Michael Wilson, MD

Assistant Professor in Residence
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
Department of Neurology
415-502-7429

I am a neurologist specializing in infectious and autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system. I see patients with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis as well as patients with a wide array of infectious diseases that impact the nervous system like HIV, neurocysticercosis, neurosyphilis, viral encephalitis and fungal infections like coccidiomycosis (valley fever). In collaboration with the DeRisi Lab in the Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, my laboratory applies cutting edge metagenomic and immune repertoire sequencing techniques as well as phage display technologies to enhance our understanding of the causes and immunopathogenesis of multiple sclerosis as well as autoimmune and infectious causes of meningoencephalitis.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Virology & Microbial Pathogenesis
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Immunology
Research Summary: 
Genomic approaches to identifying causes and understanding the pathogenesis of autoimmune and infectious neuroinflammatory conditions including encephalitis, meningitis and multiple sclerosis
Featured Publications: 

Actionable diagnosis of neuroleptospirosis by next-generation sequencing.

The New England journal of medicine

Wilson MR, Naccache SN, Samayoa E, Biagtan M, Bashir H, Yu G, Salamat SM, Somasekar S, Federman S, Miller S, Sokolic R, Garabedian E, Candotti F, Buckley RH, Reed KD, Meyer TL, Seroogy CM, Galloway R, Henderson SL, Gern JE, DeRisi JL, Chiu CY

Diagnosing Balamuthia mandrillaris Encephalitis With Metagenomic Deep Sequencing.

Annals of neurology

Wilson MR, Shanbhag NM, Reid MJ, Singhal NS, Gelfand JM, Sample HA, Benkli B, O'Donovan BD, Ali IK, Keating MK, Dunnebacke TH, Wood MD, Bollen A, DeRisi JL

Acute West Nile virus meningoencephalitis diagnosed via metagenomic deep sequencing of cerebrospinal fluid in a renal transplant patient.

American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Wilson MR, Zimmermann LL, Crawford ED, Sample HA, Soni P, Baker A, Khan LM, DeRisi JL

Illuminating uveitis: metagenomic deep sequencing identifies common and rare pathogens.

Genome medicine

Doan T, Wilson MR, Crawford ED, Chow ED, Khan LM, Knopp KA, O'Donovan BD, Xia D, Hacker JK, Stewart JM, Gonzales JA, Acharya NR, DeRisi JL