Krystle J. McLaughlin earned a B.A. in Physics from Colgate University in 2006, followed by a PhD in Biophysics at the University of Rochester in 2011. She was then a postdoctoral scholar in the SPIRE program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which emphasized teaching and pedagogical training, along with traditional research. Dr. McLaughlin joined the Vassar Chemistry department in 2017.
She teaches biochemistry, protein chemistry, and general chemistry. Her research interestes are focused on the biochemical and biophysical study of proteins from diverse microbial systems including the gut microbe Bacteroides ovatus, antibiotic resistant Staphyococcus & Salmonella, and Mycobacterium phages. Her lab makes primary use of macromolecular x-ray crystallography to investigate protein structure and function.