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Southern University's Dr. Uppu elected ‘Fellow’ in international science group


Southern University's Dr. Rao M Uppu, a professor and Director of the Environmental Toxicology Ph.D. program at Southern University, has recently been elected as a "Fellow" of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS).

Uppu joins a select group of around 300 ATS Fellows in the world.

The ATS is a non-profit organization based in Reston, Va. Fellows are selected based on their education, professional experience, proven achievement with outstanding ability and scientific expertise. Traditionally, ATS fellows are selected from various national and international organizations such as the Society of Toxicology, American College of Toxicology, European Toxicology Society, Teratology Society, Society for Risk Analysis, Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society, and the like.

Uppu says he is truly honored and humbled by the award and attributes it to hard work and mentoring received from his peers. He goes on to say that it is recognition for Southern University.

Uppu, a longtime member of the Society of Toxicology, has been recognized for his work in the areas of ozone-mediated oxidations, oxidative and nitrosative stress, and cell signaling. His major accomplishments are modeling and unraveling of enzymatic hydrogen transfer, biological nitration, and cell signaling by 'ozone-specific' oxysterols.

He has published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been on the Editorial Boards of several journals. He has mentored several graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

In 2007, Uppu was honored as the university-wide researcher and professor of the year. He also received Southern's Business and Industry Cluster Quality Award (2011), Telugu Association of North America Excellence in Science Award (2011), and the SUBR Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013).