Alma Castaneda

Alma D. Castañeda, Ph.D.

Technical Specialist
Alma D. Castañeda is a highly knowledgeable analytical chemist with over 10 years of experience in analytical methods, biomolecule detection, and sensor development. Alma specializes in innovative research and development of electrochemical biosensors, in addition to her work on nanotechnology, analytical instrumentation, and materials characterization. She has done extensive research in the field of Origins of Life, and has collaborated with the Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE), a multi-institutional center devoted to advancing the field of prebiotic chemistry.

Professional Highlights


Co-author, “Prebiotic Phosphorylation of Uridine using Diamidophosphate in Aerosols,” Sci. Rep., 2019

Co-author, “A Stark Contrast to Modern Earth: Phosphate Mineral Transformation and Nucleoside Phosphorylation in an Iron- and Cyanide-Rich Early Earth Scenario,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019

Co-author, “Detection of microRNA by Electrocatalytic Amplification: a General Approach for Single-Particle Biosensing,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017



University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, 2017)

Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S., high honors, 2011)



Proficient in French