We are excited to honor Dr. Rupa Iyer as our Outstanding Women In Science (OWIS), 2020 during our OWIS Seminar Series, 2020. Please join us, albeit virtually to honor Dr. Rupa Iyer for her outstanding contribution to STEM on Wednesday, December 2nd at 5 pm.
Dr. Rupa Iyer is the Founding Director of Biotechnology programs and Professor of Engineering Technology at the University of Houston (UH). With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), she created, designed, and implemented an interdisciplinary research-based biotechnology degree. Her undergraduate research model is currently disseminated and implemented at 5 diverse institutions to broaden participation and provide access to collaborative research experiences for undergraduates. Iyer also serves as the Director for Center for Life Sciences Technology (UH). She was the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Technology at UH (2013 -2017) before she began her rotation at NSF as a Program Director in 2017. She was a Fulbright Specialist to Morocco (2016), recipient of UH’s Excellence in Teaching award, and UH’s Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Award. She is a fellow of the Association of Public and Land Universities’ (APLU), Council on Research (CoR).
Dr. Iyer received her Ph. D in microbial genetics from Michigan State University and conducted her postdoctoral studies at M. D Anderson Cancer Research Center. Iyer’s research is in soil microbiome exposure and adaptation to xenobiotic compounds, and its implications and applications in biotechnology. She has integrated her disciplinary research and evidence based and evidence generating approach to improving STEM education. The approach provides a global platform to address and solve problems in environmental contamination and as well as STEM education in a very cost-effective way.