Rao M. Uppu, PhD, a longtime SOT member, was recently elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England. Dr. Uppu is the James and Ruth Smith Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Toxicology in the College of Sciences and Engineering at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Every year, the Royal Society of Chemistry awards the Fellow designation to only a handful of distinguished professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the chemical sciences.
Founded in 1841, the Royal Society of Chemistry is the United Kingdom’s professional body for chemical scientists and the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Achieving Fellow status in the chemical profession denotes to the wider community a high level of accomplishment as a professional chemist. In addition, fellows must have been distinguished in the management of a chemical sciences organization. The list of newly elected Fellows for the year 2018 was published on page 53 of the 3rd January 2019 issue of the Times newspaper (London).
In addition to being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Dr. Uppu holds many accolades and titles, including Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences; Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology; Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES) from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists; Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS), premier dual credentials from the National Environmental Health Association; and membership in CyHABs Research Consortium, a multi-university, multi-center organization aimed at promoting research on cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms in surface water and their impact on human and animal health and well-being. These recognitions come with outstanding global contributions to the field of environmental chemistry and molecular toxicology and substantial career progression affecting the wider science community.
Dr. Uppu is internationally known for his expertise in the areas of oxidative chemistry and biology. The scientific contributions Dr. Uppu made with Dr. William Pryor on the chemistry of peroxynitrite in acceleration of nitration and nitrosation reactions in nitric oxide-producing biological systems has redirected the focus of the free radicals field worldwide. In addition to publishing in peer-reviewed journals and books, Dr. Uppu has trained numerous MS and PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.