Katherine Walstrom

Associate Professor of Biochemistry - Biochemistry - Chemistry - Natural Sciences

Katherine Walstrom
  • Phone: (941) 487-4493
  • Email: walstrom@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: PMD 210
  • Mail Location: Heiser E172C

Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Chair, Division of Natural Sciences

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

Professor Walstrom teaches biochemistry and molecular biology courses, laboratories, and tutorials. Her interdisciplinary research group studies RNA helicases and gene regulation in the model organism C. elegans, a small nematode. Students in her laboratory utilize techniques such as PCR, RT-PCR, microscopy, cloning, protein purification, and enzyme assays. 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: Protein Structure and Function
Biochemistry II: Metabolism & Advanced Topics

Selected Publications
Bondi, S. K., Medlin, S. E., & Walstrom, K. M. (2002). Kinetic characterization of Malate Dehydrogenase from C-elegans. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 223, U212 348 Part 1.

Dayton, T. L., Walstrom, K. M., & Johal, M. S. (2005). Using polyelectrolyte films to study M15 and Alpha-protein interactions. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 229, U708. 381 Part 1.

Walstrom, K. M., Bauer, C., & Schmidt, D. (2005). Transcription regulation of endogenous genes by C-elegans RNA Helicase A. Developmental Biology, 283(2), 646-646.

Walstrom, K. M., Schmidt, D., Bean, C. J., & Kelly, W. G. (2005 May). RNA Helicase A is important for germ line transcriptional control, proliferation, and Meiosis in C. Elegans. Mechanisms of Development, 122(5), 707-720.