Traci Wilgus, PhD is originally from Columbus and earned both her BS degree in Microbiology and PhD in Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at Ohio State. She did postdoctoral training in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University School of Medicine and then was a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Dentistry at University of Illinois-Chicago for a short time before joining the faculty at Ohio State in 2008 in the Department of Pathology. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015.
Dr. Wilgus' research focuses on understanding the role of inflammation and blood vessel growth in skin cancer development, skin regeneration and scar formation. She is involved in various teaching activities at OSU, including teaching small undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses on research methods, research ethics, inflammation, and cancer. She also guest lectures in multiple courses on topics related to her research expertise, where she interacts with undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. She was a University Institute for Teaching and Learning FIT (Foundation, Impact, Transformation) mentor for the first time in 2017-2018 and looks forward to serving again during the 2018-2019 academic year.