Dr. Amy Lane is an associate professor of chemistry and teaches organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry and electives in biochemistry. In her research, Lane explores marine bacteria as sources of molecules that may be useful as pharmaceuticals. Her research group aims to discover new compounds, as well as understand how seemingly “simple” bacteria are able to create complex chemical structures.
Lane recently received a prestigious national honor, awarded to only eight faculty members in the country. At a New York City ceremony, Lane was distinguished as a 2019 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, an award that provides an unrestricted grant of $75,000 to young faculty who are accomplished researchers and committed educators.
Get to Know Dr. Amy Lane
What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know?
The ocean is teeming with microorganisms. It’s been estimated there’s over a million microbes per milliliter of seawater! Fortunately for us, the vast majority of these are not harmful to humans — and some of them may even produce compounds useful as medicines of the future.
What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom?
Through the UNF TLO and Florida Institute of Oceanography programs, I’ve had the opportunity to take several groups of undergraduates on weeklong research trips at sea. It is awesome to witness student growth during these experiences.
What brought you to UNF?
I wanted a career focused on teaching and research with undergraduate students, so I targeted my faculty job search toward a place offering these strengths. UNF’s strength in marine science was also a selling point, and mild winters were an added bonus!
What do you like most about UNF?
I work with a terrific group of students and have the opportunity to shape their career paths and lives. That’s an incredible responsibility and honor.
If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say?
As humans, we can accomplish so much more by working together. Strive to find common ground with even those you disagree with and aim to keep moving forward.
What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate?
Many students agonize over landing their first job out of college, thinking this job is what they’ll do for the rest of their lives. In reality, few things are permanent, so it’s most important to use the first opportunity out of college as an experience to learn and grow. Take advantage of opportunities and view setbacks as learning experiences on the pathway to bigger and better things.