From his roots in the fundamental coordination chemistry of transition metal complexes, Dr. Lon Wilson’s scientific pursuits have extended significantly over the past forty years to include biological applications of inorganic and organic materials, particularly carbon nanomaterials. In collaboration with several institutions in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Wilson has pushed the boundaries of traditional chemistry into clinical applications, including cancer therapy through radiofrequency-induced hyperthermia and novel chemotherapeutic agents, diagnostic imaging and multimodal techniques, and stem cell-mediated heart repair. While he has taught many different classes during his more than forty years at Rice, Dr. Wilson currently instructs the transition metals course (CHEM 495) as well as laboratory modules in advanced inorganic chemistry (CHEM 366).
In addition to his long and illustrious academic career, Dr. Wilson is an avid basketball fan (and former high school state champion himself), a connoisseur of wine and all things Italian, a patron of the arts (ask him about his Picasso), a black-and-white photographer (with his own developer), and a gentleman farmer of corn and soy in his homeland of Iowa. He is beholden to the charms of Durango, Colorado and may be found at times reclining under the ponderosa pines on the shores of Lake Vallecito.
Lon J. Wilson
Professor of Chemistry
-Laboratory for Biochemical and Genetic Engineering
B.S. in Chemistry, 1966, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1971, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1973, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Office: Dell Butcher Hall, 353
Phone: (713) 348-3268