Dr. Kristen Walton, Professor

(816) 271-5613 | kwalton1@missouriwestern.edu

Dr. Kristen Walton has been at MWSU since 2006. Her research interests include intestinal physiology and disease, inflammatory bowel disease, interactions between normal microbiota and the host, and Biology education research.

Introduction to Tissue Culture Techniques

Students will learn basic tissue culture techniques, including aseptic techniques, maintenance and propagation of cultured cell lines, and assays for analysis of cellular functions.

This project is a collaborative effort between the labs of Dr. Grantham and Dr. Walton.

Requirements:  Students should have completed at least one biology course and have an interest in learning common techniques for culture of animal cells. 

Effects of probiotics and prebiotics on intestinal inflammation

Probiotics are microbes that, when consumed in sufficient quantities, promote health. Prebiotics are dietary molecules that support the growth of beneficial microbes in the intestine. The overall aims of this project are to study the effects of various probiotic bacteria or prebiotics on intestinal inflammation, using cultured mammalian cells and/or mice as experimental models.

Requirements: Preference given to students who have completed BIO 205 and who have an interest in physiology and/or immunology.

COVID ResearchAnalysis of Survey Data:
College Classes during COVID-19

Requirements – Attention to detail, experience with Excel, graphing, and statistics.  Interest in data analysis/management.

Dr. Kristen Walton

About Dr. Kristen Walton

Ph.D., Physiology, University of North Carolina

B.S., Biology, Missouri State University

Contact Dr. Walton

Agenstein 237C

4525 Downs Drive
Saint Joseph, MO 64507