Dr. Cassidy VanderSchee

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

P: 780-465-8369
  • PhD Chemistry, McGill University, 2021
  • BSc Chemistry, The King’s University, 2014

Cassidy graduated from the King’s University in 2014 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry. Her Ph.D. in Chemistry was completed in 2021 at McGill University, where she studied the distribution and speciation of tungsten in bone. In the same year, Cassidy returned to King’s as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, teaching introductory, analytical, inorganic, physical and medicinal chemistry. Her research interest is in investigating the distribution, speciation, and fate of metals in complex biological and environmental systems to elucidate their toxicological behaviors. Cassidy’s NSERC and SSHRC-funded research program focuses to investigating vanadium transformation and reactivity in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (NSERC-DG, 2023) and identifying the social determinants of lead poisoning in British Colonial populations in the Caribbean (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2023) using mass-spectrometry, NMR and x-ray spectroscopy techniques.


i. C.R. VanderSchee, D.S. Bohle. The Bioinorganic Chemistry of the Early Transition Metals in Bone: Distribution and Uptake Mechanisms. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2023, 495.

ii. A. Yazdani, D. Petrescu, C.R. VanderSchee, C. Bailey, F. Coven, D. Harpp. Undergraduate Peer Mentoring Program at a Canadian University: Impact on Student Learning as Perceived by Instructors, Peer Mentors, and Students. International Journal for Students As Partners, 2022, 5(2), 98–110.

iii. C.R. VanderSchee, D. Firer, D. Kuter, K.K. Mann, B.P. Jackson, D.S. Bohle. Quantification of local zinc and tungsten deposits in bone with LA-ICP-MS using novel hydroxyapatite-collagen calibration standards. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 2021, 36 (11), pp 2431-2438

iv. M. Grant; C.R. VanderSchee, H. Chou; A. Bolt; D. Kuter; L. Epure; J. Antoniou; S. Bohle; K. Mann, F. Mwale. “Tungsten Accumulates in the Mouse Intervertebral Disc and Vertebrae Stimulating Disc Degeneration and Upregulating Markers for Inflammation and Pain.” European Cells and Materials, 2021, 41, 517-530.

v. C.R. VanderSchee, D. Kuter, H Chou, B.P. Jackson, K.K. Mann, D.S. Bohle: Addressing K/L-edge Overlap in Elemental Analysis from Micro-X-ray Fluorescence: Bioimaging of Tungsten and Zinc in Bone Tissue Using Synchrotron Radiation and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2020, 412, pp 259–265

vi. C.R. VanderSchee, D. Kuter, A.M. Bolt, F.Lo, R. Feng, J. Thieme, Y.K. Chen-Wiegart, G. Williams, K.K. Mann, D.S. Bohle: Accumulation of Persistent Tungsten in Bone as in situ Generated Polytungstate. Nature Communications Chemistry, 2018, 1:8

vii. C.R. VanderSchee, K.J. Ooms: Investigating Water Interactions with Collagen Using 2H Multiple Quantum Filtered NMR Spectroscopy to Provide Insights into the Source of Double Quantum Filtered Signal in Tissue. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2014, 118 (13), pp 3491–3497