Associate Professor of Chemistry

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Aaron Van Dyke received his B.S. in Chemistry from Seattle University as a Sullivan Scholar. He went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Working under Professor Timothy F. Jamison, Dr. Van Dyke developed methods for the synthesis of ladder polyether natural products. He then entered the field of Chemical Biology, training with Professor Anna K. Mapp at the University of Michigan as an American Cancer Society – Michigan Cancer Research Fund postdoctoral fellow. 

Professor Van Dyke began his independent career at Fairfield University in 2013. He was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. He has been recognized as Fairfield University's Undergraduate Teacher of the Year and received the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Advising and Mentoring Award. He serves on the National Selection Committee for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and is the Academic Chair of Fairfield's Sophomore Residential College Program.



Researcher from 2019 – present

B.S. in Biology, Class of 2021


My name is Nick Colorito, and I am from Suffern, New York.  I am a senior biology major at Fairfield University, and I officially joined the Van Dyke lab in the Fall of 2019. I enjoy contributing to the group as a biologist because I feel biology answered a lot of questions I had about the world, but there was still a fair bit of mystery and challenges that I could explore. I enjoy reading, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends.


Researcher from 2019 – present

Independently Designed Major, Class of 2022



My name is Matthew Little and I’m from Plymouth County, MA. I am undeclared, though I plan to major in a natural science-related discipline. In addition to chemical biology, I am interested in nutrition and natural resources. Outside of the lab, I enjoy sailing, hiking, and practicing Portuguese.