Assistant professor of
Chemistry and Biological
Angeline Lyon, assistant professor of chemistry and biological
sciences, arrived at Purdue in 2014.
She leads a team of graduate students and undergrads in her
lab within the Brown Laboratory of Chemistry. Lyon also teaches
both levels of students, and she has a presence in Hockmeyer Hall
of Structural Biology.
Lyon’s research focuses on understanding the molecular
mechanisms regulating a family of enzymes involved in eukaryotic
cell physiology, called Phospholipase C enzymes. Her work has
potential applications in the prevention and treatment of
cardiovascular disease and cancer.
;8:09 a.m. – Lyon lives in a quaint house in Lafayette near
Columbian Park. Her favorite part of the morning is walking
her two small dogs, Poppy and Murphy, before heading to
campus. Murphy is 13 years old and has been with Lyon through
many academic achievements.
“He was a graduation present when I got my bachelor’s degree
(in biochemistry from the University of Texas),” she says. “He
has moved across the country and witnessed all sorts of events
like a PhD defense and getting a faculty position.”
;8:39 a.m. – Lyon’s laboratory consists of “a little army” of five
graduate students, eight undergraduates and a technician, and
it is running smoothly today.
;11 a.m. – Lunch is in her office while going over slides for her
;Noon – In Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, Lyon leads a
small chemistry lecture to mostly graduate students and a few
;1: 32 p.m. – Lyon makes another sweep of the lab. The student
researchers are buzzing around.
;2:03 p.m. – On her way to run an errand at Lilly Hall of Life
Sciences, Lyon stops in at LavAzza inside Marriott Hall. This
coffee stop is halfway between Brown/ Wetherill and Hockmeyer,
the buildings where she spends the most time. An iced coffee
with cream and a lemon twist pastry later, she is ready to cross
State Street and tackle the biological sciences side of her work.
;2:11 p.m. – Lyon swings by the Department of Biological
Sciences main office in Lilly Hall to contribute to a discretionary
fund set up for sick colleagues and their family members.
;2: 28 p.m. – Lyon runs into graduate student Jozlyn Clasman,
on whose preliminary PhD committee Lyon sits. The professor
shares some encouraging words for the young scientist
preparing for her candidacy exam.
;2:43 p.m. – Numerous biochemistry and structural biology
faculty members share a sort of locker room of crystallization
samples on the third floor of Hockmeyer. Each professor has
three cabinets full of stacked trays and wells. A pair of high-powered microscopes allows these researchers to check on
“I was just looking to see, ideally, if there were protein crystals
there. That’s the Holy Grail,” Lyon says.