Kimberly Mitchell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Science Hall 155
(434) 582-2540


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.S., University of Virginia
  • B.S., Liberty University

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 101 General Biology (online)
  • BIOL 213/214 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 215/216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIOL 385 Advanced Human Physiology
  • BIOL 400 Biology Seminar
  • BIOL 415 Cell Biology
  • BIOM 515 Human Physiology


Dr. Mitchell is originally from Michigan, but after moving to Lynchburg in 1995 to attend Liberty University for her undergraduate education has remained in central Virginia.  Her research interests include nucleoside diphosphate kinase (NDPK; a protein involved in many cellular functions and linked to cancer) and primary cilia (cellular organelles involved in development and kidney disease).

Dr. Mitchell married her best friend Jamie in 2002 and was widowed in 2009. When she's not in the lab/classroom, she enjoys hiking, running, reading, gardening, caring for her many pets, and traveling to Africa (sometimes with students). In addition, Dr. Mitchell teaches cake decorating and bakes specialty cakes. At Liberty, she is Student Worker Coordinator for the Department of Biology and Chemistry.  


  • Mitchell, K.A.P. (2013). Isolation of primary cilia by sheer force. Current Protocols in Cell Biology, 3.42.1-3.42.9.
  • Detwiler, C.D., K.A.P. Mitchell and N. Reichenbach (2011). Life by Design. Cengage Publishing Co., Mason, OH. ISBN: 1-111-21991-5
  • Mitchell, K.A.P., G. Szabo, and A. S. Otero (2009). Mehods for the isolation of sensory and primary cilia-an overview. Methods in Cell Biology, 94:87-101.
  • Mitchell, K.A.P., G. Szabo and A. de S. Otero (2009). Direct binding of cytosolic NDP kinases to membrane lipids is regulated by nucleotides. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1793:469-476.
  • Mitchell, K.A.P., B.C. Gallagher, G. Szabo and A. de S. Otero (2004). NDP kinase moves into developing primary cilia. Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton 59:62-73.
  • Gallagher, B.C., K.A. Parrott, G. Szabo and A. de S. Otero (2003). Receptor activation regulates cortical, but not vesicular localization of NDP kinase. Journal of Cell Science 116:3239-3250.
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