Chris Hylton, GK-12 | Biology, UNCG

Christopher Hylton, Biology PhD Candidate


Christopher Hylton

Christopher "Chris" Hylton was raised in SC, TN, and NC. Chris earned a B.A. in Film Studies with a minor in Psychology in 2004, at UNC-Wilmington, and worked as a certified Pharmacy Technician and an assistant manager at Walgreens. He completed his B.S. in biology in 2011 and then entered the UNCG-Biology master's program, where he has enjoyed teaching labs. In the Fall of 2012, Chris began his first year in the GK-12 program working in the second grade at Montlieu Academy of Technology. Chris joined the Environmental Health Sciences doctoral program. When not in the lab or working, Chris enjoys critiquing films, watching Tennessee Titan football, and spending time with his family and friends.

Research Interests

Chris began research as a post-baccalaureate student, studying the protein dTopors in fruit flies. In humans, the protein is a tumor suppressor, with mutants linked to a form of retinitis pigmentosa. In flies, the protein is involved in meiotic chromosome segregation. He defended his master's thesis in summer 2013 and hopes to publish the findings in the near future. This fall, Chris looks forward to selecting a new research field for his doctoral studies.