Lisa Chattell is a laboratory Instructor and Technician of Microbiology and Biotechnology. Since 1994, she has taught many students in the TWU Biology labs. Currently, she works in a Biosafety Level 2 Containment Lab where pathogenic living organisms can be studied in a safe environment. Chattell encourages her students to stop, admire and make sense of the invisible world. She stresses the uniqueness of our flora and the ease at which we become infected and pass microbes on. Chattell investigates the use of disinfectants, antiseptics and natural agents to inhibit the growth of pathogens. Finally, studying organisms from the environment provides students with an understanding of how microbiology is truly everywhere and is ours to investigate.
The Science in the Valley program (for children grades 3-6) is another program in which Chattell inspires young biologists. TWU biology students are hired to teach and encourage the youth in our community about local issues in the Fraser Valley (salmon, ecosystems and the impact of humans) and how life might look “through a looking glass.”
As a Canadian Norwegian, Lisa has always had a keen interest in the sciences, medicine and the outdoors. As a teenager, Lisa played fast-pitch softball and soccer at a competitive level and also became one of the youngest female FIFA soccer referees in Canada. She and her husband enjoy watching their two sons play and referee competitive hockey in Western Canada. As a family, they can be found walking, hiking, skiing, and travelling the world together.
Research & Scholarship
BSc Biology (minor Chemistry), Trinity Western University 1996
Affiliations & Memberships
- Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
- Radionuclide Safety & Methodology Training
Lisa Chattell studies how pathogenic bacteria become integrated into our normal flora. Staphylococcus aureus is commonly isolated, but over the years, student cultures are becoming more resistant to antibiotics. The “superbug” Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is common among us and is resistant to many antibiotics. The need for alternative antibacterial agents is drastic and Chattell investigates the use of soap berries and Echinacea extract. In “Determination of Natural Surfactant Effects from Sapindus saponaria on Select Fungal and Bacterial Cultures” (L. Chattell, B. Guirr, P. Brown) Chattell studied how soap berries (used in the tropics for dishes and laundry) have antimicrobial properties. Echinacea is another extract known to improve upper respiratory infections and Chattell investigates it’s potential to help with other infections.
Lisa also investigates bacteria found on local chicken farms. Current Canadian protocol allows small farms to ship newborn chicks between provinces. Chattell isolates and identifies the bacteria involved in this process and is working to develop improved protocols to rapidly identify pathogens on the farm before shipping chicks across Canada.
As a side project, Lisa has been working on publishing an online Microbiology resource entitled Interactive Laboratory Microbiology. She has provided in-lab videos which complement theory in the text.
- Principles of Biology
- Cell Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Medical Microbiology
- Basic & Applied Microbiology