Heather Wilson-Ashworth

Faculty Member

Heather Wilson-Ashworth


I am a Professor of Biology. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Math Education with a minor in Biology and a Ph.D. in Human Physiology/Cell Biology at Brigham Young University.

My research interests include:
- the development and assessment of process skills in active learning classrooms.
- effective mentoring strategies in undergraduate research.
- process skills assessment tool development.

The teaching awards I have received include:
-POGIL Early Achievement Award (PEACH), The POGIL Project, 2020
- Student Advocate Award, UVU, 2019.
- Best Design of an Online Course, 3rd place, UVU, 2019.
- Presidential Award of Excellence in Teaching, UVU, 2018.
- Faculty Excellence Award, UVU, 2012.
- Faculty Appreciation Award from UVU Academic Tutoring, 2011.
- Service Learning Faculty of the Year, Utah Valley University, 2006.
- Presidential Award for Faculty Scholarship, 2002.

I teach General Biology, College Biology, Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology and Human Physiology.


Ph D, Brigham Young University, 1999

Major: Cell Biology and Physiology

BA, Brigham Young University, 1994


BIOL 1610

College Biology I BB, Spring 2023

ZOOL 2420

Human Physiology, Spring 2023


Student Research, Spring 2023


Arocho, Rachel , Johnson, Benjamin , Tolman, Anton , Wilson-Ashworth, Heather , UVU SCULPT Roundtable Presentation, "Mentoring By Design and the Future of SCULPT Education.", UVU SCULPT Roundtable Presentation.. ()
Ballard, Jessica (Presenter & Author), Wilson-Ashworth, Heather (Presenter & Author), UWHEN Leadership Conference, "Navigating Mentorship Pathways to Build Up Women", Utah Women in Higher Education, Virtual. (April 8, 2022)
Hill, Jessica C (Presenter & Author), Wilson-Ashworth, Heather (Author Only), 4th Annual Teaching For Learning Conference (T4L), "Academic self-concept in STEM classes", Provo, UT. (March, 2020)
Jorgensen, Claudia (Presenter & Author), Hill, Jessica C (Presenter & Author), Horn, Matt (Author Only), Wilson-Ashworth, Heather (Author Only), 4th Annual Teaching For Learning Conference (T4L), "Efficacy of Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning in psychology", Provo, UT. (March, 2020)
Williams, Peter C. (Presenter & Author), Dotson, Cason R. (Presenter & Author), Wilson-Ashworth, Heather (Author Only), Hill, Jessi , Horn, Matt (Author Only), Jorgensen, Claudia (Author Only), Zahn, Geoffrey (Author Only), 13th Annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR), "Assessing the implementation of undergraduate research teams at an open-enrollment institution", Utah Council on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, UT. (February, 2019)
Hill, Jessica C (Presenter & Author), Jorgensen, Claudia (Presenter & Author), Horn, Matt (Presenter & Author), Wilson-Ashworth, Heather (Presenter & Author), Annual Teaching for Learning Conference, "Increasing student success_ The POGIL way", Orem, UT. (March, 2017)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Hill, Jessi , Jorgensen, Claudia , Horn, Matt , Wilson-Ashworth, Heather , (2020) "Array" . http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/index.php
Wilson-Ashworth, Heather , Olson, E.D. , Nelson, J. , Griffith, K. , Nguyen, T. , Streeter, M. , Gleb, M.H. , Bell, J.D. , (2010) "Kinetic evaluation of a cell membrane hydrolysis during apoptosis by human isoforms of secretory phospholipase A2" (vol. 285). Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Wilson-Ashworth, Heather , Stott, B.M. , Vu, M.P. , McLemore, C.O. , Lund, M.S. , Gibbons, E. , Brueseke, T.J. , Bell, J.D. , (2008) "use of fluoresces to determing the effects of cholesterol on lipid behavior in sphingomyelin liposomes and erythrocyte membranes." (vol. 48). Journal of Lipid Research.
Kopp, Olga , Wilson-Ashworth, Heather , Samson, April , (2007) "Lab Manual. College Biology I." . Pearson Custom Publishing. .
Wilson-Ashworth, Heather , Bahm, Q. , Erickson, J. , Shinkle, A. , Vu, M.P. , Woodbury, D. , Bell, J.D. , (2006) "Differential detection of phospholipid fluidity, order, and spacing by fluorescence spectroscopy of bis-pyrene, prodan, nystatin, and mercyanine." (vol. 91). Biophysical Journal.
Wilson-Ashworth, Heather , Jensen, L.B. , Burgess, N.K. , Gonda, D.D. , Spencer, E. , Driscoll, E. , Vu, M.P. , Fairbourn, J.L. , Judd, A.M. , Bell, J.D. , (2005) "Mechanisms governing the level of susceptivility of erythrocyte membranes to secretory phospholipase A2" (vol. 88). Biophysical Journal .


Dean's List

Brigham Young University

Six Semesters

Tuition Scholarship

Brigham Young University

Full Tuition. Awarded_ Sept 1987 - April 1990, Sept. 1993 - Aug. 1994

Teacher of the Year

Utah Valley University


Presidental award for faculty Scholarship

Utah Valley University - September, 2002

Awarded $1,000

BYU Cancer Research Fellowship



Brigham Young University Research Graduate Fellowship

Brigham Young University - March, 1998

Full year fellowship, $6,000 awarded