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Katie Wiens

Katie Wiens

Assistant Professor

Forbes Hall 1052
(757) 594-7061


  • Ph D in Neuroscience, University of Minnesota
  • BS in Psychology, Kansas State University


Cellular/Molecular Biology, Neuroscience


Development of an environmentally-induced model for Alzheimer's disease in the zebrafish.
The effect of heavy metals on zebrafish regeneration.


Dr. Wiens received a B.S. in Psychology at Kansas State University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota where she investigated the cellular mechanisms of learning and memory. She completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Southern California studying heart regeneration and vascular development in the zebrafish. She is currently an assistant professor at Christopher Newport University in the department of Molecular Biology & Chemistry associated with the Neuroscience program. She is currently conducting two lines of research at CNU: 1) the role of heavy metals in Alzheimer's disease progression, and 2) the effect of neural input on zebrafish heart regeneration.

  • Samuel Lilly, William Knight, Katie Wiens, Virginia Academy of Science Annual Meeting, "Copper-induced antioxidant gene expression in developing zebrafish embryos," Farmville, VA. (2018)
  • Samuel Lilly, Connor Noel, Katie Wiens, William Knight, Society for Neuroscience, "Expression of antioxidant genes during zebrafish embryonic development is influenced by copper (II) sulfate exposure," Washington D.C.. (2017)
  • Delaney Rousseau, Samuel Lilly, Benjamin Miller, William Knight, Katie Wiens, Society for Neuroscience, "Gene expression of Amyloid Precursor Protein during zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryonic development: dose-response effects of c," Washington D.C.. (2017)
  • William Knight, Benjamin Miller, Katie Wiens, VAS Annual Meeting, "Zebrafish Model to Test the Effect of Copper on Amyloid Precursor Protein," Newport News, VA. (2017)
  • William Knight, Katie Wiens, "Copper-Induced Neurodegeneration in a Zebrafish Model of Alzheimer’s Disease," Sponsored by CNU

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