Connor Nurmi

PhD Candidate

BSc. Biochemistry (Honors), Minor in Business, University of Guelph, 2020.

PhD. Biochemistry, McMaster University (2020-current).

Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
McMaster University
Health Science Centre, Room 4H32
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1

☎ 905.525.9140 ext.28813

Brief Biography:

Connor completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Guelph with a minor in business. During his final semesters, he completed research projects related to structural biology, enzyme kinetics and antibiotic discovery. His current research in the Li Lab involves improving the efficiency of DNAzyme-based diagnostic platforms that target highly structured genomic RNA, including that of SARS-CoV-2. Outside of the lab enjoys video games, snowboarding, golf, swimming and relaxing at the cottage.

Awards and Scholarships:

NSERC CREATE PROMOTE Award (2020-2023).

Thomas Neilson Scholarship (2022).

Research Interests:

DNAzymes, XNAzymes, RNA Detection, Point-of-Care Diagnostics.


Brown, A., Brill, J., Amini, R., Nurmi, C. & Li, Y. Development of Better Aptamers: Structured Library Approaches, Selection Methods, and Chemical Modifications. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. e202318665 (2024).

Gu, J., Mathai, A., Nurmi, C. et al. Detection of Large Genomic RNA via DNAzyme‐Mediated RNA Cleavage and Rolling Circle Amplification: SARS‐CoV‐2 as a Model. Chem. – Eur. J. e202300075 (2023).