Lydia McKinstry focuses her teaching and research on organic chemistry, chemical synthesis, and NMR spectroscopy. Her interests include asymmetric synthesis methodology, chemical reaction dynamics, transition metal catalysis, and small molecule synthesis. One ongoing undergraduate research project involves the synthesis of a novel dipeptide analog molecule to be used in the development of specific protease enzyme inhibitors. Lydia earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Montana State University, a B.S. in molecular cell biology with a minor in chemistry at Fort Lewis College, and conducted postdoctoral research in asymmetric synthesis methodology at the California Institute of Technology.
B.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology, Fort Lewis College, 1989; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Montana State University, 1994.