Lisa Alty Professor of Chemistry

Lisa Alty

Science A329
Curriculum Vitae

Professional Positions

  • Professor of Chemistry, 2008 - present
  • Head, Department of Chemistry, 2006-2014
  • Coordinator, Health Professions Advisory Committee, 1995-present
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, 1993-2008
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 1987-1993 


  • Head, Department of Chemistry, 2006-2014
  • Registration and Class Schedules Committee, 2013-present
  • Coordinator, Health Professions Advisory Committee, 1995- present
  • Financial Aid Committee, 2014-present
  • Committee on Courses and Degrees, 1998-2006

Professional Organizations

  • Member, MR5 Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), 2008-2011.

This committee conducted the fifth comprehensive review of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT®). An advisory panel of 21 medical education, student, and undergraduate representatives from the United States and Canada conducted the review.


  • Southeastern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions

     Past President, 2009-2011, and head of Nominations Committee
     President, 2006-09
     President-Elect, 2005-06
     Member, Program Committee for 2009 SAAHP Meeting
     Chair, Program Committee for 2007 SAAHP Meeting
     Member, Program Committee for 2005 SAAHP Meeting
     Member, Board of Directors, 2000-03, 2005-2011


  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions

      Member, Board of Directors, 2006-2010
      Member, Program Committee, 2004 National Meeting
      Staff Benefits Task Force, 2007


  • Virginia Academy of Sciences - Secretary, 1992

      Councilor, Medical Sciences Section, 1990
      Secretary, Medical Sciences Section, 1992


  • American Chemical Society

       Division of Medicinal Chemistry
       Chemical Education Division


  • 1987 Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Pharmacy
    • Dissertation Topic: Synthesis of Alpha Antagonists for use as Probes of Receptor Topography
  • 1982 B.S., Chemistry, College of William and Mary


Laboratory instruction in chemistry


  • Chem 241 Organic Chemistry I with Lab
  • Chem 242 Organic Chemistry II with Lab
  • Chem 243 Organic Spectroscopic Methods Laboratory
  • Chem 399 Medicinal Chemistry of Blood Pressure Regulation

Courses previously taught:

  • Chem 341 Biochemistry
  • Chem 343 Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Chem 243 Spectroscopic Methods

Selected Publications

Alty, L. T.; LaRiviere, F. J. “Peptide Mass Fingerprinting of Egg White Proteins” J. Chem. Educ., 2016, 93 (4), 772–777.

Alty, L. T.; France, M. B.; Alty, I. G. Saber, C. A.; Smith, D. M. “Synthesis of 1,1-Diphenylethylene (DPE): The Marriage of a Grignard Reaction and a Column Chromatography Experiment” J. Chem. Educ., 2016, 93 (1), 206–209.

Alty, L. T. "Analysis of Fatty Acid Methyl Esters in Egg Yolk using GC-MS" J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86, 962-965.

Alty, Lisa T. Monoterpene Unknowns Identified Using IR, 1 H-NMR, 13C-NMR, DEPT, COSY, and HETCOR J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 1387-9.

France, M.B., Alty, L.T., Earl, T.M. Synthesis of a 7-oxanorbornene Monomer: A Two-Step Sequence Preparation for the Organic Laboratory, J. Chem. Educ. 1999, 76, 659-660.

Alty, L.T. Multitasking, J. Chem. Educ. 1993, 70, 663-665.


  • 1994 Alpha Epsilon Delta, Premedical Honor Society
  • 1989 Mednick Foundation Fellowship
  • 1987 Sigma Xi
  • 1986 Rho Chi, Pharmacy Honor Society
  • 1984-85 A. H. Robins Graduate Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry
  • 1982-83 A. D. Williams Predoctoral Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry

Grants Awarded

  • National Science Foundation Major Research and Instrumentation Grant, "MRI: Acquisition of a Liquid Chromatograph Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer to Enhance Research at Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute" $282,226, Lisa Alty (PD/PI), with Uffelman and France, 7/2009.
  • Treakle Foundation Grant in Support of Improvements to the Biochemistry Laboratory, $2000.00, with LaRiviere, 8/2006.
  • Treakle Foundation Grant in Support of Equipment to Build a New Biochemistry Laboratory, 2500.00, 8/2003.
  • National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program, "Multinuclear Gradient Inverse Probe, Amplifier, and Overnight Low Temperature Dewar for High-Field NMR Spectroscopy in the Chemistry Department at Washington and Lee University", $70,830.00, with Uffelman, France, and Desjardins, 6/2003.
  • National Science Foundation Instrument and Laboratory Improvement Program, "High-Field Multinuclear NMR in Undergraduate Education at Washington and Lee University", $99,500, with Uffelman and France, 1996.