett RL, Arevalo-Rodriguez M, Cardenas ME, Heitman J, Hanes SD. The Ess1 prolyl isomerase is linked to chromatin remodeling complexes and the general transcription machinery. EMBO J. 2000 Jul 17;19(14):3727-38. *These authors contributed equally. This paper was selected for "Editor's Choice" section, Science, 289:833.
  • Wilcox CB, Weisberg E, Dumin JA, Wilcox BD, Jeffrey JJ. Serotonin-dependent collagenase transcription in myometrial cells requires extended AP-1 site. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2000 Dec 22;170(1-2):41-56.


BS in Chemistry – St. Lawrence University
MS in Science Education – Syracuse University
MA in Ministry – Drew University Theological Seminary
PhD in Molecular Biology – Albany Medical College