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Christopher Anthony Dieni is originally from the suburb of Pierrefonds in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He holds degrees in Biochemistry (BSc, 2004; Titorenko Lab) from Concordia University and Chemistry (PhD, 2008; Storey Lab) from Carleton University. 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) — the latter of which enabled him to begin teaching undergraduate courses at Canada’s #1 primarily-undergraduate university and lay the groundwork for a small internally-funded research group of his own in collaboration with Tyson MacCormack. Following completion of the 2-year McCain Fellowship, Chris returned to Ottawa as a research associate in the Storey Lab, where he received independent research funding in the form of a Carleton University Development Grant; he also actively taught as a contract instructor in Carleton’s Institute of Biochemistry and as a Professor (Part-Time) for the “Biotechnology – Advanced” program at Algonquin College. Chris then accepted as a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Ursinus College (2016-2017), where he taught courses in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and other programs, and continued to mentor undergraduate research students. Subsequently he was a limited-term Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Windsor, where he taught in the Master of Medical Biotechnology professional graduate program, and co-supervised research students with John Trant. He is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences at Colorado Mesa University.
Chris’ efforts in research, mentoring, and teaching, have been widely-recognized. 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. 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). When not engaged in teaching or research 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). In recent years, he has participated in the 2015 edition of TEDxCarletonU and the Mount Allison/Moncton Public Library Lunch and Learn program. As a grad student at Carleton University, he was involved with the Graduate Students Association and the Carleton Chemistry and Biochemistry Society. As a postdoc, he was active as an Executive Council member of the Penn State Postdoctoral Society. He has volunteered for alumni mentoring programs run by both Carleton and Concordia.