Way Sung

Way Sung

Associate Professor
Bioinformatics 263

Degree Institution: University of New Hampshire, 2010.
Degree: Ph.D. Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Way Sung is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He received his PhD from the University of New Hampshire, and performed postdoctoral research at Indiana University. His contributions to the biological field include long term mutation-accumulation experiments in a number of different eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms that have helped illuminate the forces driving the evolution of mutation rate. His long-term research goals involve developing a comprehensive understanding how mutation, drift, selection, and recombination drive the evolutionary process.


  1. Sung, W., Ackerman, M. S., Gout, J. F., Miller, S. F., Williams, E., Foster, P. L., & Lynch, M. (2015). Asymmetric Context-Dependent Mutation Patterns Revealed through Mutation–Accumulation Experiments. Molecular biology and evolution, msv055.
  2. Sung, W., M. S. Ackerman, S. F. Miller, T. G. Doak and M. Lynch. Drift-barrier hypothesis and mutation-rate evolution (2012). Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109(45): 18488-18492.
  3. Sung, W., A. E. Tucker, T. G. Doak, E. Choi, W. K. Thomas and M. Lynch. Extraordinary genome stability in the ciliate Paramecium tetraurelia (2012). Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109(47): 19339-19344.
  4. Daphnia Genome Consortium. The ecoresponsive genome of Daphnia pulex (2011). Science 331(6017): 555-561.
  5. Denver, D. R., P. C. Dolan, L. J. Wilhelm, W. Sung, J. I. Lucas-Lledo, D. K. Howe, S. C. Lewis, K. Okamoto, W. K. Thomas, M. Lynch and C. F. Baer. A genome-wide view of Caenorhabditis elegans base-substitution mutation processes (2009). Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106(38): 16310-16314.
  6. Li, W., A. E. Tucker, W. Sung, W. K. Thomas and M. Lynch. Extensive, recent intron gains in Daphnia populations (2009). Science 326(5957): 1260-1262.
  7. Lynch, M., W. Sung, K. Morris, N. Coffey, C. R. Landry, E. B. Dopman, W. J. Dickinson, K. Okamoto, S. Kulkarni, D. L. Hartl and W. K. Thomas. A genome-wide view of the spectrum of spontaneous mutations in yeast (2008). Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 105(27): 9272-9277.

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