Dr. Michael J. Wolyniak


Dr. Michael WolyniakAssistant Professor of Biology
Gilmer Hall, 129
(434) 223-6175
mwolyniak@hsc.edu

Education

A.B. Colgate University, 1998 Ph.D. Cornell University, 2004 postdoctoral training, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, 2004-09.

Teaching Interests

Genetics
Molecular Biology
Genomics
Biochemistry
Public Health
Western Culture

Committee Assignments & Service 

National/State:

American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Education Committee

Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) Science Education Committee

Hampden-Sydney:

Admissions and Financial Aid Committee

Freshman Advising

Honors Council

Academic Facilities Committee

Assessment Committee

Western Culture curriculum revision committee

Publications

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.

Genomic Sequence Database Entries

-#Hughes J.B., #Polakiewicz F.J., and Wolyniak M.J. (2014).  Mycobacterium phage Cheetobro, complete genome.  Submitted. (# 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

Honors & Awards

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

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Dartmouth College teaching postdoctoral fellowship, 2007-09.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grant in autoimmunity and connective tissue

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

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Virginia Branch

American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)

Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR)

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) 

Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT)