Carol Wise, Ph.D., Director of Molecular Genetics; Director of Basic Research at Scottish Rite for Children

Carol Wise, Ph.D.

Director of Molecular Genetics; Director of Basic Research

Dr. Carol Wise is Director of Basic Research at Scottish Rite for Children and Professor in the McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development and departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). Originally from Texas, she received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Texas A&M University and her doctorate degree in biochemistry from UTSW. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in human molecular genetics with James Lupski at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and with Michael Lovett at UTSW. Dr. Wise co-directs the division of Molecular Genetics and Scottish Rite for Children GOOD for KIDs, a program aimed at solving rare debilitating musculoskeletal diseases in children using next-generation genomic methods. Dr. Wise is a founding member of the International Consortium for Spinal Genetics, Development, and Disease. Dr. Wise’s work focuses on identifying the genetic determinants and underlying mechanisms of pediatric musculoskeletal disorders, particularly adolescent and early-onset forms of scoliosis.

  • Scottish Rite for Children
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center

  • Texas A&M University, magna cum laude
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center, Ph.D. Biochemistry

Postdoctoral Training

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Human Molecular Genetics
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center, Human Molecular Genetics 
  • National Human Genome Research Institute, Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Scoliosis Research Society Russell A. Hibbs Basic Science Award, 2012, 2014
  • Texas Genetics Society Distinguished Service Award, 2011
  • Brooklyn Lodge Community Builder Award, 2010
  • Fort Worth Scottish Rite Foundation Anson Jones Award, 2009
  • Dallas Business Journal Health Care Hero, 2009 
  • Forney High School Hall of Honor, 2009
  • John L. DeGrozier Lodge Community Builder Award, 2008 
  • The Family Place Texas Trailblazer, 2008
  • Lone Star Leader, WFAA and Sewell Cadillac, 2007 
  • YWCA Centennial Award, 2007 
  • The Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year nominee, 2007
  • Appreciation Award in Student Mentoring, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 2003 

  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Scoliosis Research Society, associate fellow
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, associate member
  • Texas Genetics Society

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