Taylor is a patent scientist in Fenwick’s intellectual property and life sciences groups, where he assists with prior art searches and analysis, and prepares claim construction and invalidity charts.

Taylor holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on chemical biology, biophysics and nucleic acid nanotechnology. He has significant scientific research experience that spans the following areas:

  • Nanophotonic materials for diagnostics, catalysis and single-molecule imaging
  • Nucleic acid biophysics and nanotechnology applications in diagnostics and gene control
  • Polymer self-assembly for guest-host interactions
  • Antimicrobial polymer synthesis and applications

Additionally, in 2020, Taylor served as a co-principal investigator and received a National Science Foundation grant for rapid response research related to technology for sensing intact SARS-CoV-2 using designer DNA nanostructure capture probes and photonic resonator interference scattering microscopy. He also served as co-principal investigator and received an OSF Healthcare and University of Illinois Jump ARCHES grant for a single-step 10-minute point of care COVID-19 diagnostic test using activate cleave and count technology.

  • Publications & Patents

    Recent Scientific Publications

    • Canady, T., Li, N., Huang, Q., Wang, X., Fried, G., Cunningham, B., “Photonic Resonator Interferometric Scattering Microscopy,” Nature Communications, 12(1), 1-9 (2021)
    • Huang, Q., Li, N., Zhang, H., Che, C., Sun, F., Xiong, Y., Canady, T., & Cunningham, B, “Digital resolution biomolecular sensing for diagnostics and life science research,” Lab on a Chip, 20, 2816-2840 (2020)
    • Canady, T., Berylyoung, A., Martinez, J., Emanuelson, C., Telmer, C., Bruchez, M. & Armitage, B., “Enhanced hybridization selectivity using structured gamma-PNA probes,” Molecules, 25, 970 (2020)
    • Huang, Q. Canady, T., Gupta, R., Singamaneni, S., & Cunningham, B., “Enhanced plasmonic photocatalysis through synergistic plasmonic-photonic hybridization,” ACS Photonics (2020)
    • Smith, L.., Liu, Y., Zahid, M., Canady, T., Kohli, M. & Smith, A., “High-fidelity single molecule quantification in a flow cytometer using multiparametric optical analysis,” ACS Nano, 14, 2324–2335 (2020)
    • Che, C., Li, N., Long, K., Aguire, M., Canady, T., Huang, Q. & Cunningham, B., “Active capture and digital counting (AC+DC) assay for protein biomarker detection,” Lab on a Chip, 19, 3943–3953 (2019)
    • Canady, T., Li, N., Lu, Y., Kohli, M., Smith, A. & Cunningham, B., “Digital resolution detection of miRNA with single base selectivity by photonic resonator absorption microscopy,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116, 19362-19367 (2019)
    • Canady, T., Telmer, C., Oyaghire, S., Armitage, B. & Bruchez, M., “Reversible translation control using gamma-pna probes,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137, 10268–10275 (2015)


    • U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/840,040: Digital resolution detection of miRNA with single base selectivity by photonic resonator absorption microscopy (co-inventor)
  • Recent Presentations
    • “Digital Resolution Biosensors using Photonic Crystal Imaging,” University of California San Diego 16th U.S.-Korea Nanotechnology Forum, August 2019
    • “Digital Resolution Detection of miRNA using Photonic Crystal Imaging,” University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Institute for Genomic Biology Fellows Symposium, May 2019
    • “Improved PNA Selectivity by Structure Incorporation,” Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Oligonucleotides Gordon Research Conference, June 2017
    • “Translation Control with Chimeric PNA Probes,” American Chemical Society Regional Meeting, May 2016
    • “Translation Control with PNA Probes,” Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Oligonucleotides Gordon Research Conference, June 2015
    • “Reversible Translation with PNA: ON&OFF Again,” Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology Meeting, March 2015
  • Additional Recognition
    • Recipient of the Carnegie Science Award for STEM outreach in the Pittsburgh-wide community (2015)



Education & Admissions

Ph.D., Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University

M.Sc., Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University

B.A., Biochemistry
University of New Mexico


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