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  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry


  • BS, Trinity University, 2008
  • PhD, The Scripps Research Institute, 2012


Professor Ryno’s teaching interests are biochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, and general chemistry.

Research in the Ryno lab utilizes techniques in molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry and focuses on exploring new methods to mitigate antibiotic resistance. A considerable amount of effort is being placed in the development and discovery of antibiotics that not only inhibit general bacterial viability but also target particular mechanisms of virulence such as toxin function, delivery and adhesion of bacteria. Despite the numerous advances in antibiotic development, the rapid evolution of bacterial resistance to different mechanisms of antibiotic treatment calls for a constant influx of bactericidal agents that work through novel mechanisms.

The Ryno lab studies the problem of antibiotic resistance from two separate angles. We will explore small molecule inhibitors of specific chaperones involved in the protein homeostasis of the periplasm, and we will also investigate specific pathways in Gram-negative bacteria that are involved in stress-responsive signaling and their impact on the formation of biofilm.


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Research interests include antibiotic resistance, stress-responsive signaling, and chaperone-client protein-protein interactions.


  • Lisa Ryno Publishes Blog Entry

    June 11, 2019

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lisa Ryno published a blog post titled "Tackling Summer Boredom" on the Council on Undergraduate Research's Division of Chemistry website.

  • Cottine and Ryno Co-author

    September 19, 2018

    Assistant Professor of Religion Cheryl Cottine and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lisa Ryno co-authored the article "Biological Impact and Ethical Implications of Pesticide Use: A Short Module for Upper-Division-Undergraduate Biochemistry Courses" published in the Journal of Chemical Education.

  • Lisa Ryno Receives Award

    February 16, 2018

    Lisa Ryno, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received the Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell Scholar Award for her proposal, "Investigating the Impact of fliA Overexpression on the Formation and Composition of E. coli Biofilms at Different Temperatures." Ryno was one of 24 who received this $100,000 award given to early career academic scientists to use at their discretion for research and teaching.