Skip To Content

MMI Faculty

Kim Ellison, PhD

K. Ellison
Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
University of Alberta
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
6-020B Katz Group Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1

Office Phone: (780) 492-0933
Fax : (780) 492-7521


  • Faculty Service Officer (Teaching Professional), Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Immunology


I have a broad research background that encompasses biochemistry, toxicology, virology, microbiology and molecular biology. After obtaining my B.Sc. in biochemistry, my graduate work entailed studying how chemical carcinogens modify DNA and cause mutations in mammalian cells. My postdoctoral work and subsequent career as a research associate was conducted in several laboratories, largely in the field of virology, but with a common theme of how “insults” to mammalian cells such as viral infection or DNA damage can compromise or usurp various pathways of nucleic acid metabolism.

In my current position I teach a number of MMI courses to third and fourth year undergraduates, primarily laboratory courses in molecular biology (MMI 391), bacteriology (MMI 352) and parasitology (MMI 426). I have two main goals as a teaching professional. First, I aim to be a link between the research labs and the teaching program of our department. I work with the principal investigators to design and update the experiments in our laboratory courses to reflect new scientific developments, so that our undergraduate students are exposed to current interests and innovations that are prevalent in research labs today. Secondly, I strive to bring modern and effective teaching methods to the classroom. I am a strong proponent of student engagement and participation, and I emphasize conceptual understanding which I believe is the key to long-term retention and provides the tools for independent learning.

Click here to view Dr. Ellison's profile on the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.



Selected Publications:

  1. Ellison, K.S., Maranchuk, R.A., Mottet, K.L. and Smiley, J.R. (2005). Control of VP16 translation by the herpes simplex virus type 1 immediate-early protein ICP27. J. Virol. 79: 4120-4131.
  2. Ellison, K.S., Rice, S.A., Verity, R. and Smiley, J.R. (2000). Processing of a-globin and ICP0 mRNA in cells infected with Herpes simplex virus type 1 ICP27 mutants. J. Virol. 74: 7307-7319.
  3. Cheung, P., Ellison, K.S., Verity, R. and Smiley, J.R. (2000). Herpes simplex virus ICP27 induces cytoplasmic accumulation of unspliced polyadenylated a-globin pre-mRNA in infected HeLa cells. J. Virol. 74: 2913-2919.
  4. Ellison, K.S., Peng, W. and McFadden, G. (1996). Mutations in active site residues of the uracil-DNA glycosylase encoded by vaccinia virus are incompatible with virus viability. J. Virol. 70: 7965-7973.
  5. Ellison, K.S., Gwozd, T., Prendergast, J.A., Paterson, M.C. and Ellison, M.J.  (1991) A site-directed approach for constructing temperature-sensitive ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes reveals a cell cycle function and growth function for RAD6.  J. Biol. Chem. 266: 24116-24120.
  6. Ellison, K.S., Dogliotti, E., Connors, T.D., Basu, A.K. and Essigmann, J.M.  (1989)  Site-specific mutagenesis by O6-alkylguanines located in the chromosomes of mammalian cells:  Influence of the mammalian O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA.  86: 8620-8624.


Related Links