Dr. Rupa Iyer, Associate Professor of Biotechnology, Director of Center for Life Sciences Technology, Founding Director of Biotechnology Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
College of Technology, Department of Engineering TechnologyFACULTY WEBSITE
Areas of expertise
- Environmental biotechnology
- Bioremediation and biodegradation
- Intergradation of interdisciplinary education and research
- Selected, UH Nominee, Texas Minnie Piper Stevens Award, 2016-2017
- Fulbright Specialist Grant, Morocco, July 2016
- Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Award, University of Houston, 2016-2017
- Selected, Fulbright Specialist Roster, US Department of State, 2015-2020
- Certificate, Outstanding COT Faculty, UH Provost, 2015
- University of Houston Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014
- Selected to participate in the first cohort UH's Chairs Leadership Academy Program, 2013-2014
- Flour Award for Service Excellence, College of Technology, UH, 2013
- Summer Undergraduate Research Award (SURF) Mentor, Student, Lisa Lau, 2013
- Outstanding Indian Award, teaching, India Culture Center, 2011, Houston
- Third Place award for best paper: Givmanesh, A., Iyer, R., Smith K. "Enhancing Bioreactor Functionality in Bio-Processing Courses", Proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference
- Nominated Who's Who among America's Teachers, 2006
- WCJC Faculty of the Year Award, 2004
- Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Program Award, American Society for Microbiology, Board of Education and Training, 2002
- WCJC Faculty Council Chairman's Outstanding Faculty Award, 2000
- Sigma Xi Research Grant, 1989
- Thoman Fellow, Michigan State University, 1989-1990
- Short Term Enrichment Grant from American Phytopathological Society, 1988
- Iyer, R., **Aggarwal, J., and Iken, B. (2016). A Review of the Texas, USA San Jacinto Superfund site and the deposition of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans in the San Jacinto River and Houston Ship Channel. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23(17).
- Iyer, R., and Damania, A. (2016). Draft Genome Sequence of Exiguobacterium sp. KKBO11, Isolated Downstream of a Wastewater Treatment Plant in Houston, Texas. Genome Announcements, 4(4), e00681-16.
- Iyer, R., and Damania, A. (2016). Draft genome sequence of Pseudomonas putida CBF10-2, a soil isolate with bioremediation potential in agricultural and industrial environmental settings. Genome Announcements, 4(4), e00670-16.
- Iyer, R., Iken, B., and **Leon, A. (2016). Characterization and Comparison of Putative Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia Methyl Parathion Hydrolases. Bioremediation Journal, 20(1), 71 - 79.
- Iyer, R., and Damania, A. (2016). Draft genome sequence of alkane-degrading Acinetobacter venetianus JKSF02, isolated from contaminated sediment of the San Jacinto River in Houston, Texas. Genome announcements, 4(2), e00286-16.
- Iyer, R., and Damania, A. (2016). Draft genome sequence of Pseudomonas stutzeriODKF13, isolated from farmland soil in Alvin, Texas. Genome announcements, 4(2), e00293-16.
- **Savio, A, Fletcher, J., Smith, K. Iyer, R., Bao, J., and Hernandez, Robles. (2016). Environmentally Effective Photocatalyst CoO-TiO2 Synthesized by thermal precipitation of Co in Amorphous TiO2. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental.
- Iyer, R., and Damania, A. (2016). Draft Genome Sequence of Rhizobium sp. GHKF11, Isolated from Farmland Soil in Pecan Grove, Texas. Genome Announcements, 4(4), e00682-16.
- Iyer, R., and Damania, A. (2016). Draft genome sequence of Stenotrophomonas maltophiliaCBF10-1, an organophosphate-degrading bacterium isolated from ranch soil in Fairchilds, Texas. Genome announcements, 4(3), e00378-16.
- Iyer, R., and Damania, A. (2016). Draft genome sequence of the broad-spectrum xenobiotic degrader Achromobacter xylosoxidans ADAF13.Genome announcements, 4(2), e00203-16.
More publications available in faculty website above.
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Grants and Funded Research
- $74,887 NIST grant for Integration of Standards and Science Policy for the 21st Century Biotechnology Workforce. PI. 2015-2018.
- $4,283.80 Fullbright Specialist Grant, Morocco. PI. 2016.
- $50,000 NSF grant for I- Corps L: Social Entrepreneurship to Integrate Education, Research, and Training- A University of Houston Model. PI. 2015-2016.
- $296,094 TWC grant for Building a 21st Century Biotechnology Workforce. PI. 2011-2012.
- $392,604 TWC grant for Building a Competitive Workforce in Life Sciences and Biotechnology. PI. 2009-2010.
- $10,000 grant for Interdisciplinary Research based Bioprocessing Laboratory. 2009.
- $100,000 grant from Li Cor Biosciences towards the purchase of 4300 sequencer.
More grants and funded research in CV below.