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Priscilla Van Wynsberghe

Priscilla Van Wynsberghe

Assistant Professor of Biology
Biology, 211 Olin Hall
p 315-228-6480


BA, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2001; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007

Teaching Experience

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2005-2006;
Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2002-2003


Microbiology, Molecular Biology, RNA biology, Genetics


Understanding how small RNAs called microRNAs, and the proteins that control microRNAs regulate development in the nematode C. elegans.


  • Gimenez-Barcons, M., I. Alves-Rodrigues, J. Jungfleisch, P.M. Van Wynsberghe, P. Ahlquist, and J. Diez. 2013. The cellular decapping activators Lsm1, Pat1, and Dhh1 control the ratio of subgenomic to genomic flock house virus RNAs. J. Virol. 87:6192-200.
  • Van Wynsberghe, P. M., and E. M. Maine. 2013. Epigenetic control of germline development. In “Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology - Germ Cell Development in C. elegans” (T. Schedl, Ed.), Springer Science, New York. 757:373-403.
  • 1Van Wynsberghe, P. M., 1S. P. Chan, F. J. Slack, and A. E. Pasquinelli. 2011. Analysis of microRNA expression and function. In “Methods in Cell Biology – Caenorhabditis elegans” (J. H. Rothman, Ed.), Elsevier Inc., San Diego. 106:219-52.
  • Van Wynsberghe, P. M., Z. S. Kai, K. B. Massirer, V. H. Burton, G. W. Yeo, and A. E. Pasquinelli. 2011. LIN-28 co-transcriptionally binds primary let-7 to regulate miRNA maturation in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 18:302-8.
  • 1Bracht, J. R., 1P. M. Van Wynsberghe, V. Mondol, and A. E. Pasquinelli. 2010. Regulation of lin-4 miRNA expression, organismal growth and development by a conserved RNA binding protein in C. elegans. Dev. Biol. 348:210-21.
  • Van Wynsberghe, P. M. and P. Ahlquist. 2009. 5’ cis-elements direct nodavirus RNA1 recruitment to mitochondrial sites of replication complex formation. J. Virol. 83:2976-88.
  •  Van Wynsberghe, P. M., H. R. Chen, and P. Ahlquist. 2007. Nodavirus RNA replication protein A induces membrane association of genomic RNA. J. Virol. 81:4633-44.
1 co-first authors

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at San Diego, 2007-2010; Postdoctoral Fellow, Syracuse University, 2010-2011


  • NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship 2009-2011
  • HMI Teaching Fellow 2005-2006
  • HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship 2001-2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa 2001
  • Sigma Xi Student Research Award 2001