Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Institute of Biochemistry
Carleton University, Ottowa
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DeRosa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the
Institute of Biochemistry at Carleton University, in Canada’s capital city of
Dr. DeRosa’s research examines a
type of nucleic acid called ‘aptamers’ that can fold into 3D nanoscale shapes
capable of binding tightly to a specific molecular target. Her group is focused on developing a better
understanding of how these systems work and using this information to design
useful nanotechnology, like biosensors or “smart” delivery devices.
Dr. DeRosa received her Ph.D in Chemistry from
Carleton University in 2003 was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to do
research at the California Institute of Technology from 2004-2005 with Prof.
Jackie Barton, a world-leader in DNA sensor research. In 2005, she returned to
Carleton as a faculty member in the Chemistry Department. Her research group
has received funding from several sources, including the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food
and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and
Alberta Innovates Biosolutions.
DeRosa was a recipient of the John Charles Polanyi Research Award for new
researchers in 2006 and an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2010