Trained as a scientist, Kyle has published 11 peer-reviewed papers in highly respected journals including Science, Developmental Biology, StemBook, and the American Journal of Human Genetics. His competitive research awards include a pre-doctoral HHMI fellowship and a post-doctoral NRSA individual fellowship.
Kyle earned a B.S. degree with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998, majoring in bacteriology, genetics, and molecular biology. He earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2006 in the field of Developmental Biology. As a graduate student in David Kingsley’s laboratory, Kyle engineered transgenic mice and used a heterologous expression system to study the genetics and biochemistry of ANK, a recently discovered ion transport protein that maintains healthy bones and joints in mice and humans.
Kyle performed his post-doctoral work in the HHMI-funded laboratory of Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado from 2006-2010 at the University of Utah, where he studied stem cell biology and tissue regeneration in planarians, animals with astounding regenerative capacity. During this time, he published two first-author papers in Science describing how cell-to-cell signaling impacts whether stem cells choose to build a head or tail during regeneration. Kyle went on to establish his own planarian lab at the University of Pittsburgh before joining Bozicevic, Field, and Francis in 2012.