Rupali Datta

Rupali Datta


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Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Director and Advisor, Graduate Program

  • PhD, University of Hyderabad, India

Research Description

Dr. Datta’s primary research interest lies in the application of plant biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and microbiology in solving environmental problems,using phytoremediation, plant-microbe interactions and bioremediation. Dr. Datta’s research involves the study of interactions between plant, soil, microbial and water systems to understand the mechanisms of uptake and detoxification of specific environmental contaminants in biota from two broad angles – biochemistry and genetics.

Specifically, Dr. Datta’s current research focus is on the study of bioavailability of metal and organic contaminants in aquatic media and the potential of using plants to remediate contaminated sites, mediated by microbes. Dr. Datta actively collaborates with environmental geochemists, soil scientists, microbiologists and analytical chemists. Dr. Datta also works on the bioavailability of contaminants using in-vitro and in-vivo models. She has also been working on the remediation of antibiotics, TNT, RDX, petroleum hydrocarbons, perchlorate and chromate in soil and water and in developing “green technology” as part of an environmental R&D, SIROM Scientific Solutions, LLC based in Montclair, New Jersey. Combining field, greenhouse, and laboratory data, she investigates the mechanisms of contaminant bioavailability, availability to plants, the kinetics of contaminant uptake in plants under various conditions and studies the molecular mechanisms of contaminant uptake and detoxification by accumulator and other high biomass plants, including crop plants. She also works on health effects of metals (arsenic and lead) in human cell culture and animal systems in collaboration with biomedical faculty.

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Research Interests

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions

Recent Publications

  • Makris KC, Quazi S, Nagar R, Sarkar D, Datta R and Sylvia VL (2008) In-vitro model improves prediction of soil arsenic bioavailability: worst-case scenario. Environ. Sci. Technol., 42: 6278-6284. Read More
  • Andra SS, Datta R, Sarkar D, Makris KC, Mullens CP, Sahi SV and Bach SBH (2009) Induction of Lead‐Binding Phytochelatins in Vetiver Grass [Vetiveria Zizanioides (L.)]. J. Environ. Qual. 38, 868‐877. Read More
  • Punamiya P, Datta R, Sarkar D, Barber S, Patel M, Das P (2010) Symbiotic role of Glomus mosseae in phytoextraction of lead in vetiver grass [Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.)]. J. Hazard. Mater. 177: 465-474. Read More
  • Das P, Datta R, Makris K, Sarkar, D. (2010) Vetiver grass is capable of removing TNT from soil in the presence of urea. Environ. Pollut. 158(5): 980-983. Read More
  • Andra S, Sarkar D, Saminathan S, Datta R (2011) Predicting potentially plant-available lead in contaminated residential sites. Environ. Monitor. Assess. 175: 661-676. Read More
  • Datta R, Das P, Smith S, Punamiya P, Ramanathan DM, Reddy R, Sarkar D (2013) Phytoremediation potential of vetiver grass [chrysopogon zizanioides (l.)] For tetracycline. Internatl. J. Phytorem. 15(4):343-51 Read More
  • Das P, Sarkar D, Makris KC, Punamiya P and Datta R (2013) Effectiveness of urea in enhancing the extractability of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene from chemically variant soils. In Press. Epub ahead of print: Read More