2022-2023 Polyani Prize in Chemistry
Dr. Alana Ogata obtained her BsC at the College of William & Mary and conducted research under Kristin Wustholz. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow with Reg Penner at UC Irvine, a post doctoral fellow with Joe Patterson at UC Irvine, and a NIH T32 fellow with David Walt at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Since joining the University of Toronto in summer 2021, Dr. Ogata has been awarded an NSERC Discovery grant, CFI, and the Connaught Early Researcher award.
Dr. Ogata’s research program aims to innovate bioanalytical technologies using bioinspired nanomaterials to pursue her vision of solving key challenges in disease diagnostics and revolutionizing women’s healthcare. The Ogata lab aims to develop a range of bioanalytical technologies for protein detection in biofluids, from complementary-single-molecule assays to point-of-care biosensors, using strategically designed bioinspired nanomaterials. The Ogata lab focuses on three program aims to work towards developing diagnostics for gynecological diseases: (1) strategically design and discover bioinspired nanomaterials for bioanalytical technologies, (2) develop complementary, single-molecule assays for protein analyses, and (3) develop simple, rapid, and quantitative biosensors for point-of-care applications.