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Alice Cherestes

Dr. Alice Cherestes


Freshman Advisor and Interim Freshman Program Director
Department of Bioresource Engineering
Macdonald Campus, McGill University
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec H9X 3V9

Tel.: 514-398-7980
alice [dot] cherestes [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Cherestes)


  • 1998: Ph.D. Chemistry, City University of New York, New York. Dissertation Title: Ionic Dendrimers; Thesis Advisor: Dr. Robert Engel
  • 1995: M.A. Chemistry, Queens College, City University of New York, New York.
  • 1993: B.A. Chemistry, Queens College, City University of New York, New York

Professional and Teaching Experience

  • June 2004 – August 2007 Chair of the Science Department, Marianopolis College, Montreal, Quebec
  • August 1999 – August 2007 Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Science, Marianopolis College, Montreal, Quebec
  • March 1998 – April 1999 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut Armand Frappier, Laval, Quebec

Professional Activities and Contributions

My main endeavors, in the past few years, have been the development and improvement of the science curriculum in the CEGEP setting as well as the alignment between high school and CEGEP courses. In light of the new ministerial science program recommendations and university entry requirements, adjustements were made in the content of the organic chemistry courses. While conforming to regulations was certainly a motivating factor for the restructuring of these courses and the corresponding laboratory sections, maximizing the acquisiton of knowledge by students through a more hands-on approach as well as a through a more stimulating, and cutting-edge curriculum remained the primary objective.

My doctoral and post-doctoral research was focused on Taxol chemistry and on ionic dendrimers. The chemical reactivity of several positions on taxane skeletons was studied in order to provide more desirable derivatives that could possibly be used for the development of new breast cancer drugs and for increasing the efficacy of existing drugs such as selective estrogen receptor modulators. Also, the conformational and structural activity relationship of taxol and other related taxanes was analyzed, in order to better understand their microtubule binding ability and their solubility.

My work with ionic dendrimers consisted of dendrimer synthesis and analysis. Ultmimately, several marketable uses were found for the various dendrimers produced: the ionic, neutral, soluble, nsoluble and chiral molecules obtained were promising ion exchange materials and antibacterial agents.

Other Interests and Activities

Reading; mixing of edible chemicals (a.k.a cooking and baking); classical music.


  • AECH 110 General Chemistry 1
  • AECH 111 General Chemistry 2
  • AGRI 195 Freshman Seminar 1
  • AGRI 196 Freshman Seminar 2
  • BREE 187 Freshman Seminar 1
  • BREE 188 Freshman Seminar 2
  • AGRI 295 course description not available
  • AGRI 296 course description not available
  • AEBI 122 Cell Biology
  • AGRI 120 Exobiospheres