Diana Aga, PhD, leads a research team that studies how pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals and other emerging contaminants of concern affect the environment. To investigate how these chemical pollutants are transformed in the environment, and whether they pose an ecological threat, Aga capitalizes on her expertise in environmental mass spectrometry for trace analysis in complex matrices. In particular, Aga is investigating various treatment processes to effectively remove pharmaceuticals in wastewater. She is also studying the bioaccumulation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in fish from the Great Lakes. Another recent line of inquiry deals with how quantum dots, and other engineered nanomaterials may impact the environment. Aga was a postdoctoral scholar at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), and was recipient of the Humboldt Fellowship and Fulbright Research Fellowship.
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