Lisa Diane Chattell, BSc

Part-time Sessional Instructor of Biology and Biotechnology
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Marie Curie (first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, 1903)

Lisa is a proud contributor to the Faculty of Natural and Applied Science at TWU as an instructor, technician, and supervisor of Microbiology and Biotechnology laboratories.  For nearly three decades, she has encouraged students to stop, admire and attempt to understand the invisible world.  Many unique microbiology experiments have been produced, authored, and edited while Lisa has been working in TWU’s Biosafety Level 2 teaching lab.

Lisa believes that the laboratory setting inspires individuals to visualize answers to real-world problems.  Lisa has supported the Biotechnology and Science in the Valley Programs at TWU.  In the Biotechnology Program, students receive specialized one on one in-lab training, and they are greatly encouraged to ask questions.  In the Science in the Valley Program, young biologists from middle schools from all over the Fraser Valley come to see what cells look like through a looking glass.  

Lisa has always had a keen interest in the sciences and medicine, but the outdoors is her passion.  As a teenager, Lisa played softball and soccer at a provincial level and became one of the youngest female Canadian National FIFA soccer referees.  She is a back-country enthusiast and loves walking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.  The outdoors inspires her to think about much deeper topics: stewardship, bioremediation, biofuel generation, and geothermal power.

  • BSc. Biology (minor in Chemistry) (Trinity Western University)
  • BSc Biology - minor in Chemistry (Trinity Western University)
  • Radionuclide Safety and Methodology (University of British Columbia)
  • Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology Techniques (University of British Columbia)


Bacterial Morphology and Staining, Antibiotic Producing Microbes, Effect of Oxygen, Temperature, pH, and Osmotic Pressure on Microbe Growth, Polymerase Chain Reaction to confirm Staphylococcus aureus, Milk Microbiology Testing Methods, Fermentation of Sauerkraut, Nitrogen Fixation: The Cyanobacteria and Azotobacter, The Sulphur Cycle: The Winogradsky Column, Generation of Biofuels from Sludge,Oil Eating Microbes; Micrococcus luteus Bioremediation and Oil digestion , Resuscitation and survival of Micrococcus luteus, Micrometer calibration and phase contrast microscopy, Virology: ELISA, Viral Plaque Assays, Wintertime Bacteriophage Plaques.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Radionuclide Safety & Methodology Training

  • BIOL 223 Lab
  • BIOL 242 Lab
  • BIOL 333 Lab
  • BIOL 334 Lab
  • BIOL/CHEM 384 Lab
  • BIOT 100 Biotechnology Practicum
  • BIOT 200 Biotechnology Practicum
  • BIOT 300 Biotechnology Practicum
  • BIOT 400 Biotechnology Practicum