Dr. Katherine Walstrom

Professor of Biochemistry


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Heiser 220


Heiser E172C


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Ph.D., Cornell University
B.S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Professor Walstrom teaches biochemistry and chemistry courses, laboratories, and tutorials. Her interdisciplinary research group studies gene regulation and metabolic enzymes in the model organism C. elegans, a small nematode. Students in her laboratory utilize techniques such as PCR, RT-PCR, microscopy, cloning, protein purification, enzyme assays, and protein structure modeling. In 2006, Dr. Walstrom and two other Natural Sciences professors received a grant to further their research into animal and plant development and gene expression. Through the grant, New College became one of only a small number of undergraduate institutions to have a real-time PCR instrument to measure DNA and RNA levels in tissue samples taken from organisms.

Recent Courses

Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Biochemistry Lab
Exploring Science

Selected Publications

Thomas, M.J., Cassidy, E., Robinson, D., and Walstrom, K.M. Kinetic characterization and thermostability of C. elegans cytoplasmic and mitochondrial malate dehydrogenases. BBA: Proteins and Proteomics 1870 (2022): 140722.

Loges, L. and Walstrom, K. M. Modeling human glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase mutations using C. elegans GSPD-1. microPublication Biology (2021) 10.17912/micropub.biology.000451.

Morgan, S., Thomas, M. J., Walstrom, K.M., Warrick, E.C., Gasper, B.J. Characterization of prodiginine compounds produced by a Vibrio species isolated from mangrove sediment along the Florida Gulf Coast. Fine Focus 3, no. 1 (2017): 34-51.