Omowunmi A. Sadik is an associate professor of chemistry at State University of New York at Binghamton. Her research interests are bioanalytical chemistry, materials, and electrochemistry. Her research programs focus on the theoretical aspects of the transduction of chemical information at interfaces and development of generic biosensors and sensor materials. Recently, she has investigated the mechanisms by which DNA damage occurs through exposure to contaminants and toxins.
The increasing threats of biochemical-warfare agents have inspired Sadik to ask fundamental questions about molecular recognition. As a Radcliffe fellow, Sadik’s work will focus on capillary electrophoresis, novel immobilization chemistry, and nanofabrication techniques. She will examine the factors that determine polyvalency and nonspecific binding at biochemical interfaces.
Sadik received her PhD at Wollongong University, Australia, and has held appointments at Cornell University, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She has written more than two hundred scientific publications, including peer-reviewed papers, invited reviews, and patents. She has organized symposia and served on the organizing committees of numerous national and international conferences. Sadik has lectured extensively in the United States, Western Europe, Turkey, Romania, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. She also is actively engaged in research with industrial partners. She has received numerous awards, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Research, the Australian Merit Award, the Outstanding Inventor Award, and the National Research Council COBASE fellowship. Grants she has received include those from the EPA, the National Science Foundation, and the NRL.