Keith Wheaton


Keith Wheaton
Replacement Assistant Professor

BSc, Biochemistry, University of Guelph
BEd Adult Education, Brock University
PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Calgary
Post-doctoral Research: University of Toronto and York University

Room: 850 Peter Morand, Room 225
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8234
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Dr. Keith Wheaton


Science Education:

Dr Wheaton teaches, develops curricula and facilitates pedagogical strategies in the translational and molecular medicine (TMM) undergraduate program.  This includes courses on the aging process, biochemistry, cancer biology, genomic instability, molecular biology, and inquiry-based research laboratories. In addition, Dr Wheaton has taught pre-med biochemistry in the Ottawa-Shanghai joint school of Medicine and is a faculty member in the Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA PHAGES) program.  His current educational focus is improving active learning opportunities to enhance student conceptual understanding and application of scientific principles.  

Previous Research:

Dr Wheaton has explored the molecular changes in normal cells as they undergo the aging process and during the suppression of cancer. This research centered on cellular senescence, which is a permanent exit from the cell cycle as the result of genome instability, DNA damage or oncogenic stress. Specifically, this involved defining how the regulatory network of the tumor suppressor p53 controls cellular senescence as a result of the aging process. Dr. Wheaton is also interested in how p53 related mechanisms contribute to the childhood premature aging syndrome, Hutchinson-Gilford progeria.

Undergraduates interested in joining the TMM undergraduate program or enrolling in general entry TMM courses are welcome to contact Dr. Wheaton for details.

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Fields of Interest

  • Undergraduate teaching and learning
  • Cellular senescence
  • P53 tumour suppressor
  • Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome
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