Melissa Wilson

Assoc Professor
Sols Administration & Faculty
BDI Associate Faculty
Biodesign ME

Location: TEMPE

Contact Information
(480) 727-6366


  • Ph.D. Integrative Biology - Bioinformatics and Genomics, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.Math. Medical Mathematics, Creighton University

Research Interests

Sex chromosome evolution and sex-biased mutation; Evolution; Comparative Genomics; Bioinformatics; Pregnancy; Spermatogenesis; Oogenesis.


Melissa Wilson is a computational evolutionary biologist whose main research interests include sex-biased biology. She studies the evolution of sex chromosomes (X and Y in mammals), why mutation rates differ between males and females, and how changes in population history affect the sex chromosomes differently than the non-sex chromosomes. Generally she studies mammals, but is also curious about the sex-biased biology of flies, worms and plants.

Professor Wilson is also active in public science engagement and outreach. She routinely teaches in K-12 classrooms, and regularly engages the public in discussions about the difference between sex and gender, the importance (or not) of genetic inheritance, and understanding evolution.

She teaches evolution and computational biology.