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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Michael Wilson, PhD

Research Institute
Senior Scientist
Genetics & Genome Biology

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Molecular Genetics

Chair Positions
Canada Research Chair
Comparative Genomics

Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 328699 or ext. 306929 (Lab)
Fax: 416-813-4931
Email: michael.wilson@sickkids.ca

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Research Interests

  • Comparative genome biology
  • Functional genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Developmental biology

Research Activities

  • Characterizing the role that regulatory DNA sequence plays in childhood diseases
  • Understanding tissue specific gene regulation during childhood development
  • Uncovering mechanisms that control cardiovascular disease genes
  • Dissecting human and vertebrate genome innovations  involved in chemotherapeutic responses


Schmidt D*, Schwalie PC*, Wilson MD, Ballester B, Gonçalves A, Kutter C, Brown GD, Marshall A, Flicek P, Odom DT. Waves of Retrotransposon Expansion Remodel Genome Organization and CTCF Binding in Multiple Mammalian Lineages. Cell. 2012 Jan 20;148(1-2):335-48. Epub 2012 Jan 12.
*co-first authors

Laudadio I, Manfroid I, Achouri Y, Schmidt D, Wilson MD, Cordi S, Thorrez L, Knoops L, Jacquemin P, Schuit F, Pierreux CE, Odom DT, Peers B, Lemaigre FPA Feedback Loop Between The Liver-Enriched Transcription Factor Network and Mir-122 Controls Hepatocyte Differentiation. Gastroenterology. 2011 Sep 12.

Kutter C*, Brown GD*, Gonçalves A, Wilson MD, Watt S, Brazma A, White RJ, Odom DT.Pol III binding in six mammals shows conservation among amino acid isotypes despite divergence among tRNA genes. Nat Genet. 2011 Aug 28;43(10):948-55.
*co-first authors

Tardif S*, Wilson MD*, Wagner R, Hunt P, Gertsenstein M, Nagy A, Lobe C, Koop BF, Hardy DM: Zonadhesin is essential for species specificity of sperm adhesion to the egg zona pellucida. J Biol Chem 2010, 285:24863-24870.
*co-first authors

Schmidt D*, Wilson MD*, Ballester B*, Schwalie PC, Brown GD, Marshall A, Kutter C, Watt S, Martinez-Jimenez CP, Mackay S, Talianidis I, Flicek P, Odom DT: Five-vertebrate ChIP-seq reveals the evolutionary dynamics of transcription factor binding. Science 2010, 328:1036-1040.
*co-first authors

Wu S, Wilson MD, Busby ER, Isaac ER, Sherwood NM: Disruption of the Single Copy Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Receptor in Mice by Gene Trap: Severe Reduction of Reproductive Organs and Functions in Developing and Adult Mice. Endocrinology 2010, 151:1142-1152.

Wilson MD, Odom DT: Evolution of transcriptional control in mammals. Curr Opin Genet Dev 2009, 19:579-585.

Schmidt D, Wilson MD, Spyrou C, Brown GD, Hadfield J, Odom DT: ChIP-seq: using high-throughput sequencing to discover protein-DNA interactions. Methods 2009, 48:240-248.

Wilson MD*, Barbosa-Morais NL*, Schmidt D, Conboy CM, Vanes L, Tybulewicz VLJ, Fisher EMC, Tavaré S, Odom DT: Species-specific transcription in mice carrying human chromosome 21. Science 2008, 322:434-438.
*co-first authors

Wilson MD, Wang D, Wagner R, Breyssens H, Gertsenstein M, Lobe C, Lu X, Nagy A, Burke RD, Koop BF, Howard PL: ARS2 is a conserved eukaryotic gene essential for early mammalian development. Mol Cell Biol 2008, 28:1503-1514.

Schmidt D*, Stark R*, Wilson MD, Brown GD, Odom DT: Genome-scale validation of deep-sequencing libraries. PLoS ONE 2008, 3:e371310.1371.
*co-first authors

Conboy CM, Spyrou C, Thorne NP, Wade EJ, Barbosa-Morais NL, Wilson MD, Bhattacharjee A, Young RA, Tavaré S, Lees JA, Odom DT: Cell cycle genes are the evolutionarily conserved targets of the E2F4 transcription factor. PLoS ONE 2007.

Wilson MD, Cheung J, Martindale DW, Scherer SW, Koop BF: Comparative analysis of the paired immunoglobulin-like receptor (PILR) locus in six mammalian genomes: duplication, conversion, and the birth of new genes. Physiol Genomics 2006, 27:201-218.

Hunt P, Wilson MD, Schalburg von K, Davidson W, Koop BF: Expression and genomic organization of zonadhesin-like genes in three species of fish give insight into the evolutionary history of a mosaic protein. BMC Genomics 2005, 6:16510.1186/1471-2164-6-165.

Wen XY, Hegele RA, Wang J, Wang DY, Cheung J, Wilson M, Yahyapour M, Bai Y, Zhuang L, Skaug J, Young TK, Connelly PW, Koop BF, Tsui LC, Stewart AK. Identification of a novel lipase gene mutated in lpd mice with hypertriglyceridemia and associated with dyslipidemia in humans. Hum Mol Genet. 2003 May 15;12(10):1131-43.

Scherer SW et al.: Human chromosome 7: DNA sequence and biology. Science 2003, 300:767-772.

Cheung J, Wilson MD, Zhang J, Khaja R, MacDonald JR, Heng HHQ, Koop BF, Scherer SW: Recent segmental and gene duplications in the mouse genome. Genome Biol 2003, 4:R4710.1186/gb-2003-4-8-r47.

Shuttleworth TL, Wilson MD, Wicklow BA, Wilkins JA, Triggs-Raine BL: Characterization of the murine hyaluronidase gene region reveals complex organization and cotranscription of Hyal1 with downstream genes, Fus2 and Hyal3. J Biol Chem 2002, 277:23008-23018.

Wilson MD, Ruttan C, Koop B, Glickman B: ERCC1: A comparative genomic perspective. Environ Mol Mutagen 2001, 38:209-215.

Wilson MD, Riemer C, Martindale D, Schnupf P, Boright A, Cheung T, Hardy D, Schwartz S, Scherer S, Tsui L, Miller W, Koop B: Comparative analysis of the gene-dense ACHE/TFR2 region on human chromosome 7q22 with the orthologous region on mouse chromosome 5. Nucleic Acids Res 2001, 29:1352-1365.