Amal Mathai

PhD Candidate

B.Sc. (Honours) Major in Biology, Minor in Physiology and Immunology, University of Toronto, 2020

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

Tel. 905.525.9140 ext.28813


Brief Biography

Amal completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto, with a major in Biology and Minor in Physiology, Immunology. He joined the Li Lab in 2020 as a Master’s Student and transferred to the PhD program in 2022.

He plays the piano and enjoys fishing.

Research Interests

His research is focused on developing a diagnostic test for the COVID-19 using DNAzyme-RCA coupling system.

Awards and Scholarships

NSERC CREATE PROMOTE Award (2022-2025)

CSC Analytical Chemistry Division Graduate poster award 2023


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.