The aim of the Chemistry Department at Alexander College is to provide exceptional opportunities for students in learning the fundamental principles of chemistry through a combination of engaging lectures and interactive laboratory programs.
Our chemistry courses stress understanding of chemical principles, as well as the experimental basis of the science by developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Chemistry at AC is the right place for those who seek an excellent and stimulating education. Many opportunities are awaiting for you including a range of accredited course offerings, devoted faculty members, small class sizes and excellent lab facilities.
Majoring in chemistry can help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare you for a career centered in the scientific world, research, teaching or various fields of industry including chemicals, medical, health sciences, pharmacology, biotechnology and nanotechnology.
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Jason Mirzaei (PhD, MSc, BSc)
Dr. Jason Mirzaei is a chemistry lecturer at Alexander College. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Manitoba, for his work on developing functional nanomaterials, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at UBC. He has authored and co-authored more than 15 refereed publications and has received several awards and scholarships for his dedication to research and teaching excellence.
Since 2010, Dr. Mirzaei has taught and supervised first to third year students in general, physical and organic chemistry courses. He is especially interested in the use of innovative instructional techniques including online assignment systems, interactive simulations, videos, and social media for teaching chemistry. Being a passionate educator, he has been very keen to explore pedagogical principles and new teaching practices. He has completed serval certifications and workshops in teaching including the Certification in Higher Education Teaching (CHET) program delivered by the Centre for Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Manitoba and Instruction Skills Workshop at Alexander College.
When he is not working, Dr. Mirzaei enjoys spending time with his family, listening to various podcasts, travelling locally and internationally, and inventing new ideas
Miriam Grob (PhD, MSc, BSc)
Dr. Grob received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Saarbrücken in Germany for designing highly efficient and sensitive separation methods for surface-active substances using non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis.
Dr. Grob immigrated to Canada and worked as a research associate at the University of British Columbia for 10 years. Her research focus was in medicinal chemistry where she investigated the modes of action of anti-viral and anti-cancer drugs through chromatography and mass spectrometry. Dr. Grob published her work in multiple scientific journals and cooperated closely with pharmaceutical companies that worked in joint venture with the University of British Columbia and specifically appointed her for her research.
Dr. Grob is an A+ graduate from the Provincial Instructor Diploma program granted to her by the Ministry of Advanced education and in addition earned several teaching certificates including the Instruction Skills Workshop certificate from the University of British Columbia and from Alexander College.
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