Dr. Shannon Timmons joined LTU in the fall of 2008 and teaches organic chemistry and biochemistry courses in the department of Natural Sciences. She is a native of Canada and received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 2002. A summer internship at a local biotech company, BioMedica Diagnostics Inc., inspired Dr. Timmons to pursue graduate studies in biological chemistry. Immediately following her undergraduate degree, she began graduate studies under the supervision of Dr. David Jakeman in the College of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and graduated with her PhD in Chemistry in 2007. Following her graduate studies, Dr. Timmons received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship and spent one year in the research laboratory of Dr. Jon Thorson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before moving to LTU.
Dr. Timmons has a keen interest in the chemistry and biochemistry of natural products. She is specifically focused on natural products containing carbohydrate functionalities and their medicinal application. Dr. Timmons uses a ‘chemo-enzymatic' approach, which involves both synthetic chemistry and enzymes, to prepare novel glycosylated natural products for biological testing and is particularly focused on the discovery of new chemotherapy drugs. She is a member of both the American Chemical Society and the Canadian Society for Chemistry.
Outside the classroom and laboratory, Dr. Timmons enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, and cat, Shelby. She also volunteers with a local mentoring organization, Intense Mentoring, Inc., which assists young women in the Detroit area to obtain the tools, resources and structure necessary to complete their secondary education.