Michael Wilson, MD

Associate Professor
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
Department of Neurology
415-502-7429
Research Description: 

I am a neurologist specializing in infectious and autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system. I see patients with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and autoimmune encephalitis 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. My laboratory applies metagenomic and immune repertoire sequencing techniques as well as phage display antibody discovery 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
Mentorship Development: 

5/2021 - Sharpening your Mentoring Skills (SyMS)

Featured Publications: 

A pathogenic and clonally expanded B cell transcriptome in active multiple sclerosis.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Ramesh A, Schubert RD, Greenfield AL, Dandekar R, Loudermilk R, Sabatino JJ, Koelzer MT, Tran EB, Koshal K, Kim K, Pröbstel AK, Banerji D

Integrating central nervous system metagenomics and host response for diagnosis of tuberculosis meningitis and its mimics.

Nature communications

Ramachandran PS, Ramesh A, Creswell FV, Wapniarski A, Narendra R, Quinn CM, Tran EB, Rutakingirwa MK, Bangdiwala AS, Kagimu E, Kandole KT, Zorn KC, Tugume L, Kasibante J, Ssebambulidde K, Okirwoth M, Bahr NC, Musubire A, Skipper CP, Fouassier C, Lyden A, Serpa P, Castaneda G, Caldera S, Ahyong V, DeRisi JL, Langelier C, Crawford ED, Boulware DR, Meya DB, Wilson MR

Clinical Metagenomic Sequencing for Diagnosis of Meningitis and Encephalitis.

The New England journal of medicine

Wilson MR, Sample HA, Zorn KC, Arevalo S, Yu G, Neuhaus J, Federman S, Stryke D, Briggs B, Langelier C, Berger A, Douglas V, Josephson SA, Chow FC, Fulton BD, DeRisi JL, Gelfand JM, Naccache SN, Bender J, Dien Bard J, Murkey J, Carlson M, Vespa PM, Vijayan T, Allyn PR, Campeau S, Humphries RM, Klausner JD, Ganzon CD, Memar F, Ocampo NA, Zimmermann LL, Cohen SH, Polage CR, DeBiasi RL, Haller B, Dallas R, Maron G, Hayden R, Messacar K, Dominguez SR, Miller S, Chiu CY

Kelch-like Protein 11 Antibodies in Seminoma-Associated Paraneoplastic Encephalitis.

The New England journal of medicine

Mandel-Brehm C, Dubey D, Kryzer TJ, O'Donovan BD, Tran B, Vazquez SE, Sample HA, Zorn KC, Khan LM, Bledsoe IO, McKeon A, Pleasure SJ, Lennon VA, DeRisi JL, Wilson MR, Pittock SJ

Pan-viral serology implicates enteroviruses in acute flaccid myelitis.

Nature medicine

Schubert RD, Hawes IA, Ramachandran PS, Ramesh A, Crawford ED, Pak JE, Wu W, Cheung CK, O'Donovan BD, Tato CM, Lyden A, Tan M, Sit R, Sowa GA, Sample HA, Zorn KC, Banerji D, Khan LM, Bove R, Hauser SL, Gelfand AA, Johnson-Kerner BL, Nash K, Krishnamoorthy KS, Chitnis T, Ding JZ, McMillan HJ, Chiu CY, Briggs B, Glaser CA, Yen C, Chu V, Wadford DA, Dominguez SR, Ng TFF, Marine RL, Lopez AS, Nix WA, Soldatos A, Gorman MP, Benson L, Messacar K, Konopka-Anstadt JL, Oberste MS, DeRisi JL, Wilson MR