Lisa Alty John T. Herwick, M.D. Professor of Chemistry

Lisa Alty

Science A329
540.458.8927
altyl@wlu.edu

Professional Positions

  • John T. Herwick, M.D. Professor of Chemistry, 2018-present
  • Professor of Chemistry, 2008-present
  • Head, Department of Chemistry, 2006-2014, July 2018-present
  • Coordinator, Health Professions Advisory Committee, 1995-present
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, 1993-2008
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 1987-1993 

University Service

  • Head, Department of Chemistry, 2006-2014, July 2018-present
  • Coordinator, Health Professions Advisory Committee, 1995-present
  • Registration and Class Schedules Committee, 2013-present
  • Student Financial Aid Committee, 2015-present
  • Committee on Courses and Degrees, 1998-2006
  • Generation Education Steering Committee and General Education Review Committeed, 2003-2005

External Professional Service

  • 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, 1992-1993
    • Councilor, Medical Sciences Section, 1990-1992
    • Secretary, Medical Sciences Section, 1992-1995

Education

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

Research

Laboratory instruction in chemistry

Teaching

  • Chem 241 Organic Chemistry I
  • Chem 241L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Chem 242 Organic Chemistry II 
  • Chem 242L Organic Chemistry II 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.

Presentations

  • "Peptide Mass Fingerprinting of Egg White Proteins" American Chemical Society Meeting, Philadelphia, P.A. 08/21/2016. Poster.
  • "Synthesis of 1, 1-Diphenylethylene (DPE): The Marriage of a Grignard Reaction and a Column Chromatography Experiment" American Chemical Society Meeting, Boston, M.A. 8/20/2015. Poster.

Awards

  • 2018 John T. Herwick, M.D. Professorship in Chemistry
  • 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

  • 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.