Born in Kitchener, Ont., Russ Algar received his BSc in 2005, MSc in 2006, and PhD in 2010 from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Ulrich Krull. Following postdoctoral work with Igor Medintz at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering, Algar joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in 2012, where he is currently an assistant professor.
The Algar Research Group develops luminescent materials for applications in bioanalysis. The overarching long-term goals of this research are new tools to help advance biomedical research and new technologies that will enhance the delivery of health care. Current research interests span areas such as point-of-care diagnostics, multifunctional fluorescent probes, photonic logic, energy transfer, interfacial and biophysical chemistry, and composite materials.
Algar is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. He has published >70 peer-reviewed papers (>2700 citations), 11 book chapters, 11 indexed proceedings papers, and co-edited one book.