Aaron J. Wyman, Ph.D.

Aaron WymanAssistant Professor of Biology

Office Location:  Stephens Hall 126
Phone Number: 630-844-5683
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 MS and PhD 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.  

PhD, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
MS, Biology - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
BS, Biochemistry with Honors, ACS certified, Cum Laude - Alma College

Areas of Specialization
Cellular Biology
Molecular Biology
Plant Physiology

Courses Taught
Advanced Cellular Biology
Biology of Cells
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