Professor Wolyniak Receives NSF Grant

May 22, 2014

Michael WolyniakDr. Michael Wolyniak, Assistant Professor of Biology at Hampden-Sydney College, has received a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in support of his collaborative research with the Undergraduates Phenotyping Arabidopsis Knockouts (unpack) network.

This grant will supply Hampden-Sydney with $118,000 which will provide stipends and materials for the college's student research projects.

unPAK is a consortium between Hampden-Sydney College, the College of Charleston, Barnard College, the University of Georgia, and the University of Texas-Austin. The network uses the mouse-ear cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), a small flowering plant, to provide a model for the study of plant genetics and ecology that can be applied to more complex plant systems.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." With an annual budget of $7.2 billion (FY 2014), it is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.

Dr. Wolyniak received his A.B. from Colgate University, his Ph.D. from Cornell University, and his postdoctoral training at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He teaches Genetics, Molecular Biology, Genomics, Biochemistry, and Public Health at Hampden-Sydney College. He has also served on the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Education Committee and the Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) Science Education Committee.