Aaron J. Wyman, Ph.D.

Aaron WymanAssistant Professor of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location:  Stephens Hall, Room 126
Telephone: 630-844-5683
Fax:  630-844-3852    
Email Address: awyman@aurora.edu

Born and raised in a Mid-Michigan farming community, I earned my undergraduate degree at a liberal arts college where faculty and students worked as colleagues.  This environment pushed students toward a stronger understanding of concepts and applications in their fields of study.  The experience was instrumental in my earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and drove me to obtain a faculty position at a similar Midwestern institution where I could assist students in developing as scientists and people.  I have found that school in Aurora University, where I promote student development by establishing a mutual collaboration of teaching and learning between both parties, frequently encouraging student critical thinking and analytical skills, and providing a clear emphasis that a liberal arts education rooted is essential for their becoming better scientists and citizens.  

Education
Ph.D.-Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology-University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
M.S.-Biology-University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
B.S.-Biochemistry with Honors, ACS certified, Cum Laude-Alma College

Areas of Specialization
Biochemistry
Cellular Biology
Molecular Biology
Plant Physiology

Courses Taught
Advanced Cellular Biology
Biochemistry
Biology of Cells
Biotechnology
Genetics
Molecular Biology
Plant Physiology

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Student Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Carolina-CH and Induction into
the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,
1999

Wyman, A. J. and Yocum, C. F.  Function of the Disulfide Bond of the Photosystem II Manganese Stabilizing Protein.  Photo. Res. 85: 359-372, 2005.

Wyman, A. J. and Yocum, C. F.  Assembly and Function of the Photosystem II Manganese Stabilizing Protein: Lessons from its Natively Unfolded Behavior.  Photo. Res. 84: 283-288, 2005.   

Wyman, A. J., Popelkova, H., and Yocum, C. F.  Site-Directed Mutagenesis of Conserved C-Terminal Tyrosine and Tryptophan Residues of PsbO, the Photosystem II Manganese Stabilizing Protein, Alters Its Activity and Fluorescence Properties.  Biochemistry 47(24): 6490-8, 2008.

Recipient of New Investigator Award and Invited Speaker, Ninth International Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues.  "Factors Influencing Calcium Oxalate Crystallization within the Kidney-like Malpighian Tubules of Silkworm (Bombyx mori)", 2007.  

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Faculty Mentor to Aurora University Science Club 2008-present

Other Interests
In conjunction with my wife, Anne:
Exercising
Participating in and watching sporting events
Traveling