Kyle Van de Bittner
Dr Kyle Van de Bittner completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the University of Redlands in Southern California, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, before receiving a Fulbright Scholarship that brought him to New Zealand to start his PhD research at the University of Canterbury.
When his supervisor, Professor Emily Parker, moved her research to the Ferrier Research Institute in 2017, Kyle decided to make the move as well—a decision he says he’s glad he made, citing the supporting team environment and desire that the Ferrier Research Institute has to, “push science to its limit to develop new technologies that enhance life as we know it.”
After completing his PhD, Kyle took up a postdoctoral fellowship with the institute, which has allowed him to continue his research into the creation of fungal factories for industrial scale production of valuable secondary metabolites.
During his undergraduate study, Kyle joined an environmental chemistry project which brought together this love of science and the outdoors. He spent two years undertaking field sampling in the California’s Sierra Nevada high-alpine lakes, and says he was drawn to applied biotechnology because it speaks to his values around sustainability, efficiency and growth.
In addition to research, Kyle has supervised several undergraduate students, saying that seeing them develop in their ability and gain confidence in themselves as scientists is extremely rewarding.
View Kyle’s publications on Google Scholar.