Wilbur W. Wilson
B.S. Northeast Louisiana State College, 1969
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, 1973
W. William Wilson graduated from Northeast Louisiana State College in Monroe, La with a B.S. in chemistry in May, 1969. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, OK in July, 1969, married to Pamela Wright in August, 1969 and began graduate school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in September, 1969. He received a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from UNC in December, 1973. He was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD as Captain in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps through July, 1974 and joined the Mississippi State University faculty as an assistant professor of physical chemistry in August, 1974. Dr. Wilson served in his role as teacher and researcher at MSU and was interim department head during 2000/2001. The MSU Alumni Association recognized Dr. Wilson with the 1996 Faculty Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievements and continuing contributions in teaching, research, publications and professional activities. In 2000, he was recognized as a W. L. Giles Distinguished Professor, one of MSU’s highest faculty awards. After 34 years of service at MSU, he retired as Giles Professor Emeritus in 2008.
Dr. Wilson is currently continuing research collaboration at the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering (CBSE) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL. The research targets the growing of protein crystals on the International Space Station, and the CBSE has recently (2012) been awarded a multi-year grant from NASA to conduct this research. He is also co-founder of Soluble Therapeutics, Inc., a biotech company in Birmingham that specializes in helping pharmaceutical companies discovers formulations (solution conditions) that stabilize and increase the solubility of their protein therapeutics. The company is based on technology licensed from MSU via a U.S. patent issued to Dr. Wilson in 2005.