Dr Maria DeRosa

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Institute of Biochemistry

Carleton University, Ottowa

Carleton University, 225 Steacie Building, 1125 Colonel By Drive
K1S 5B6
PH: +1 (613) 520-2600
Email: [email protected]


Dr. Maria DeRosa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Institute of Biochemistry at Carleton University, in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa.

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.

Dr. DeRosa was a recipient of the John Charles Polanyi Research Award for new researchers in 2006 and an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2010

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