Alyssa Kiesow

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Alyssa Kiesow
Science Center 119

Professor of Biology/Interim Dean

College of Arts and Sciences
Science and Mathematics
College of Arts and Sciences
Biology Education
Medical Laboratory Science
Pre-Physician’s Assistant
Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Occupational Therapy
Pre-Veterinary Sciences
Pre-Mortuary Science
Ph.D. University of South Dakota
M.S. South Dakota State University
B.S. South Dakota State University
A.A. Winona State University
Dr. Alyssa Kiesow joined Northern’s faculty in August 2007. Born and raised in St. Cloud, Minn., she received multiple degrees from state institutions. Dr. Kiesow earned her Ph.D. in biological sciences with a research focus in genetics from the University of South Dakota. She currently serves as the interim Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, and on the South Dakota Academy of Science Executive Committee.
Research Interests
Dr. Kiesow's primary research interests range from genetic structure of animal populations to epigenetics of developing embryos. Recent research focuses on the effects of various toxins on embryonic development in sea stars, sea urchins, and Xenopus laevis.
Courses Taught
Developmental Biology
Selected Publications
*Denotes undergraduate student research
*Van Oosbree, A., and A. M. Kiesow. 2017. "Phenotypic effects of probiotics on Xenopus laevis development." Journal of Student Research 6: 14-20.
*Kiesow, A. M., and A. Premo. Characterization and isolation of microsatellite loci for false map turtles. American Midland Naturalist 177: 327-332.
Kiesow, A. M., E. M. Monroe, and H. B. Britten. 2012. Genetic Structure of the arboreal squirrel species (Glaucomys sabrinus and Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) in the North American Black Hills. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90: 1191-1200.
Kiesow, A. M., T. Kasmarik, and R. Binstock. 2011. Detection of domestic cattle gene introgression in a small population of North American bison. Proceedings of South Dakota Academy of Science 90: 79 – 85.
Kiesow, A. M., L. E. Wallace, and H. B. Britten. 2011. Characterization and isolation of microsatellite loci for northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus). Western North American Naturalist 71: 553–556.
Kiesow, A. M, and J. A. Kiesow. 2010. Bat census in riparian areas along the Missouri River in central South Dakota, 2003 – 2005. Prairie Naturalist 66 – 67.
*Viall, E., C. R. Fellbaum, and A. M. Kiesow. 2009. Distinguishing between G. volans and G. sabrinus using microsatellite analyses. Proceedings of South Dakota Academy of Science 88: 119 – 126.