Hannah Wilson, MD, PhD

PGY1 Resident, Department of Neurosurgery

Hannah Wilson

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MD, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown

PhD, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown

BS, biology (Honors Research Track), biochemistry, and ethics, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls


Dr. Wilson completed her MD and PhD from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown. She earned her BS in biology (Honors Research Track), biochemistry, and ethics from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

At West Virginia Medical School, Dr. Wilson built her research skills as a summer research intern and had two rotations during her PhD training in the labs of Dr. Lisa Robinson (pathology) and Dr. Yehenew Agazie (cancer cell biology). In addition, she spent a year as a graduate research assistant in the lab of Dr. Steven Frisch and completed her dissertation research in the lab of Dr. Emidio Pistilli, where she continued as a consulting scientist in bioinformatics after graduation. Both these labs focus on cancer cell biology. A published author, Dr. Wilson was first author on four of her five articles, and has made several poster and oral presentations.

Dr. Wilson has been an active volunteer in such organizations as Morgantown Meals on Wheels, Youth for Understanding (an international student exchange program), and Senior Pet and Animal Rescue in Pittsburgh, PA. She also volunteered with the West Virginia University MD/PhD Scholars Program as a student member of the admissions committee and founded the WVU chapter of Medical Students for Choice.

When Dr. Wilson has some spare time, she likes hobbies that challenge her to gain new skills, such as language learning, competitive weightlifting, rock climbing, and endurance cycling. She also enjoys caring for senior animals, providing hospice care for dogs with terminal illnesses.

Awards & Recognition

  • Health Care Ethics, Honors in Small Group Performance (2016)

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • AANS/CNS Section on Women in Neurosurgery
  • American Medical Association
  • American Physician Scientist Association



Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts

  • Wilson HE, Stanton DA, Rellick S, Geldenhuys W, Pistilli EE. Breast cancer-associated skeletal muscle mitochondrial dysfunction and lipid accumulation is reversed by PPARG. AJP-Cell Physiology. (2021); 320(4): C577-C590. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 33439777. Pub Status: Published.
  • Wilson HE, Stanton DA, Montgomery C, Infante A, Taylor M, Hazard-Jenkins H, Pugacheva EN, Pistilli EE. Skeletal muscle reprogramming by breast cancer regardless of treatment history or tumor molecular subtype. npj Breast Cancer. (2020); 6(18):eCollection 2020. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 32550263. Pub Status: Published.
  • Wilson HE, Rhodes KK, Rodriguez D, Chahal I, Stanton DA, Bohlen J, Davis M, Infante AM, Hazard-Jenkins H, Klinke DJ, Pugacheva EN, Pistilli EE. Human breast cancer xenograft model implicates peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor signaling as driver of cancer-induced muscle fatigue. Clinical Cancer Research. (2019); 25(7): 2336-2347. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 30559167. Pub Status: Published.
  • MacFawn I, Wilson HE, Selth LA, Leighton I, Serebriiskii I, Bleackley RC, Elzamzamy O, Farris J, Pifer PM, Richer J, Frisch SM. Grainyhead-like-2 confers NK-sensitivity through interactions with epigenetic modifiers. Molecular Immunology. (2019); 105(1):137-149. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 30508726. Pub Status: Published.
  • Cui H, Lu Y, Khan MZ, Anderson RM, McDaniel L, Wilson HE, Yin TC, Radley JJ, Pieper AA, Lutter M. Behavioral disturbances in estrogen-related receptor alpha-null mice. Cell Reports. (2015); 11(3): 344-350. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 25865889. Pub Status: Published.

Poster Presentations

  • Wilson, HE. (2020, March). Skeletal muscle mitochondrial dysfunction is a systemic consequence of breast cancer, not anti-cancer therapies Poster presented at: Translational Research Cancer Centers Consortium; Seven Springs, PA.
  • Wilson, HE. (2019, March). Breast cancer and muscle fatigue: novel targets to improve survival and quality of life Poster presented at: Van Liere Research Conference; Morgantown, WV.
  • Wilson, HE. (2019, February). Patient derived orthotopic xenograft model of breast cancer-associated muscle fatigue: novel pathways in cancer cachexia Poster presented at: Translational Research Cancer Centers Consortium; Seven Springs, PA.

Oral Presentations

  • Wilson, HE. (2019, May). Breast cancer and muscle fatigue: novel targets to improve survival and quality of life Oral Presentation presented at: Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium; Columbus, OH.
  • Wilson, HE. (2018, September). Dysregulation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor signaling is mechanistically central to breast cancer-induced skeletal muscle fatigue Oral Presentation presented at: Cancer Cachexia Society Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, PA.

Other Articles

  • Wilson, HE. (2016). Person-focused medicine: Overcoming stereotypes and other barriers to individualized care. West Virginia Network of Ethics Committee Newsletter