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Melissa VanAlstine-Parris

Melissa VanAlstine-Parris


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Skills & Interests


  • American Chemical Society
    Member 01/2003 – Current

Education History

  • PhD Organic Chemistry (05/2007)
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS Chemistry (05/2003)
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


  • Tyndall, Stephen; Wong, Koon Fai; VanAlstine-Parris, Melissa. (2015). Insight into the Mechanism of the Pechmann Condensation Reaction Using NMR. in Journal of Organic Chemistry. (80(18), 8951-8953).
  • DeGrote, Jami; Tyndall, Stephen; Wong, Koon Fai; VanAlstine-Parris, Melissa. (2014). Synthesis of 7-alkoxy-4-trifluoromethylcoumarins via the von Pechmann reaction catalyzed by molecular iodine in Tetrahedron Letters. (55(49), 6715-6717).
  • VanAlstine, Melissa A.; Wentland, Mark P.; Alvarez, Juan; Cao, Qing; Cohen, Dana J.; Knapp, Brian I.; Bidlack, Jean M.. (2013). Redefining the structure-activity relationships of 2,6-methano-3-benzazocines. Part 9: Synthesis, characterization and molecular modeling of pyridinyl isosteres of N-BPE-8-CAC (1), a high affinity ligand for opioid receptors. in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. (23(7), 2128-2133).

Teaching Experience

  • Undergraduate Research in Chemistry (Current)
    • Adelphi University – Undergraduate Research
  • Research Seminars in Chemistry (Current)
    • Adelphi University – Chemistry Soft Skills
  • Organic Chemistry II Lab (Current)
    • Adelphi University – Organic Chemistry Lab

Honors & Awards

  • • Frederick Bettelheim Research Award for untenured faculty in the sciences and mathematics (04/2014)


  • Associate Professor (09/2016 – Current) Adelphi University
  • Assistant Professor (09/2009 – 08/2016) Adelphi University