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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Lisa Alty

Professor of Chemistry

Baker 304
(540) 458-8927

Curriculum Vitae


  • 1987 Ph.D., 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

Professional Positions

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


  • Head, Department of Chemistry, 2006-present
  • Coordinator, Health Professions Advisory Committee, 1995- present
  • Committee on Courses and Degrees, 1998-2006
  • General Education Steering Committee and General Education Review Committee, 2003-5


Laboratory instruction in chemistry


  • Chem 341 Biochemistry
  • Chem 343 Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Chem 298 Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chem 243 Organic Spectroscopic Methods
  • Chem 242 Organic Chemistry II with Lab
  • Chem 155 Science of Cooking

Selected Publications

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.

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