Solution to Mercury Poisioning

Dr. Gouriprasanna Roy’s cutting-edge work on ‘Chemical Detoxification of Organomercurials’ recently got highlighted in Angewandte Chemie, one of the leading journals of Chemistry.

Dr. Roy is an assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry in the School of Natural Science (SoNS).

According to Dr. Roy, research is a tool to solve the problems of the society. Rapid industrialization and urbanization have led to contamination of water with heavy metals such as mercury and mercury related toxic compounds, lead, arsenic. Dr. Roy’s laboratory is continuously working on the decontamination of such toxic heavy metals, particularly focused on mercury, lead and copper. Recently at Shiv Nadar University, Dr Roy’s group have discovered novel compounds which can transform highly toxic soluble mercury and mercury related compounds such as methylmercury (MeHg) and ethylmercury (EtHg) into less toxic insoluble materials, similar to the minerals such as cinnabar, metacinnaber and Tiemannite. This novel finding may lead to the discovery of a new potential molecule to treat patient’s suffering from methylmercury poisoning.

Dr. Roy has a doctorate from the Indian institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore with Prof. G. Mugesh, a renowned scientist in ‘Bio-Inorganic Chemistry’ in India. His Ph.D. thesis was on - synthesis and mechanism of anti-thyroid compound against hyperthyroidism, which unlike other commercially available medication has a reversible impact. Before joining Shiv Nadar University on 29 November 2012, Dr. Roy has worked with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Oregon, U.S.; Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), San Diego, U.S.

At Shiv Nadar University, Dr. Roy’s laboratory works on the interface of chemistry and biology. The laboratory houses state-of-the art research facilities such as: Single-Crystal XRD, XRD, LCMS-QTOF, NMR, HPLC, Flow Cytometry, High-End Fluorescence Microscopy and others.