Kyle M. Garland
Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Love Your Mellon /
ALSF POST Awardee
Kyle Garland was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up on Cape Cod. His interest in science and engineering began during his time at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. Kyle’s passion for engineering led him to Lehigh University, where he studied Bioengineering with a focus in Biopharmaceutical Engineering. While in Pennsylvania, Kyle worked as a teaching assistant, a tutor for the Chemistry Department, and a laboratory researcher in both the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Departments.
Kyle continued his research through various summer internships, including the Biosystems Dynamics Summer Institute. His work there resulted in the development of a novel mycolic acid assay that characterized the cell penetration and biofilm degradation involved in bacteriophage propagation mechanisms. Kyle also spent a summer working as a laboratory research assistant on the west coast of Ireland at NUI Galway, where he assisted graduate students with their ongoing projects in biomechanical engineering.
While pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt University, Kyle conducted research under the direction of Dr. John Wilson. His research has focused on developing novel cancer immunotherapeutics. Kyle has played for Vanderbilt's Division II ice hockey team and in his spare time, he enjoys intramural sports, grilling, and hiking with his miniature black lab, Max.