Title: Laboratory Research Technician
A.A.S., Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Mr. Mickey Wilson works as a lab technician in the lab of Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky. Komarnytsky’s lab is focused on efficacy and safety of botanicals and natural products and is working to identify their bioavailability and bioactivity as possible treatments or preventatives for human health. Wilson works with bacterial and animal cell cultures. He also collaborates with other Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) scientists who utilize the lab’s cell culture facilities.
Wilson first worked as an intern with PHHI as part of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s (RCCC) cooperative education program at the N.C. Research Campus. Upon completing a two-year applied science degree program in biotechnology at RCCC, his internship became a job as a research lab technician in 2012.
One of Wilson’s projects, titled Biofilm Formation and Cell Invasion among Environmentally Persistent Escherichia coli Isolates from South Africa Watersheds, has been accepted for oral presentation at the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) 2013 Conference in Charlotte.
- Antibacterial activity of medicinal plants from The Physicians of Myddvai, a 13th century Welsh medical manuscript, 2017
- Metabolic Effects of Berries with Structurally Diverse Anthocyanins, 2017
- Diverse bioenergetic profiles of M1/M2 macrophages exposed to anthocyanins and their phenolic metabolites, 2016
- Blackcurrant anthocyanins attenuate weight gain and improve glucose metabolism in diet-induced obese mice with intact, but not disrupted, gut microbiome, 2015