Dr. Wolyniak came to Hampden-Sydney College in 2009.

A.B., Colgate University, 1998

Ph.D., Cornell University, 2004 

postdoctoral research, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, 2004-09

Teaching Interests

Molecular Biology
Public Health

Committee Assignments & Service

Board Member, Virginia Math and Science Coalition
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Education Committee , 2010-16
Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Councilor, Biology Division
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Oversight Committee
Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) Vice-President and Science Education Committee (current committee chair)

Admissions and Financial Aid Committee
Freshman Advising Honors Council (current committee chair)
Academic Facilities Committee
Assessment Committee
Core Cultures committee


Murren C.J., Wolyniak M.J., Rutter M.T., Bisner A., Callahan H.S., Strand A.E., and Corwin L.A.  (2019) Students learn to "unPAK" the phenome of Arabidopsis: Student outcomes and design of an adaptable network CURE. In press, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.

#Bloodworth, L.F., Wolyniak, M.J., and Challa, A.K.  (2019).  A modular workflow to effectively integrate CRISPR-Cas9 technology with the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology in undergraduate laboratories.  In revision, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors).

Rutter M.T., Murren C.J., Callahan H.S., Bisner A., Leebens-Mack J., Wolyniak M.J., and Strand A.E. (2019) Distributed phenomics with the unPAK project reveals the effects of mutations.  In revision, The Plant Journal.

Kim S., Nguyen Q.B., Wolyniak M.J., Frechette G., #Lehman C.R., #Fox B.K., and Sundstrom P.  (2018). Release of transcriptional repression through the HCR promoter region confers uniform expression of Hwp1 on surfaces of Candida albicans germ tubes.  PLoS ONE. 13(2):e0192260. (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors)

Wolyniak M., Reyna N., Plymale R., Pope W., and Westholm D. (2018). Mass spectrometry as a tool to enhance "-omics" education. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 19(1): doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1459

Wolyniak M.J., Bemis L.T., and Prunuske A.J.  (2015).  Improving medical students' knowledge of genetic disease: A review of current and emerging pedagogical practices.  Advances in Medical Education and Practice 6:597-607.

Prunuske A.J., Wick S., and Wolyniak M.J. (2015).  Response to Overcoming the Barrier to Implementing Authentic Research Experiences through Faculty Mentorship: The ASCB Mentoring in Active Learning and TEaching (MALT) Program Is Designed to Facilitate Vision and Change-Inspired Teaching Practices.  CBE-Life Sciences Education 14(3): pii.

Leung W., Shaffer C.D., Reed L.K., Smith S.T., Barshop W., Dirkes W............Wolyniak M.J., #Robertson G.M. #Smith S.I., et al. (2015).  Drosophila Muller F elements maintain a distinct set of genomic properties over 40 million years of evolution.  G3:Genes, Genomes, Genetics 5(5):719-740. (# 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. CBE-Life Sciences 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

-#Reinartz DM, #Allgood CW, #Jackson RI, #McGaughey TA, Wolyniak MJet al. (2018).  Mycobacterium phage Angelique, complete genome.  GenBank MH651167.  (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors).  

-#Bagnal JW, #Maestrello LC, #Morgan RW, #Weiland HS, Wolyniak MJet al. (2018).  Mycobacterium phage Beyoncage, complete genome.  GenBank MH576972. (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors).  

-Schmidt CW, Madsen EW, Primus AR, Wiegand JM, Wolyniak MJ, Westholm DE, et al. (2017).  Mycobacterium phage Idleandcovert, complete genome.  GenBank KY464936.

-Anderson AK, Hovland CJ, Marier ML, Rasche TL, Stenseng RS, Wiegand JM, Wolyniak MJ, Westholm DE, et al. (2017).  Mycobacterium phage Maxxinista, complete genome.  GenBank KY549152.

-Anselmo AF, Braun MR, Demming SE, Johnson RI, Kranig CJ, Restrepo Toro I, Wolyniak MJ, Westholm DE, et al. (2016).  Mycobacterium phage Lukilu, complete genome.  GenBank KX831080.

-#Bowen EK, #Bugbee RN, #Bushhouse DZ, #Dimmick JT, #Echols WR, #Gladden TG, #Griffin GS, #Morgan RW, #Reekes TH, #Reinartz DM, #Robinson HH, #Smith CW, #Tabrani ZP, #Thomas HL, #Tyler JA, #Watson TE, Wolyniak MJet al. (2017).  Mycobacterium phage Thespis, complete genome.  GenBank MG198785 (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors).

-#Dimmick JT, #Godfrey GW, #Banning WJ, #Cavallarin MD, #Isom TO, #Mohammed HKEC, #Parker JP, #Polakiewicz FJ, #Smith JH Wolyniak MJet al. (2016).  Mycobacterium phage McFly, complete genome. GenBank KU695582 (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors).

-#Hughes JB, #Polakiewicz FJ, #Whitt AR, Wolyniak MJet al. (2014).  Mycobacterium phage Cheetobro, complete genome.  GenBank KJ944841.1 (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors).

-#Frazier SB, #Hughes JB, #Mavromatis CJ, #Miller KA, #Park JD, #Robertson GM, Wolyniak MJ, et al. (2012). Mycobacterium phage Arturo, complete genome. GenBank JX307702.1  (# denotes Hampden-Sydney College student authors).  

-Korber J, Adams SD, Austriaco N,.................Wolyniak MJ, et al. (2012).  Mycobacterium phage Spartacus, complete genome.  GenBank JQ300538.1

Honors & Awards

American Society for Cell Biology Public Engagement Grant funded by the Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation, 2018.

Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition "Program That Works" Award, 2018

Thomas Edward Crawley Award for service to the College, 2017.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Award, 2017-20.

Elliott Professorship, 2016.

Dominion Higher Education Partnership Award, 2016-17.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Award, 2014-18.

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, 2016, 2017.

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 (Colgate University)

Omicron Delta Kappa, Lambda Circle

Professional Affiliations

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)