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, and petroleum hydrocarbons  in soil and water and in developing “green technology” as part of an environmental R&D, SIROM Scientific Solutions, LLC , 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 using "omics" technologies. 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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  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions

Recent Publications

  • Tiwari M, Krishnamurthy S, Shukla D, Kiiskila J, Jain A, Datta R, Sharma N, Sahi SV (2016) Comparative transcriptome and proteome analysis to reveal the biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles in Arabidopsis. Nature Scientific Reports 6: 21733. DOI: 10.1038/srep21733 Read More
  • Pidatala VR, Li K, Sarkar D, Wusirika R, Datta R (2016) Identification of biochemical pathways associated with lead tolerance and detoxification in Chrysopogon zizanioides L. Nash (vetiver) by metabolic profiling. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50 (5): 2530–2537 38, 868‐877. Read More
  • Dhawi F, Datta R, Wusirika R (2016) Mycorrhiza and heavy metal resistant bacteria enhance growth, nutrient uptake and alter metabolic profile of sorghum grown in marginal soil. Chemosphere 157: 33–41 Read More
  • Kiiskila JD, Das P, Sarkar D, Datta R (2015) Phytoremediation of Explosive-Contaminated Soils. Curr. Pollution Rep. 1: 23-34 (INVITED ARTICLE). Read More
  • Punamiya P, Sarkar D, Rakshit S, Elzinga EJ, Datta R (2015) Immobilization of tetracyclines in manure and manure-amended soils using aluminum-based drinking water treatment residuals. Environ Sci Pollut Res. 23(4): 3322–3332 Read More
  • Dhawi F, Datta R, Wusirika R (2015) Mycorrhiza and PGPB modulate maize biomass, nutrient uptake and metabolic pathways in maize grown in mining-impacted soil. Plant Physiol. Biochem. 97: 390–399. Read More
  • Das P, Sarkar D, Makris KC, Datta R (2015) Urea-facilitated uptake and nitroreductase-mediated transformation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene in soil using vetiver grass. J. Environ. Chem. Eng. 3 (1): 445–452. Read More
  • Li K, Pidatala R, Shaik , Datta R, Wusirika R (2014) Integrated metabolomic and proteomic approaches dissect the effect of metal resistant bacteria on maize biomass and copper uptake, Environ. Sci. Technol. 48: 1184-1193. Read More
  • Nagar R, Sarkar D, Makris KC, Datta R (2014) Arsenic bioaccessibility and speciation in the soils amended with organoarsenicals and drinking-water treatment residuals based on a long-term greenhouse study. J. Hydrol. 518 (C): 477–485. Read More
  • Rakshit S, Sarkar D, Elzinga EJ, Punamiya P, Datta R (2014) Surface complexation of oxytetracyclin by magnetite: Effect of solution proterties. Vadose Zone J. 13(2): 147 Read More
  • Quazi S, Sarkar D and Datta R (2013) Human health risk from arsenical pesticide contaminated soils: A long-term greenhouse study. J. Hazardous Materials. 262 (15): 1031-1038. Read More
  • Punamiya R, Sarkar D, Rakshit S, Datta R (2013) Effectiveness of Al-based Drinking Water Treatment Residual as a Novel Sorbent to Remove Tetracyclines from Aqueous Medium. J Environ Qual. 42(5): 1449-1459. Read More
  • Das P, Sarkar R, Makris K, Punamiya P, Datta R (2013) Effectiveness of Urea in Enhancing the Extractability of 2,4,6 Trinitrotoluene from Chemically Variant Soil. Chemosphere: 93(9): 1811-1817. 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. Interntl. J. Phyto. 15: 343-351 Read More