SCIEX Microscale Separations Innovation Medal Awardee 2022 | James Landers

The recipient of the Microscale Separations Innovation Medal 2022 is Prof. James LandersJefferson Scholars Faculty Fellow and Commonwealth Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and an Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Virginia.

After obtaining degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Guelph (Canada), he did postdoctoral fellowships in Toxicology at the Hospital for Sick Children, in Endocrine Dysfunction at the University of Toronto School of Medicine and, in Steroid Hormone Cancers as a Canadian Medical Research Council Fellow at the Mayo Clinic. He created the Clinical Capillary Electrophoresis Facility in Laboratory Medicine at Mayo Clinic, where his work on microfluidic systems began, launched his academic career at the University of Pittsburgh, and then ramped up his program at the University of Virginia (UVA) where the sole focus was on developing microscale analytical technology. His UVA research team developed and demonstrated the first fully-integrated microfluidic system for sample-to-result genetic analysis, and this led to efforts with his start-up collaboration with Lockheed Martin developing ‘Rapid DNA’ systems for swab-to-STR profiling, and with the National Institutes of Health developing a 25-min point-of-need qPCR test for SARS-CoV-2. He has published more than 265 papers and serves as the CoEditor-in-Chief for the journal Analytica Chimica Acta.