Lisa Lambert, Ph.D.

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Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Learning & Professor of Biology
Buhl - 128A

Hometown:  Fort Mitchell, KY
Joined Chatham:  1985


Molecular evolution of iron transport proteins (especially, transferrin, DMT1, hemojuvelin; iron uptake in bacteria, especially ferric binding proteins; co-evolution of proteins


Bridge, computer games, reading (science fiction and mysteries), travel


After earning a BS in Biology (1980, magna cum laude) from Furman University, I studied Genetics at Indiana University-Bloomington (PhD 1985). Just two days after turning in my thesis, I drove to Pittsburgh to join the faculty at Chatham, where I have also served as department chair (Biology), division chair (Natural Sciences), associate dean (Academic Affairs), and program director (MS Biology). During the 2013 calendar year, I did a sabbatical at the Harvard University School of Public Health, Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases. My research focuses on the evolution of the genes involved in iron transport and regulation using primarily a bioinformatics approach (phylogenetics, protein modeling, etc.) I have served as a panel reviewer for the NSF and NIH, as an external reviewer for several colleges, and as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of journals including BMC Genomics and the Journal of Molecular Evolution. Over the years I've offered over 20 different courses including genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, research methods, and developmental biology. I've also had the pleasure of supervising 12 thesis students and over 65 undergraduate tutorial students. I am married to Dr. Michael Lambert of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and we have two children and two cats.

  • B.S. Biology, Furman University (Greenville, SC), 1980 (magna cum laude)
  • Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), 1985
  • NSF S-STEM Award DUE-1259577 ""Preparing Female Scholars for Careers in Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry," $625,701
  • NIH F33 Fellowship-National Research Service Awards for Senior Fellows (2013 sabbatical at Harvard)
  • Project Bedrock Digital Scholar Mentor (HHMI-funded BioQuest initiative) 2002
  • NSF CCLI grant (co-PI) - The Fluorescence Spectrometer in the Undergraduate Chemistry and Biology Curriculum (1999)
  • 1989 EDPRESS Award National Winner, best “How To Do It” article
  • Project Kaleidoscope, Faculty for the 21st Century, Class of 1995
  • NSF Supplementary Grant for Small College Investigators (1990)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1980)
  • Rhodes Scholarship District Finalist (1979)
  • NIH Responsible Conduct of Research Certificate (spring 2013)
  • Babacanec C, Lambert LA. 2008. “Bioinformatics Approach to the Identification of Potential Sites of Interaction between HFE and TFR2.” Poster presentation: Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems, Duquesne University , December 2008.
  • Williams, KR, Lambert LA. 2007. “Evolutionary Conservation of Parvovirus VP2 and Transferrin Receptor 1 Residues.” Poster presentation: ABASM Regional Conference, November 2007.
  • Haslego-Hilton K, Lambert LA. 2006. “Evolution of hepcidin: an antimicrobial peptide.” Poster presentation: ABASM Regional Conference, November 2006.
  • Perri H, Johnson M, Lambert LA. 2004. “Patterns of amino acid conservation in clostridial neurotoxins.” Poster presentation: ABASM Regional Conference, November 2004.