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Rita Upmacis

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry and Physical Sciences

Location
  • @New York City
Office Hours
New York City

Biography


Dr. Upmacis obtained both her BSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK. She was a postdoctoral fellow in Bio-inorganic Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, and performed research at Rohm and Haas Company (Philadelphia) and Weill Cornell Medical College (New York) before coming to Pace University in 2010.

Education


Awards and Honors

  • Royal Society of Chemsitry, December 2014 - Elected to Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
  • Dyson College, April 2014 - Inducted as Dyson Fellow in the Society of Fellows
  • Provost's Office, April 2014 - Provost's Award (2nd Annual Research Day)

Publications


Upmacis, R. K. & Palmer, J. H. (2015, February 21). Crystal Structure of Bis[1-(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-methyl-5-nitro-1H-imidazole-?N3]silver(I) tetrafluoroborate methanol monosolvate. Acta Crystallographica. Vol E71 , pages 284-287.

Palmer, J. H., Wu, J. & Upmacis, R. K. (2015, February 24). Coordination of metronidazole to Cu(II): Structural characterization of a mononuclear square-planar compound.. Journal of Molecular Structure. Vol 1091 , pages 177-182.

Rozov, M., Brescia, T., Valdez, L. & Upmacis, R. K. Teaching Green Chemistry principles to undergraduate students.. Athens Journal of Sciences.

PRESENTATIONS


Upmacis, R. K., Mejia, E., Becker, W. L. & Jordan, K. D. (2015, May). LIPID MAPS Conference. Gender-Specific Prostaglandin Production. UC San Diego

Wu, J., Palmer, J. H. & Upmacis, R. K. (2015, March). Dyson Society of Fellows 2015 Annual Meeting. Anti-Parasitic Activity of Copper(II) Complexes of Metronidazole. Dyson Society of Fellows, Pace University

Upmacis, R. K., Pace, S. J., Brescia, T. K. & Mojica, E. E. (2015, March 10). Pittcon Conference 2015. Videotaping experiments in Analytical Chemistry course. Pittcon, New Orleans, LA

RESEARCH INTEREST


Dr. Upmacis' research focuses on investigating factors that lead to oxidative and nitrative stress under conditions of inflammation during disease states and also infections. Oxidative and nitrative stress occurs when there is an overproduction of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species that can act together to cause toxic effects in cells and contribute to inflammation. Recent research has examined the products formed when certain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, found in fish oils, scavenge oxygen. In addition, the effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and their oxidized products on parasite survival are under investigation.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Upmacis, R. K. Calcium and Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: Acquisition of a Calcium Ion Electrode.
Scholarly Research , Pace University , $1,495.00 . Funded,

Upmacis, R. K. An Undergraduate Green Chemistry Course & Videotaping Experiments in an Analytical Chemistry Course.
Kenan Fund for Faculty Development , Pace University , $1,000.00 . Funded,

Upmacis, R. K. Gender-Specific Prostaglandin Production.
Dyson College 2014 Faculty Summer Research Grant , Pace University , $1,000.00 . Funded,

Mojica, E., Upmacis, R. K. & Karaalioglu, C. Interactive whiteboards and computerized assistance in Chemistry..
Verizon Thinkfinity Foundation through Pace Provost's Office , Pace University , $11,647.00 . Funded,

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Society for Microbiologists [Member] 2011
  • American Society for Inverstigative Pathology [Member] 2002
  • North American Vascular Biology Organization [Member] 1999
  • American Chemical Society [Member] 1986
  • Royal Society of Chemistry [FRSC] 1986
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