Chemistry @ Dal
Dalhousie University

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DR. ALISON THOMPSON
 
 
Professor
Curriculum Vitae, February 2016

Employment

  - Full Professor, 2009-present, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
- Senior Scientist, Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI), 2013-present
- Associate Professor, 2006-2009, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
- Assistant Professor, 2001-2006, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
- Sessional Lecturer, 1998-2001, part-time, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada.
- Royal Society/NATO Post-doctoral Fellow, Strasbourg, France. Research with Professeur Arlette Solladie-Cavallo. "Catalytic asymmetric reactions using homochiral ketones and amines."
- Postdoctoral Fellow, 1997-1999 and Research Associate, 1999-2001, UBC, Vancouver, Canada. Research with Professor David Dolphin self-assembly of dipyrromethene complexes.

Awards

  - 2015 Dalhousie University Undergraduate Chemistry Society Teaching Award
- 2012-2017 Faculty of Science Killam Professor.
- 2008 Harry Shirreff Prize.
- 2008 Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines/Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines Award.
- 2006/2007 Killam Prize.
- 2006 AstraZeneca Award in Chemistry.
- University Faculty Award, 2001-2006, NSERC, financial support.
- The Chair's Fund, Gordon Conference Stereochemistry, Rhode Island, 2000.
- Royal Society/NATO Post-doctoral Fellowship, 1996-1997.
- The Turner Prize, Best Thesis of 1996, The University of Sheffield, UK.
- Roberts-Boucher Graduate Scholarship, University of Sheffield and Zeneca, 1993-1996

Education

  - University of Sheffield, UK, Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) 1996. Graduate studies with Professor Varinder K. Aggarwal thesis entitled "Sulfur mediated catalytic and asymmetric epoxidation and aziridination."
- Sheffield College, UK, Advanced-level diploma, 1995 (French).
- University of Leicester, UK, B.Sc. Honours, First Class (Chemistry), 1993. Honours project with Professor Martin Harger "Intramolecular nucleophilic displacement of halogen by phosphinate and thiophosphinate anions."
- Joseph Whitaker School, Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, UK. 8 General Certificate of Secondary Education diplomas, 1988, and 5 Advanced-level diplomas 1990 (Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and General Studies).

Funding

  - Nova Scotia Support Grant 2015-2017, training grant via the Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF), $49,600.
- NSERC PromoScience 2014-2017, SuperNOVA's Ocean Science and Technology enabling the delivery of oceans-related science and technology programming to youth K-12, $100,000.
- CIHR 2014-2017, operating funding via Regional Partnership Program (RPP) $172,932.
- BHCRI 2014-2016, operating funding to support RPP $22,934.
- 2013-2015 QEII/BCSC operating grant via the BHCRI, $60,000.
- 2013-2014 NSHRF Scotia Support Grant, $50,000.
- 2013-2016 CBCF operating grant, $90,000.
- 2012-2013 NSHRF Development Grant, $15,000.
- 2012-2017 Killam Trusts $10,000.
- NSERC Discovery Grant, $55,000 per annum, 2012-2017. Project entitled "Synthesis and Applications of Pyrroles, Dipyrrins and their Complexes".
- CIHR/NSHRF, Regional Partnership Programme, $70,000,2011.
- 2008 Harry Shirreff Prize $4,000, 2008/2009.
- Canadian Breast-Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Chapter Research Grant $60,000, 2008.
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant, $113,449 per annum, 2008-2011.
- NSERC Discovery Grant, $45,000 per annum, 2007-2012. Project entitled "Synthesis and Applications of Dipyrromethenes."
- Killam Prize, $2,000, 2006/2007.
- NSERC CRD, $100,000 over two years, 2006-2008.
- AstraZeneca, $100,000 over two years, 2006-2008.
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Regional Partnership Programme, $128,617 over three years, 2005-2008.
- Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Regional Partnership Programme, $64,308, 2005.
- Canadian Breast-Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Chapter Research Grant $40,000, 2004.
- Dalhousie Cancer Research Program, $22,000, 2004.
- NSERC Discovery Grant, $40,000 per annum, 2004-2007. Project entitled "Synthesis & Applications of Homochiral Dipyrromethene Complexes."
- Canada Foundation for Innovation Grant (New Opportunities), $510,000.
- NSERC Operating Grant, $40,000 per annum, 2001-2004. Project entitled "Applications of Dipyrromethene Complexes."
- Start-Up Funding, 2001, Dalhousie University.

Teaching Experience

  - 2015-2016, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 380 students.
- 2015-2016, Our Organic World, Chemistry 2488, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 6 students.
- 2014-2015, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 330 students.
- 2014-2015, Advanced Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 4401/5401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 15 students.
- 2013-2014, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 330 students.
- 2013-2014, Advanced Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 4401/5401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 8 students.
- 2012-2013, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 330 students.
- 2011-2012, Our Organic World, Chemistry 2488, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 80 students.
- 2011-2012, Our Organic World, Chemistry 2488, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 80 students.
- 2011-2012, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 315 students.
- 2010-2011, Our Organic World, Chemistry 2488, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 66 students.
- 2010-2011, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 281 students.
- 2009-2010, Our Organic World, Chemistry 2488, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 45 students.
- 2009-2010, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 279 students.
- 2006-2007, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 205 students.
- 2005-2006, Advanced Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 4401/5401,Dalhousie University, enrolment of 9 students.
- 2005-2006, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 230 students.
- 2004-2005, Advanced Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 4401/5401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 3 students.
- 2004-2005, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 229 students.
- 2003-2004, Advanced Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 4401/5401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 5 students.
- 2003-2004, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 105 students.
- 2002-2003, Introductory Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 2401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 105 students.
- 2001-2002, Advanced Organic Synthesis, Chemistry 4401/5401, Dalhousie University, enrolment of 11 students.
- 2000-2001, Structural Chemistry, Chemistry 121, UBC enrolment of 169 students.
- 1999-2000, General Chemistry, Chemistry 122, UBC enrolment of 152 students.
- 1998-1999, General Chemistry, Chemistry 121, UBC enrolment of 110 students.

My Approach to Teaching and Research

I believe that it is imperative that lecture courses and research ideas be presented in a stimulating manner, such that students are encouraged to learn as their interest is probed. As such, I always aim to actively involve students in my lectures by asking questions or instigating brief discussions with classmates. In my research laboratory I encourage an environment of curiosity and inquisitiveness, so that important questions are raised and answered as the research progresses.

Chemistry is an active science, full of exciting and revolutionizing discoveries and challenges. I have been incredibly lucky to receive tuition and research advice from enthusiastic supervisors who devoured the opportunity to share their knowledge and inspire their students: I strive to be as effective. I am a strong believer in the adage "work hard and play hard!" and I believe that Dalhousie University and the city of Halifax are perfect for nurturing these characteristics.