Director Diana Aga

Diana Aga.

Diana S. Aga, Director, UB RENEW Institute; Henry M. Woodburn Professor, Department of Chemistry.

Dr. Diana Aga obtained her B.S. in Agricultural Chemistry degree from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, and her Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Kansas.  She did her postdoctoral training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland, and at the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division. Dr. Aga joined the faculty at SUNY-Buffalo in August, 2002. She is recipient of various prestigious awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship, Two Fulbright Fellowships, SETAC Menzie Environmental Education Award, ACS AGRO Fellow, ACS Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal, UB Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineers (PAASE) Koh Lectureship Award in Science. She is an editor of the Journal of Hazardous Materials, an internationally recognized journal that publishes research papers that improve our understanding of the hazards and risks that chemicals and other materials pose to public health, wildlife, and the environment.

About Dr. Aga’s Research

Dr. Aga’s current research involves investigating the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, such as persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and engineered nanomaterials. She is involved in the global monitoring of antibiotics in wastewater treatment plants and receiving waters, in an effort to combat antibiotic resistance in the environment. She also investigates the bioaccumulation and effects of chemical contaminants in humans, fish, and wildlife.  She is an expert in developing trace analytical methods for organic and heavy metal contaminants in complex environmental matrices based on chromatography and mass spectrometry (MS), including non-target analysis and MS-based metabolomics and exposomics using gas chromatography (GC) or liquid chromatography (LC) with high resolution MS. Her research includes evaluating the efficiencies of various advanced biological, physical, and chemical treatment processes in removing pharmaceuticals, antimicrobials, and antibiotic resistance genes in wastewater treatment plants, and in agroecosystems.