Chatham University

Biology Faculty and Staff

Lisa Lambert, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Chair of Science

Hometown : Fort Mitchell, KY
Joined Chatham : 1985

Academic Areas of Interest

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

Personal Areas of Interest

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.