Kayla Bieser, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.S. Biology, Purdue University
B.A. Biology, University of St. Thomas

: LAS Building, Office 262
Phone: (702) 992-2682
Email: Kayla.Bieser@nsc.edu

Dr. Kayla Bieser earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2004. As a senior, she studied abroad in Costa Rica; this experience persuaded her to pursue a graduate degree in biology instead of applying to medical school. She completed her M.S. from Purdue University in 2007 and went on to complete her Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Bieser joined the faculty at NSC in 2015.

Dr. Bieser’s research is on the molecular mechanisms of temperature-dependent sex determination in freshwater turtles. In most turtles, all crocodilians, and some lizards, sex is determined based upon the incubation temperature of the egg. However, very little is understood about the genetic or epigenetic (“above the genome”) mechanisms that determine sex in these species. Dr. Bieser is specifically interested in environmental factors, such as temperature and endocrine disruptors, that influence how genes are expressed in the embryonic turtle. 

  • BIOL 196 Principles of Modern Biology I
  • BIOL 300 Genetics
  • BIOL 405 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 415 Evolution
selected publications
  • Bieser, K. and T. Wibbels. 2014. Chronology, Magnitude, and Duration of Expression of Putative Sex Determining/Differentiation Genes in a Turtle with Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination. Sexual Development 8: 364-375.
  • Bieser, K., Wibbels, T., Mourad, G., and F. Paladino. 2013. Cloning and Expression Analysis of Lhx9 during Gonadal Sex Differentiation in the Red-Eared Slider Turtle, Trachemys scripta, a Species with Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 320(4): 238-246.