University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Emerging pollutants

"Occurrence and Removal of Antibiotics in Municipal Wastewater and in Animal Wastes"

Diana Aga is the endowed Henry M. Woodburn Professor of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Dr. Aga’s current research interests include 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 an expert in developing trace analytical methods for organic and heavy metal contaminants in complex environmental matrices using chromatography and mass spectrometry. She has been evaluating the efficiencies of various biological, physical, and chemical treatment processes in removing emerging contaminants, persistent organic compounds, and antibiotic resistance genes in municipal wastewater treatment plants, as well as in anaerobic digesters in animal farms. She obtained her BS degree in Agricultural Chemistry from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, and her Ph.D. in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Kansas. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland. She is recipient of various prestigious awards, including the NSF CAREER award, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, and the Fulbright Research Fellowship. Dr. Aga is author of more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, and is editor of the Journal of Hazardous Materials.