Kayly Lembke, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology

Research Interests

  • Motor neuron physiology
Kayly Lembke

Kayly Lembke joined the university as an assistant professor of biology in 2021. In the previous three years she worked as a postdoctoral research scholar in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, where her research focus was on neurotransmission and synaptic homeostatic potentiation using fruit flies as a model system.

She also taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for two years, and during that same time frame served as president of the University of Iowa Postdoctoral Association.

Previously, she was at Oregon Health & Science University for six years, where she earned a PhD in the School of Medicine’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, completing my degree in 2017. Lembke began her educational journey by earning a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Scripps College in Claremont, California, in 2010. 

Academic Background

BA, Biochemistry, Scripps College, Claremont, California (2010)
PhD, Oregon Health & Science University (2017)

Research Interests

Her graduate research focused on understanding defective motor neuron physiology in a Drosophila model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Outside the Classroom 

Lembke lives in Sherwood with her two cats, Blaine and George.