Ph.D. in Chemistry, Northwestern University

B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught

Chem 117: Introductory Chemistry

Chem 230: Organic Chemistry I

Chem 225: Instrumental Analysis

Chem 360: Antibiotic Discovery

Research Interests

medicinal chemistry, antibiotic discovery, chemistry in art, technical analysis of art


Contextualizing Chemistry in Art and Archaeology: Inspiration for Instructors, ACS Symposium Series Book, 2021. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2021-1386

Evolutionary Genome Mining for the Discovery and Engineering of Natural Product Biosynthesis, 2021. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-0716-2273-5_8

Mechanisms of resistance to aminoglycoside antibiotics: overview and perspectives MedChemComm, 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C5MD00344J

Molecular mechanism for isoform-selective inhibition of acyl protein thioesterases 1 and 2 (APT1 and APT2) ACS Chem Biol, 2016, doi: 10.1021/acschembio.6b00720

Intramolecular hydrogen bonding: A potential strategy for more bioavailable inhibitors of neuronal nitric oxide synthase Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, 2012 DOI: 10.1016/j.bmc.2012.01.037 

For a complete list of publications, Google Scholar profile.

Kristin J. Labby

Associate Professor of Chemistry

 Pronouns: she/her/hers  Email:  Phone: 608-363-2273  Office: Room 419, Sanger Center for the Sciences

In addition to teaching chemistry, I contribute to the Health and Society and Biochemistry programs. I also advise students who are interested in going on to work in the health professions by working with the Health and Healing Channel and the Health Professions Advising Committee.

I trained as a medicinal chemist which draws upon organic chemistry and biochemistry. I’ve had over ten years of work in academic research labs, and have been teaching at Beloit College since the fall of 2014. I’m pleased to be able to include students in my research toward finding solutions to the antibiotic resistance crisis. We’re part of the Tiny Earth project and Beloit biology students are also participating.

I also have interests at the intersection of chemistry and art; I incorporate technical studies of art and artifacts into my instrumental analysis chemistry courses. Beloit College’s museums are a great resource for this.

As a teacher, I strive to include hands-on labs and authentic research experiences into my classes whenever possible. My favorite part of working at Beloit is collaborating with students on research projects.

When not in the lab, I like applying my scientific thinking to gardening and baking (kind of like chemistry, but more fruitful or yummy outcomes!), and I like biking and walking/hiking, and reading (both science and non-science!).

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