Diana S. Aga is a Filipino-American chemist who is the Henry M. Woodburn Chair at the University at Buffalo. She was awarded the 2017 American Chemical Society Schoellkopf Medal in recognition of her work in environmental chemistry.[1] The Schoellkopf Medal is a local section award of the American Chemical Society. Over the years, numerous University at Buffalo faculty have received this recognition.

Aga obtained a bachelor's in agricultural chemistry from the University of the Philippines Los Bañosin 1988.[2] She earned a Ph.D from the University of Kansas. For her Ph.D, she researched applications of immunoassays in agricultural chemistry.[3] After graduating, she worked briefly for the United States Geological Survey[4] and then joined ETH Zurich as a postdoctoral scholar for two years.

Research and career

After a brief spell in industry, Aga returned to academia, and was appointed to the faculty at the University at Buffalo.[2] Aga was awarded an National Science Foundation CAREER Award.[5]

Aga does mass spectroscopy analysis to obtain detailed information on chemical composition and information on compounds in materials. She is one of many scientists worldwide who have applied this mass spectroscopy technique to investigate pesticides in crops,[2] contaminants in ground and wastewater,[6] presence of antibiotics in wastewater,[7][8] chemical compositions of brominated flame retardants (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, BDEs) which are toxic chemicals.[9]

Aga is an editor of the Elsevier Journal of Hazardous Materials.[10]
Awards and honours

2007 New York Water Environment Association Kenneth Allen Memorial Award[11]
2013 University at Buffalo Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award[11]
2017 American Chemical Society Schoellkopf Medal[1]
2017 American Chemical Society AGRO Fellow Award[11][12]

Selected publications

Batt, Angela L.; Kim, Sungpyo; Aga, Diana S. (2007). "Comparison of the occurrence of antibiotics in four full-scale wastewater treatment plants with varying designs and operations". Chemosphere. 68 (3): 428–435. Bibcode:2007Chmsp..68..428B. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2007.01.008. ISSN 0045-6535. PMID 17316751.
Farkas, Michael H.; Berry, James O.; Aga, Diana S. (2007-02-01). "Chlortetracycline Detoxification in Maize via Induction of Glutathione S-Transferases after Antibiotic Exposure". Environmental Science & Technology. 41 (4): 1450–1456. Bibcode:2007EnST...41.1450F. doi:10.1021/es061651j. ISSN 0013-936X. PMID 17593756.
Kim, Sungpyo; Aga, Diana S. (2007-11-23). "Potential Ecological and Human Health Impacts of Antibiotics and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from Wastewater Treatment Plants". Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B. 10 (8): 559–573. doi:10.1080/15287390600975137. ISSN 1093-7404. PMID 18049923. S2CID 25658112.
Aga, Diana S. (2019). Fate of pharmaceuticals in the environment and in water treatment systems. CRC Press. ISBN 978-0-367-38787-7. OCLC 1105948889.


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Aga, Diana S (1995). Analytical applications of immunoassays in environmental and agricultural chemistry: study of the fate and transport of herbicides (Thesis). OCLC 43821680.
"Diana S. Aga". Retrieved 2020-11-01.
"NSF Award Search: Award#0233700 - CAREER: Immunochemical Techniques for Investigations on the Occurrence and Fate of Agrochemicals in the Environment". Retrieved 2020-11-01.
"Emerging contaminants to be examined by UB professor at seminar |". Retrieved 2020-11-01.
"Diana Aga: Faculty Expert in Chemical Pollution - University at Buffalo". Retrieved 2020-11-02.
"Cleaning up a breeding ground for antimicrobial resistance". Retrieved 2020-11-02.
"Shedding light on potential toxins that lurk in blood and breast milk". Retrieved 2020-11-02.
"Journal of Hazardous Materials". Science of the Total Environment. 3 (4): 377. 1975. Bibcode:1975ScTEn...3..377.. doi:10.1016/0048-9697(75)90070-4. S2CID 198194633.
"Diana S. Aga". Conference on World Affairs. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2020-11-01. Retrieved 2020-11-01.

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