About Kyle

Kyle Lambert

2017-2020 – NIH Postdoctoral Fellow
Baylor University, Waco, TX

2012-2017 – Ph.D. Chemistry
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2008-2012 – B.S. Chemistry
University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

2008-2012 – B.S. Forensic Science
University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

Kyle was born and raised in Columbia, Connecticut. He attended the University of New Haven where he developed an interest in organic chemistry while pursing undergraduate research under the direction of Prof. Pier Cirillo, exploring ways to construct alkaloid natural products. In addition to chemistry, while at UNH, he competed as a pole vaulter on the varsity track and field team. Kyle graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and forensic science in 2012. In the fall of 2012, Kyle enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Connecticut and joined Prof. Bill Bailey’s group. His doctoral work focused the development of selective oxidations using oxoammonium salts and investigations into the role of electrostatic interactions in the conformational equilibria of saturated heterocycles.  During his free time in graduate school, Kyle was an assistant high school track and field coach and had the opportunity to coach a number of talented athletes at the conference, state, New England, and national levels. Kyle obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry in 2017. Following his graduate studies he left his home state of Connecticut and moved to Waco, Texas in order to pursue postdoctoral studies in Prof. John Wood’s laboratory at Baylor University. While in the Wood lab, Kyle conducted research in the area of natural product total synthesis and developed a ring-expansion strategy to access diketopiperazines and alkaloids that contain synthetically labile nitrogen-oxygen bonds. Kyle was able to obtain a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2018 in order to further develop this chemistry.  Kyle has since moved to Virginia to begin his independent career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Old Dominion University in the summer of 2020. When Kyle is not in the lab, he enjoys fishing, boating, and being outdoors hiking or running.