Kathryn Huisinga


  • B.S., Biochemistry, with honors from University of Iowa
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology, The Pennsylvania State University


  • 2005-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow- Washington University in St. Louis;  Heterochromatin formation in Drosophila melanogaster;   Mentor: Sarah Elgin
  • 2010-2011: Adjunct Faculty- Science & Mathematics Department,  Maryville University, Courses taught: General Chemistry I Laboratory & Immunology
  • 1997-1999: Research Technician- University of Iowa;   Molecular and genetic regulation of transvection at the yellow gene in Drosophila melanogaster;    Mentor: Pamela Geyer

Teaching Assignments

  • Basic Physiological Chemistry
  • Biochemistry I
  • Biochemistry II/Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • General Chemistry I
  • Gen100: The College Experience
  • Honors Sophomore Seminar: The Academy and You

Recent Scholarly Work

  • Huisinga KL, Riddle NC, Leung W, Shimonovich S, McDaniel S, Figueroa-Clarevega A, Elgin SC. Targeting of P-Element Reporters to Heterochromatic Domains by Transposable Element 1360 in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics. 2016 Feb; 202:565-82
  • Brower-Toland B, Riddle NC, Jiang H, Huisinga KL, Elgin SCR. Multiple SET methyltransferases are required to maintain normal heterochromatin domains in the genome of Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics. 2009 Apr; 181:1303-19
  • Huisinga KL, Elgin SCR.  Small RNA directed heterochromatin formation in the context of development: what flies might learn from fission yeast. BBA Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, 2009 Jan; 1789:3-16.
  • Huisinga KL, Pugh BF.  A TATA binding protein regulatory network that governs transcription complex assembly. Genome Biol. 2007 Apr 2;  8(4):R46
  • Huisinga KL, Brower-Toland B, Elgin SCR.  The Contradictory Definitions of Heterochromatin: Transcription and Silencing.  Chromosoma. 2006 April; 115:110-22.
  • Huisinga KL, Pugh BF.  A genome-wide housekeeping role for TFIID and a highly regulated stress-related role for SAGA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  Molecular Cell.  2004 Feb 27;  13:573-85.


I am married to Mike Grau. We live in Akron with our two children, Sam and Ellie and our dog and cats. In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, gardening, baking cakes and playing with my kids.