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Dr. Christopher Anthony Dieni is originally from the suburb of Pierrefonds in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (2004) from Concordia University — where he conducted undergraduate research as a member of the Titorenko Lab; he holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from Carleton University (2008) — where he pursued graduate research as a member of the Storey Lab. He has also held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Benkovic Lab at Pennsylvania State University (2008-2010), a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council-Industrial Research and Development Fellowship (NSERC-IRDF) at Micropharma Ltd (2010-2012; acquired by UAS Labs in December 2014), and a Margaret and Wallace McCain Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Mount Allison University (2012-2014). It was as a McCain Fellow at Mount Allison that Dr. Dieni began supervising undergraduate research, thanks to collaborations with departmental colleagues (e.g. the MacCormack Lab), as well as where he began teaching undergraduate courses.
Following completion of the 2-year McCain Fellowship, Dr. Dieni progressed to a series of faculty positions — beginning in Ottawa as a contract instructor in Carleton’s Institute of Biochemistry (2014-2016) and as a Professor (Part-Time) for the “Biotechnology – Advanced” program at Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Technology. He held two non-tenure-track assistant professor positions, namely a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Ursinus College (2016-2017), and subsequently a limited-term Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Windsor (2018-2019). Dr. Dieni then accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences at Colorado Mesa University (2019-2021), and thereafter a similar tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry, Physics, & Engineering at Spring Hill College (2021-2022). Dr. Dieni has a paramount ambition for publishable, fundable, undergraduate-driven laboratory research — and has supervised his own undergraduate researchers at Ursinus, Colorado Mesa, and Spring Hill; at University of Windsor, he co-supervised undergraduate research students with the Trant Lab.
Dr. Dieni’s efforts in research, mentoring, and teaching, have been widely-recognized. In 2013 he was named as the inaugural winner of the Carleton University Alumni Association Young Alumni Achievement Award (the gala program detailing Chris’ award is available here). He is a winner of a 2016 Capital Educators’ Award. He was also nominated by his students for the 2015 Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Awards (Carleton University), the 2014 JEA Crake Teaching Award in Science (Mount Allison University), and the 2013 Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU) Excellence in Teaching Award. When not engaged in research or teaching activities, Chris has also busied himself with organizations involved in the community or social aspects of science, and the post-secondary educational environment as a whole (i.e. service and outreach). He twice mentored young students who were selected from the Windsor Regional Science, Technology, and Engineering Fair (WRSTEF) to present at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF), including one who one numerous awards at the 2019 CWSF. He was a speaker at the 2015 edition of TEDxCarletonU, and the Mount Allison/Moncton Public Library Lunch and Learn program.