College of Science and Health > Faculty & Staff > Faculty A-Z > William Gilliland

William Gilliland

  • Associate Professor, Genetics
  • ​PhD       
  • Biological Sciences
  • (773) 325-7464
  • ​McGowan South, Room 219A       

Classes Taught
  • General Biology (Bio 191), Fall Quarter
  • Focal Point Seminar (LSP 112), Winter Quarter
  • Bioinformatics for Bench Scientists (Bio 362), Winter Quarter
  • Genetics (Bio 260), Spring Quarter
Research Interests

Gilliland studies chromosome segregation during female meiosis in Drosophila melanogaster in order to find out how homologous chromosomes coorient prior to the reductional first meiotic division. He uses genetic and cytological techniques in his research program to determine how often errors occur during meiosis and to try and identify what events cause those errors.

Select Publications

Gilliland WD, Hughes SF, Vietti DR, Hawley RS. Congression of achiasmate chromosomes to the metaphase plate in Drosophila melanogaster oocytes. Developmental Biology. 2009;325(1):122-8. 

Gilliland WD, Vietti DL, Schweppe NM, Guo F, Johnson TJ, Hawley RS. Hypoxia transiently sequesters mps1 and polo to collagenase-sensitive filaments inDrosophila prometaphase oocytes. PLoS ONE. 2009;4(10):e7544. 

Zeng Y, Li H, Schweppe NM, Hawley RS, Gilliland WD. Statistical Analysis of Nondisjunction Assays in Drosophila. Genetics. 2010;186(2):505-13. ​​

Gillies SC, Lane FM, Paik W, Pyrtel K, Wallace NT, Gilliland WD. Nondisjunctional segregations in Drosophila female meiosis I are preceded by homolog malorientation at metaphase arrest. Genetics. 2012, in press.