Kimberly Mitchell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office:  Micro/Molecular Hall (Dorm 13) 216
Phone: 434-582-2540
kamitchell@liberty.edu

Education
B.S. Liberty University
M.S. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of Virginia

Courses Taught by Dr. Mitchell
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 415 Cell Biology

Biography
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 and is faculty sponsor for the LU Biology Club (LUBioC) and the Liberty University Scientific Research Society, both student-run clubs.  

Publications

  • 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.