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Diana Aga

Professor of Chemistry
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences


Industrial pollution; Great Lakes pollution; emerging contaminants including pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials and flame retardants; wastewater treatment; antibiotic resistance

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Diana Aga leads a team that studies how various contaminants affect the environment.

Her lab investigates techniques for removing antibiotics from wastewater; how plants — especially food crops — take up pharmaceuticals and engineered nanomaterials; and how levels of veterinary antibiotics in manure decrease over time through long-term storage or waste-disposal processes like composting and anaerobic digestion.

Aga also has extensive experience in analyzing persistent organic pollutants, such as polybrominated flame retardants (PBDEs), and how these compounds accumulate in the human body, Great Lakes fish and the environment.

Aga’s insights have been published in news outlets ranging from Business First in Upstate New York to Scientific American, EcoWatch and others nationally.

To investigate how chemical pollutants are transformed in the environment, and whether they pose an ecological threat, Aga capitalizes on her expertise in environmental mass spectrometry to analyze soil and water samples for traces of potentially hazardous compounds.


Diana Aga, PhD
Professor of Chemistry
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences