Todd Barsby – B.Sc., Ph.D. (UBC)
Todd joined the Faculty in the summer of 2006. He was previously an Assistant Professor at UOIT in Ontario, where he taught Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and General Chemistry. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Aquatic Chemical Ecology group at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was trained as an Aquanaut. Todd’s research interests include natural product drug discovery and chemical ecology. In particular, Todd is interested in the monitoring of natural toxins in aquatic ecosystems, and on elucidating the chemicals that aquatic organisms use for defense, mate location, and larval recruitment. Todd teaches first year chemistry (CHEM 140, 141, 142), second year organic (CHEM 231 and 232) and an upper level course in natural products (CHEM 433). Todd is currently Department Chair and can be reached at Todd.Barsby@viu.ca.
Shelley Gellein - B.Sc. (UVic)
Shelley has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Victoria. She spent several years analyzing soils and foliage for MacMillan Bloedel and the Pacific Forestry Centre (Environment Canada) Her work at Malaspina began in 1993 when she filled in as the Chemistry Lab Technician and then again in 1994 as a research technician analyzing the gases given off by stressed tree seedlings. Shelley returned to Malaspina to teach first year chemistry labs in 1999 and has been working here ever since. She now is a full time chemistry technician. Shelley can be reached at Shelley.Gellein@viu.ca.
Peter Diamente –B.Sc. (Carleton), M.Sc. (U.Vic)
Peter joined the department in the summer of 2006 and is one of two full-time chemistry lab technicians. He obtained his B.Sc. (Hons.) from Carleton University in 2001. He then spent a year working as an analytical chemist at Accutest Laboratories Ltd. in Ottawa, where he carried out analyses for high-profile contracts such as the Walkerton Inquiry. In 2005 he graduated with a M.Sc. of Chemistry in the field of luminescent nanotechnologies from the University of Victoria, and continued to work for another year as a research associate for the same group. He can be reached at Peter.Diamente@viu.ca
Duane Friesen - B.Sc., Ph.D. (Saskatchewan)
Duane joined the faculty in 2000. Previously, he was a research associate at the University of Calgary and the National Water Research Institute (Saskatoon), studying the use of TiO2 and polyoxotungstate catalysts in the presence of UV light for the destruction of organic contaminants in water. He was also a postdoc at the University of North Carolina, where he studied photoredox processes in metal complexes. Duane's interests include photochemical approaches to water and air decontamination, and the role of UV in mediating chemical processes in the environment. He teaches engineering chemistry (CHEM 150), physical chemistry (CHEM 241), inorganic (CHEM 222), Coordination Chemistry (CHEM 325), and Bio-Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 323). Duane can be reached at Duane.Friesen@viu.ca.
Christopher Gill - B.Sc., B.ScH (Acadia), Ph.D (UBC)
Chris joined the department in the fall of 1997. He had previously finished a Post Doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico working on developing new methods for detection of environmental contamination at government sites and then was a research associate at UBC also studying environmental contaminants. He is trained as an analytical chemist with an interest in laser spectroscopy and ion trap mass spectroscopy. He and Erik Krogh have been the main forces behind the establishment of the Applied Environmental Research Laboratory (AERL). Chris teaches practical spectroscopy (CHEM 213), chemical analysis (CHEM 311) and instrumental analysis (CHEM 312). He is also involved in the supervision of many CHEM 490 research students. Chris can be reached at Chris.Gill@viu.ca.
Jessie Key – B.Sc (hons) (TRU), Ph.D (U of A)
Jessie joined the Faculty in the fall of 2012. He has previously taught Organic Chemistry as a sessional lecturer at UBC-Okanagan and was an instructor for Academic Upgrading and Chemical Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Jessie’s main area of interest is Chemical Biology; with a focus on fluorophore synthesis, labelling and bioassay development. Jessie teaches first year (CHEM 140 and 142), Engineering Chemistry (CHEM 150), Organic Chemistry (CHEM 231 and 232), and Macromolecular Chemistry of Biomolecules (CHEM 432). Jessie can be reached at Jessie.Key@viu.ca
Erik Krogh - B.Sc. (Toronto), PhD. (UVic)
Erik joined the faculty at Malaspina in 1998. After two years as an NSERC post-doctoral researcher, he taught in the Chemistry and Water Quality programs at OUC. His research background includes mechanistic organic photochemistry in aqueous systems (UVic), the photochemistry of vision (University of Hawaii) and environmental photochemistry of haloaromatic molecules as models for PCBs and dioxins (Oregon State University). He and Chris Gill are Co-Directors of the Applied Environmental Research Laboratory (AERL), which is a nationally funded facility conducting pure and applied research on real time measurements of environmental processes. Erik is presently teaching first year (CHEM 142), Aqueous/Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 301/302), Environmental Chemical Analysis (CHEM 311) and Environmental Organic Chemistry (CHEM 431). He is also involved in the supervision of student research projects CHEM 490. He can be reached at Erik.Krogh@viu.ca.
Christine C. Tong, B.Sc. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (UVic)
Christine joined the department in summer 2012. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Regis University in Denver, Colorado where she taught general, analytical and environmental chemistry. Her prior experience includes post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Edinburgh, where she studied molecules used to extract metals in the mining industry, and the University of Southampton, where she studied chloride and carbonate transport across lipid bilayer membranes. Christine continues to be interested in membrane transport and supramolecular chemistry, especially in applications that may benefit the area of world development. She is somewhat nosey; therefore, interested in nearly everything else as well. Christine teaches first year chemistry (CHEM 140 and 142), practical spectroscopy (CHEM 213), and Bonding, Structure, and Properties (CHEM 441). She loves teaching and helping people and can be contacted at Christine.Tong@viu.ca.
Alexandra Weissfloch - B.Sc., Ph.D. (McGill)
Alexandra joined the Faculty in the fall of 2002. She had previously completed a year teaching Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry at Acadia University. Prior to that, she was a senior research chemist at Chemica Technologies, Inc. in Oregon where her research included drug delivery systems and enzyme immobilization on solid supports. While on leave from 2012-2014, Alexandra studied the fields of green chemistry and toxicology in order to help the chemistry program move towards a more sustainable curriculum. Alexandra’s main areas of interest are green chemistry in education and the use of biocatalysts in organic chemistry. She is presently teaching Organic Chemistry (CHEM 231 and 232), Bioorganic Chemistry (CHEM 334 ), Green Chemistry and Toxicology (CHEM 300), and Practical Spectroscopy (CHEM 213). Alexandra can be contacted at Alexandra.Weissfloch@viu.ca