Associate Professor of Biology
Gilmer Hall, 129
B.A. Colgate University, 1998 Ph.D. Cornell University, 2004 postdoctoral training, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, 2004-09.
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Education Committee
Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) Science Education Committee (current committee chair)
Admissions and Financial Aid Committee
Academic Facilities Committee
Core Cultures committee
Rutter, M.T., Callahan, H., Leebens-Mack, J., Murren, C.J., Strand, A.E., and Wolyniak, M.J. (2015). Phenotyping thousands of T-DNA insertion mutants with the unPAK project. In preparation.
Leung, W., Shaffer, C.D., Reed, L.K., Smith, S.T., Barshop, W., Dirkes, W............Wolyniak, M.J., #G.M. Robertson, #S.I. Smith, et al. (2015). Drosophila Muller F elements maintain a distinct set of genomic properties over 40 million years of evolution. G3:Genes, Genomes, Genetics: In Press. (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors)
Lopatto, D., Hauser, C., Jones, C.J., Paetkau, D............Wolyniak, M.J., Youngblom, J., Zhou, L., Buhler, J., Mardis, E., Leung, W., Shaffer, C.D., Threnfall, J., and Elgin, S.C.R. (73 authors). (2014). A central support system can facilitate implementation and sustainability of a classroom-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) in genomics. CBE-Life Sciences Education 13(4):711-723.
Shaffer C.D., Alvarez C.J., Bednarski A.E., Dunbar D., Goodman A.L., Reinke C., Rosenwald A.G., Wolyniak M.J., ....Elgin S.C.R. (83 authors). (2014). The Genomics Education Partnership: A collaborative research experience for undergraduates that enables student-generated annotations of eukaryotic genomes. CBE-Life Sciences Education 13(1):111-130.
Wolyniak M.J. (2013). Improved student linkage of Mendelian and molecular genetic concepts through a yeast-based laboratory module. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 41(3): 163-172.
Valentine M.E., Wolyniak M.J., and Rutter M.T. (2012). Extensive phenotypic variation among allelic T-DNA inserts in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44981.
Wolyniak M.J.*, Alvarez C.J.*, Chandrasekaran V., Grana T.M., Holgado A., Jones C.J., Morris R.W., Pereira A.L., Stamm J., Washington T.M., and Yang Y. (2010). Building better scientists through cross-disciplinary collaboration in synthetic biology: A meeting report from the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT) Workshop 2010. CBE-Life Sciences Education 9(4): 399-404. (* These authors contributed equally to these studies)
Hodge C.A.*, Choudray V.*,Wolyniak M.J.*,Scarcelli J.J., Schneiter R., and Cole C.N. (2010). Two integral membrane proteins, Brr6 and Apq12, link nuclear pore complex assembly to lipid homeostasis in the ER. Journal of Cell Science 123(1): 141-151. (*These authors contributed equally to these studies).
Wolyniak M.J. and Cole C.N. (2008). Harnessing genomics to explore the processes and evolution of mRNA export. RNA Biology 5(2): 68-72.
Wolyniak M.J. and Sundstrom P. (2007). Role of actin cytoskeletal dynamics in activation of the cyclic AMP pathway and HWP1 gene expression in Candida albicans. Eukaryotic Cell 6(10): 1824- 40.
Kim S., Wolyniak M.J.,Staab J.F., and Sundstrom P. (2007). A 368 bp cis-acting HWP1 promoter region, HCR, confers hypha-specific gene regulation and binds architectural transcription factors Nhp6 and HmgL. Eukaryotic Cell 6(4): 693-709.
Wolyniak M.J., Blake-Hodek K., Kosco K., Hwang E., You L., and Huffaker T.C. (2006). The regulation of microtubule dynamics in S. cerevisiae by three interacting plus-end tracking proteins. Molecular Biology of the Cell 17(6): 2789- 98.
Wolyniak M.J. (2003). Balancing teaching and research experiences in doctoral training programs: Lessons for the future teacher. Cell Biology Education 2(4): 228-32.
Cheeseman I.M., Brew C., Wolyniak M., Desai A., Anderson S., Muster N., Yates J.R., Huffaker T.C., Drubin D.G., and Barnes G. (2001). Implication of a novel multiprotein Dam1p complex in outer kinetochore function. Journal of Cell Biology 155(7): 1137-45.
-#Hughes J.B., #Polakiewicz F.J., #Whitt, A.R., and Wolyniak M.J. (2014). Mycobacterium phage Cheetobro, complete genome. GenBank KJ944841.1 (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors).
-#Frazier S.B., #Hughes J.B., #Mavromatis C.J., #Miller K.A., #Park J.D., #Robertson G.M., Wolyniak M.J., et al. (2012). Mycobacterium phage Arturo, complete genome. GenBank JX307702.1 (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors).
-Korber J., Adams S.D., Austriaco N.................Wolyniak M.J., et al. (2012). Mycobacterium phage Spartacus, complete genome. GenBank JQ300538.1
National Science Foundation (NSF) Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Award, 2014-17.
John Peter Mettauer Award for Excellence in Research, Hampden-Sydney College, 2013.
Cabell Award for Excellence in Teaching, Hampden-Sydney College, 2012.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Award, 2011-14.
Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) William E. Betts, Jr., Undergraduate Science Research Fellowship (awarded to research student), 2011
VFIC Undergraduate Science Research Fellowship (awarded to research student), 2010, 2012
Hampden-Sydney Student/Faculty Summer Research Award, 2010, 2014.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Dartmouth College teaching postdoctoral fellowship, 2007-09.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grant in autoimmunity and connective tissue, Cornell University
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)/Science Program for Excellence in Science Award
Phi Beta Kappa, New York Eta Chapter
Omicron Delta Kappa, Lambda Circle
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Virginia Branch
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR)
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT)
National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)