Letizia Dondi

PhD. Candidate

B.Sc. Biomedical Sciences

M.Sc. Control of Infectious Diseases

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
Fax. 905.522.9033
Mail. dondil@mcmaster.ca

Brief Biography

My PhD focuses on developing a paper-based DNA detection device targeted at endangered Caribou species. In previous years, I have worked in the United Kingdom as part of the Animal and Plant Health Agency in the department of Antimicrobial resistance and Brucella research groups. I have worked in diagnostic assay development for Tuberculosis in eSwatini and for covid-19 in the UK. I have a keen interest in developing point-of-care molecular tests to use on the field and low-resource settings. 

Research Interests

Microbiology, Microbial Genomics, Antimicrobial Resistance, Point-of-care tests, Molecular Diagnostics, Control of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology.


  • CCCE 2022: The development of portable testing devices for conservation. (poster) Calgary, Alberta
  • CCCE 2023: The development of portable testing devices for conservation. (poster) Vancouver, British Columbia


  • VP- Administration/Finance of the Graduate Student Association (May 2022-May 2023)
  • President of the Graduate Student Association (May 2023- May 2024)