Alyssa B. Lypson, PhD, MS

Alyssa Lypson

Marketing and Communications Manager

Develop and execute all sciVelo marketing plans and initiatives to increase visibility and brand awareness amongst the University of Pittsburgh

PhD Candidate

Department of Chemistry
University of Pittsburgh

Molecular scaffolds; organic synthesis; conformational analysis

Education & Experience

Alyssa Lypson is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh’s Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on investigating peptide folding models for application in testing and improving computational methods and theories of biological recognition and in identifying guiding principles for drug design. Outside of her research, Alyssa is passionate about education and communication in healthcare and STEM fields. She leverages her scientific training and clinical and teaching experiences to drive strategic marketing and communications initiatives. Alyssa has over five years of clinical experience as a Pediatric, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine HCP-patient liaison, where she worked side by side with HCPs, patients and billing team to help deliver and maintain medical standards of care. Throughout Alyssa’s undergraduate and graduate careers, teaching and mentoring students has been of great significance and value. At Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, Alyssa led effective Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) environments as an organic chemistry workshop leader, in addition to teaching for various chemistry and biology courses. During her time as a Pitt Teaching Fellow, she has led the Honors General Chemistry Lab from 2013 to 2017 and was honored as a recipient of the Safford Award for Excellence as a Graduate Student Teacher in 2015. An advocate for STEM outreach, Alyssa serves as a Science Communication Fellow at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, in which she was selected as the featured SciComm Fellow for the Portal to the Public Implementation Manual led by the Pacific Science Center. Additionally, she volunteers as Communications Associate for Women In Bio-Pittsburgh and as one of “Two Scientists” at the Carnegie Science Center.


BS, Biochemistry, Allegheny College, 2009
MS, Organic Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, defended in 2014
PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, defended 2018

Research Experience

Graduate Research, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Craig Wilcox, PhD

  • PhD Dissertation: “Engineering the Beta–Turn Mimetic Torsion Balance for Conformational Control: Design, Synthetic Strategies, and NMR Analysis”
  • MS Dissertation: “Synthesis of the Conformationally Controlled β–Turn Mimetic Torsion Balance Core Scaffold”
    • Lypson, B.; Wilcox, C.S. “Synthesis and NMR analysis of a conformationally controlled beta-turn mimetic torsion balance,” J. Org. Chem., 2017, 82 (2), 898-909.
    • Lypson, B.; Wilcox, C.S. “Synthesis and NMR analysis of a conformationally controlled beta-turn mimetic torsion balance.” Abstr. Pap. Am. Chem. Soc., 252nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Philadelphia, PA, August 21–25, 2016; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, USA, 2016; ORGN–194.
  • Mass Spectrometry Assistant, Facility Director: Dr. Bhaskar Godugu

Undergraduate Research, Department of Biochemistry, Allegheny College
Advisor: Martin Serra, PhD

  • Senior Thesis, “Thermodynamic Investigation of Group III Single Nucleotide Bulge Loops in RNA Duplexes”

Teaching Experience

Graduate Teaching Experience, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
Teaching Assistant

  • General Chemistry I/II
  • Honors General Chemistry I/II
    • Siska, P.; Lypson, A.B.; Madison, T.A. Honors General Chemistry I/II Lab Manual. 4th ed. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh, 2017; 2016; 2012.
  • Safford Award for Excellence as a Graduate Student Teacher, 2015

Undergraduate Teaching Experience, Departments of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Allegheny College
Teaching Assistant

  • Multistep Synthesis
  • Organic Chemistry I/II

Workshop Leader

  • Organic Chemistry I/II

Clinical Experience

Practice of Jalit Tuchinda, M.D., P.C.
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, and Pediatric Medical and Billing Assistant

  • Extensive experience in assisting a versatile team of healthcare professionals to support patient care.
  • Developed knowledge of healthcare/pharmaceutical landscape & medication-based treatment.
  • Briefed HCPs on patient progress & test results; assisted HCPs during patient OVs & maintained EMRs.
  • Cared for pediatric & adult patients; listened, administered tests/injections & explained test results & treatment plans.