Professor of Biology
“STAC students are hard-working, respectable young men and women. They make STAC a great place to call home.”
Dr. Ryan Wynne knew at the age of 15 that his life would be spent in the sciences, but it wasn’t until his junior year in college that he could pinpoint the exact science: biochemistry. He says he owes it all to an organic chemistry professor with whom he stays in touch to this day.
“In college, I was introduced to a tremendous faculty member who was a biochemist. At the time, I was on fence about my career options, but this professor made me want to teach,” Wynne recollects. “Seeing how much she enjoyed interacting with students, I realized that’s what I want to do.”
In 2008, after finishing his post-doctoral research at the University of Rochester, Wynne applied for a position at St. Thomas Aquinas College. It was a perfect fit.
“I was looking to get back to a smaller school where I could mentor students and have one-on-one relationships with them,” Wynne says. “I love research, but I knew I didn’t want to work in a lab all day. That wasn’t for me.”
So Wynne found a way to do both. In addition to teaching courses in biochemistry, genetics, and neurobiology and serving as director of the college’s Honors Program, Wynne maintains an active research schedule and involves his students in it.
Last year, Wynne and four of his honors students conducted a yearlong research project measuring hormone levels in fish to better understand how they shape the structure and function of the vertebrate brain. The students presented the results of their research at STAC’s IGNITE, an undergraduate research symposium Wynne helped create.
“At STAC, it’s more than a faculty/student relationship,” Wynne says. “When our students graduate, they aren’t just alumni, they are colleagues and friends.”
In his free time, Wynne enjoys spending time with his family, doing home improvement projects and playing video games.
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B.A., Biochemistry/Chemistry, East Stroudsburg University
Ph.D., Lehigh University