Angela Wilson is the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Her research focuses on development and understanding of computational methodologies, along with studies in heavy-element chemistry, catalysis, protein modeling, drug design, metal organic frameworks, and green chemistry.
Dr. Wilson received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and completed her postdoctoral training at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She has held faculty positions at the University of Oklahoma and the University of North Texas. At UNT, she also served as the Director of the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling, and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty. Prior to joining MSU, she was the Division Director of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation.
The Wilson Lab develops ab initio approaches that aim for accurate prediction of thermochemical properties across the periodic table. This includes the development of successful and versatile ab initio composite schemes, called correlation consistent Composite Approaches (ccCA), that provide reduced computational cost (in terms of computer time, memory, and disk space) means to achieve energetic predictions. Further, Dr. Wilson’s team works with a pharmaceutical company to consider small-molecule binding cavities, utilize docking techniques and other approaches for the design and understanding at the molecular level of potential pharmaceuticals that could be important in anti-inflammatory disease. The lab also studies how changes in structure impact activity, and the role of signal transduction cascades in disease.