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Our Faculty
Lisa Lambert, Ph.D.
Chatham Faculty

Associate Professor and Program Director, MS Biology

Hometown : Fort Mitchell, KY

Joined Chatham : 1985

Academic Areas of Interest
molecular evolution of iron transport proteins, transferrins, ferric binding proteins, antimicrobial peptides, co-evolution of proteins, bioinformatics

Personal Areas of Interest
Bridge, computer games, reading (science fiction and mysteries)

Biography
I received my BS in Biology (magna cum laude) from Furman University in 1980. Afterward, I studied genetics at Indiana University (Bloomington) and was awarded the PhD in 1985. I taught genetics at IU that summer, then began at Chatham in the fall. I have served as department chair (Biology), division chair (Natural Sciences), and associate dean (Academic Affairs). I was the faculty 'shepherd' for the Buhl Hall renovation project and faculty coordinator of the ubiquitous computing initiative. I currently serve as director for the MS Biology program. I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Project Kaleidoscope, and the American Society for Microbiology. 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. I have supervised 11 thesis students and over 65 undergraduate tutorial students. Over the years I've offered nearly 20 different courses including genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and developmental biology. I am married to Dr. Michael Lambert of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and we have two children, two cats, and one rabbit.
Education
B.S. Biology, Furman University (Greenville, SC), 1980 (magna cum laude)
Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), 1985
Publications
Molecular evolution and selection pressure in alpha-class carbonic anhydrase family members. Biochim. BioPhys. Acta. (2011) Jul 18. McDevitt ME; Lambert LA.
Molecular evolution of the transferrin family and associated receptors. Biochim. BioPhys. Acta. (2011) Jun 15. Lambert, LA.
The structure and evolution of the murine inhibitor of carbonic anhydrase: A member of the transferrin superfamily. (2010) Protein Science: 19(9): 1616-1626. Eckenroth BE, Mason AB, McDevitt ME, Lambert LA, Everse SJ.
Molecular evolution and characterization of hepcidin gene products in vertebrates. (2008) Gene: 415(1-2): 40-48. Hilton KM; Lambert LA
A novel murine protein with no effect on iron homeostasis is homologous to transferrin and is the putative inhibitor of carbonic anhydrase (2007) Biochemical Journal 406(1): 85-95. Wang F, Lothrop AP, James NG, Griffiths TA, Lambert LA, et al.
Molecular evolution of hemojuvelin and the repulsive guidance molecule (RGM) family. (2007) Journal of Molecular Evolution Jul;65(1):68-81. Camus, LM; Lambert, LA.
Molecular evolution of the transferrin receptor/glutamate carboxypeptidase II family. (2007) Journal of Molecular Evolution 64(1):113-28. Lambert, LA; Mitchell, SL.
Evolution of the transferrin family: Conservation of residues associated with iron and anion binding. (2005) Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B 142(2):129-41. Lambert, L; Perri, H; Halbrooks, PJ; Mason, AB.
Evolution of duplications in the transferrin family of proteins. (2005) Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B.140(1):11-25. Lambert, LA; Perri, H; Meehan, T.
Disease Detective. American Biology Teacher, October 1989. (EDPRESS Award winner) Lambert, LA.
Awards
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)
Organizations
Genetics Society of America
Phi Beta Kappa
The American Society for Microbiology
Presentations
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.
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