Kristopher Hite, assistant professor of biochemistry, is one of a number of new faculty members hired in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences this academic year.

New positions were identified to bring talent to the college's focus areas, including food, health, the environment, and community viability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

Hite has two areas of focus: innovating undergraduate biochemical education and conducting basic research in the field of plant biochemistry. His research aims to define physical interactions among proteins with unknown biological function in the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana while providing hands-on research experience for undergraduates.

He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the State University of New York at Fredonia and his master’s degree and doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from Colorado State University.