Dr. Audrey Lamb is the newly appointed Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Director and Managing Trustee of the Self Fellowship. She received her doctorate in biochemistry from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. She joined the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in 2003 and is currently a Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Molecular Biosciences. Her main research interest focuses on mechanistic enzymology and structural biology to understand what makes an enzyme a biological catalyst. She specifically studies enzymes involved in metal acquisition and riboflavin biosynthesis by pathogenic bacteria. This basic science research can be applied to the design of new antibiotics, an important prospect due to the rapid increase in bacterial resistance. Audrey has a strong publication and funding record, which includes research awards from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the W. M. Keck Foundation.
Audrey is a decorated teacher and mentor, as a recipient of a 2009 W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, and a 2017 K. Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Mentor Award. She has a long record of supporting graduate education. She is a co-director of the Graduate Training Program in Chemical Biology, which includes a Graduate Certificate Program and a National Institutes of Health T32 Training Grant that funds ten trainees from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Pharmacy. Through these programs, she has pioneered a new curriculum that has an emphasis in career development in the biomedical sciences. She has also instituted a new mentor training program for NIH-funded training programs at KU.