Thomas D. Wolkow

Thomas Dwight Wolkow
Associate Professor
Office:  Osborne Center B403
Phone:  (719) 255-3663


Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
PhD, Molecular Genetics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Biology BA, Mathematics Minor, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Research Interests:

Tom Wolkow is an Associate Professor of Biology at UCCS with research experience in different areas of mycology. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Lafayette College (Easton, PA) where he worked in the lab of Dr. Shyamal Majumdar using electron microscopy to catalog the fungal diversity of local rivers and streams. In graduate school at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), he joined Dr. John Hamer's lab to study the molecular mechanisms of cellular development using the filamentous fungus, Aspergillus nidulans. After finishing his PhD in 1998, he joined Dr. Tamar Enoch's lab at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA) to study genomic stability pathways using the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. He is currently using fission yeast to study how eukaryotic cells detect and respond to different environmental stresses.

Selected Publications:

  1. spindle-pole-body separation following interphase microtubule damage," Journal of Cell Science, 123(Pt 9):1537-45.
  2. Baschal, E., Chen, J., Elliott, L., Herring, M., Verde, S. and T. Wolkow (2006). The fission yeast DNA structure checkpoint protein Rad26 accumulates in the cytoplasm following microtubule destabilization. BMC Cell Biology. 7:32
  3. Wolkow, T. and T. Enoch (2003). Fission yeast Rad26 responds to DNA damage independently of Rad3. BMC Genetics. 4:6
  4. Wolkow, T. and T. Enoch (2002). Rad26 is a regulatory subunit of the Rad3 checkpoint kinase in fission yeast. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 13: 480-492
  5. Wolkow, T., Mirabito, P.M., Venkatram, S. and J.E. Hamer (2000). Hypomorphic bimAAPC3 alleles cause errors in chromosome metabolism that activate the DNA damage checkpoint blocking cytokinesis in Aspergillus nidulans. Genetics 154:167-179
Wolkow's publications through PubMed

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 3020 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 3610 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 4010 Senior Seminar
  • BIOL 4670/5670 Applied Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 9560-901 Independent Study in Cell Biology
  • BIOL/CHEM 4980 Research Methods

Student Research Projects

  • Undergraduate:  none
  • Graduate:  none

Student research opportunities

Past students have joined Biology-related graduate programs of the University of Colorado at Denver, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Baylor University, University of California at Irvine, and the Colorado School of Mines among others.

Prerequisites for student research projects:

  1. BIOL 3020 (Cell Biology)