Krystle J. McLaughlin PhD

Dr. Krystle J. McLaughlin is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Vassar College. She teaches General Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, and Biochemistry. 

Research in the McLaughlin Lab is focused on several diverse microbial systems including bacteria from the gut microbiome, investigating the spread of antibiotic resistance, and mycobacteriophages. The lab makes primary use of macromolecular x-ray crystallography, along with several biochemical & biophysical methods including fluorescence anisotropy, to investigate protein structure and function.  

Dr. McLaughlin is also interested in best practices in science pedagogy, with a particular focus on methods to improve retention of women and underrepresented groups. She has created and facilitated several workshops on research preparation for undergraduates, active learning techniques for teachers, and inclusive teaching best practices. 

While a Professor of Practice in the Department of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University, Dr. McLaughlin started a high school outreach program called PA DNA Day. Prior to Lehigh, Dr. McLaughlin worked as a postdoc in the Redinbo Lab, and also received pedagogy training as a scholar in the SPIRE program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.