- Dow 530
- Professor, Biological Sciences
- PhD, University of Hyderabad, India
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.
- Plant Biochemistry
- Environmental Remediation
- Plant-Microbe Interactions
- Warke, M., Sarkar, D., Zhang, Z., Neve, S., Datta, R. 2023. Human health risk mitigation from arsenic in rice by crop rotation with a hyperaccumulator plant. Environ Sci Pollut Res 30, 12030–12040. Read more
- Saleh, H., Persaud, V., Datta, R., Sarkar, D. 2022. Assessment of geochemical forms of lead in lead-contaminated residential soils with varying physio-chemical characteristics. Read more
- Neve, S.; Sarkar, D.; Datta, R. 2022. Effects of Pyrolysis Temperature and Residence Time on Physicochemical Properties of Biochar Derived from Spent Vetiver Roots. In Proceedings of the ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, USA. Read more
- Warke M*, English M*, De Marchi L*, Sarkar RD*, Kannan S, Datta R, Rao s (2022) In-vitro cell culture model to determine toxic effects of soil Arsenic due to direct dermal exposure, Environ. Innov., 28: 102949. Read more
- Warke M*, Sarkar D, Zhang Z, Neve S*, Datta R (2022) Human health risk mitigation from arsenic in rice by crop rotation with a hyperaccumulator plant. Environ Sci Pollut Res. 30, 12030-12040. Read more
- Na Nagara V*, Sarkar D, Luo Q, Biswas JK, Datta R (2022) Health Risk Assessment of Exposure to Trace Elements from Drinking Black and Green Tea Marketed in Three Countries. Biol Trace Elem Res 200, 2970–2982. Read more
- Zhang Z, Sarkar D, Sidhu V, Warke M, Datta R (2022) Impact of EDDS Dosage on Lead Phytoextraction in Contaminated Urban Residential Soils. Front Sustain Cities 146. Read more
- Na Nagara V*, Sarkar D, Elzinga EJ, Datta R (2022) Removal of heavy metals from stormwater runoff using granulated drinking water treatment residuals. Environ Technol & Innov 28, 102636. Read more
- Sarkar RD*, Zhang Z, Warke M*, Datta R (2022) Health Risk from Toxic Metals in Wild Rice Grown in Copper Mining-Impacted Sediments. Applied Sciences 12(6): 2937. Read more
- Zhang Z, Sarkar D, Datta R, Deng Y (2021) Adsorption of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS) by Aluminum-based Drinking Water Treatment Residuals. Hazard, Mater. Lett, 100034. Read more
- Roy S, Sarkar D, Datta R, Bhattacharya SS, Bhattacharya P (2021) Assessing the arsenic-saturated biochar recycling potential of vermitechnology: Insights on nutrient recovery, metal benignity, and microbial activity. Chemosphere, 131660. Read more
- Kiiskila J, Sarkar D, Datta R (2021) Differential protein abundance of vetiver grass in response to acid mine drainage. Physiol Plant. Read more
- RoyChowdhury A, Mukherjee P*, Panja S*, Datta R, Christodoulatos C, Sarkar D (2021) Evidence for Phytoremediation and Phytoexcretion of NTO from Industrial Wastewater by Vetiver Grass. Molecules 2021, 26, 74. Read more
- Kiiskila JD*, Li K*, Sarkar D, Datta R (2020) Metabolic response of vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides) to acid mine drainage. Chemosphere 240: 124961. Read more
- Kiiskila, J.D., Sarkar, D., Panja, S., Sahi, S.V., Datta, R. (2019) Remediation of acid mine drainage-impacted water by vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides): A multiscale long-term study. Ecol. Engineer. 129: 97-108. Read more
- Pidatala, V.R., Li, K., Sarkar, D., Wusirika, R., Datta, R. (2017) Comparative metabolic profiling of vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) and maize (Zea mays) under Lead stress. Chemosphere 193: 903-911. Read more
- Datta, R., Das, P., Tappero, R., Punamiya, P., Elzinga, E., Sahi, S., Feng, H., Kiiskila, J., Sarkar, D. (2017) Evidence for exocellular arsenic in fronds of Pteris vittata. Nature Scientific Reports 7: 2839. Read more
- Attinti R, Barrett KR, Datta R, Sarkar D (2017) Ethylenediaminedisuccinic acid (EDDS) enhances phytoextraction of lead by vetiver grass from contaminated residential soils in a panel study in the field. Environ. Pollut. 225: 524-533. Read more
- Department of Defense - Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program(SERDP) – 2023 - 2025. Green Remediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Soil and Water. (Co-PI; PI Dibyendu Sarkar, Stevens Institute of Technology).
- USEPA 2022 – 2026 – Innovative Water Technologies for Lagoon Wastewater Systems in Small Communities. (Co-PI, PI Michelle Jarvie-Eggart).
- US Housing and Urban Development – Lead Technical Studies 2021 – 2024. Lowering Lead Bioavailability in Residential Soils of Variable Physico-Chemical Properties using Sustainable In-Situ Treatment Methods. (PI, Co-PIs Dibyendu Sarkar, Smitha Rao).
- Office of Surface Mining, Dept. of Interior 2021-2023. Low cost green technology to improve water quality in mining-impacted ecosystems: Developing a Cost-Effective Green Technology for In-Place Reclamation of Coal Mine Spoil Gob Piles in Abandoned Mine Lands. (Co-PI; PI Abhishek RoyChowdhury, Navajo Technical University).
- US Housing and Urban Development – Lead Technical Studies 2018 – 2021. A Novel Phytoremediation Method to Cleanup Lead-Based Paint Contaminated Soils: Phase III – Demonstration Study (PI, Co-PI Dibyendu Sarkar).