Karen Wilcox, Ph.D.

Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship
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University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Wilcox approaches her mentoring as a lifelong practice and is a passionate advocate for women in science and diversity in the STEM field. She shares with her trainees not only her successes in science but also her experiences, failures, and challenges she has faced along the way. As a mentor, she’s described as compassionate, understanding, honest and inspiring, especially with regard to emboldening women and individuals from varied backgrounds in their quests for their own desired careers. Letters from trainees attest to Dr. Wilcox’s practice to evaluate each individual’s needs, desires and perceived obstacles to success, and mentor them in a way that engenders trust, growth in confidence and progression towards their desired goals. Dr. Wilcox's laboratory is focused on understanding basic mechanisms underlying epileptogenesis, seizure generation, and therapy-resistance to anticonvulsant drugs. To achieve these goals, the group uses electrophysiological, calcium imaging, pharmacological, behavioral, genetic, immunoblot, and immunohistochemical techniques in a variety of in vitro preparations and animal models of epilepsy.