5 questions with…pharmacology professor, Relay for Life honorary chair Amy Wilson-Delfosse

When not at Case Western Reserve University, Amy Wilson-Delfosse continues the teaching at home—training her dogs.

Since joining the Case Western Reserve University community in 1998, Amy Wilson-Delfosse has increasingly taken on more roles within the university, as a basic science researcher, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and the assistant dean for Basic Science Education in the School of Medicine.

Now, after being the Case Western Reserve Relay for Life’s top fundraiser for several years, it’s time for her to take on another role there as well, as Relay for Life honorary chair. In this position, she’ll speak at the Power of Purple celebration in February and participate in the opening ceremony and the Survivor’s Lap.

The Relay for Life planning committee selected Wilson-Delfosse for her commitment to the event and her dedicated role as a caretaker for her husband, a cancer survivor. “There is really nothing special about me, but there is something very special about the caregivers that I am representing at this year’s Relay,” she said.

She may not think she’s anything special, but we certainly do.

Learn more about her.

1. What’s on your iPod?
The best thing about my iPod is that it is now my iPhone! Just listing some of my favorites: Daughtry, the Glee cast recordings, Jim Brickman, Mark Schultz, Phil Keaggy and Wicked (original Broadway cast).

2. What’s your favorite spot in Cleveland and why?
University Hospitals Case Medical Center—because the healthcare providers there saved my husband’s life.

3. If you could only take three books with you to a deserted island, what would you take?

  • The Holy Bible (New International Version)
  • The whole Harry Potter series. I know that is more than one book, but I have only read the last one and would enjoy keeping myself busy reading the rest.
  • Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson. Can you imagine a better place to study the stars?

4. What one word would you use to describe yourself, and what one word would your friends use to describe you?
Me: Simple … not stupid … just simple!
Friends: Authentic. I surveyed my friends so as to have unbiased data.

5. What’s your favorite thing about Case Western Reserve University?
The students, who teach me about learning every day.