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Dr. Rabindra Roy

Drury professor awarded $229,184 in grants for undergraduate research

For Immediate Release: September 30

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 30, 2009 — Drury Chemistry Professor Dr. Rabindra Roy has received two grants totaling $229,184 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund undergraduate student chemistry research at Drury.

Dr. Roy’s research focuses on determining the acidity of biological buffers for physiological fluids such as blood and plasma. This information is useful for biomedical, clinical, and pharmaceutical applications including preservation techniques used in organ transplant procedures. For the first of the two grants, the NIH awarded Dr. Roy $194,800 to continue his undergraduate research.

“Dr. Roy’s work fills a significant gap in thermodynamic data for biochemical buffers, information that has a broad impact on basic and clinical biomedical research,” said Charles G. Edmonds, Ph.D., who oversees technological development grants at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. “The exacting work lends itself well to training undergraduates in scientific methods, and many of Dr. Roy’s students have gone on to successful careers in biomedical research. We are confident that he will continue to make significant contributions to biomedicine through his research and by helping train the next generation of scientists.”

Dr. Roy’s undergraduate research class, commonly called “Roy-search,” requires students to commit to working in the lab on Friday nights and all-day Saturday on several weekends during the school year. During summer months, students work all day five-days-a-week to continue the research projects. So far in 2009, 25 Drury undergraduates have co-authored nine papers in scientific publications and eleven students co-authored papers for the American Chemical Society National Convention. Since 1966, more than 405 students have presented at national and international meetings.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Roy has taught chemistry at Drury, ushering more than 600 students through his undergraduate research class. Many of those students have gone on to medical school and graduate school.

In addition, Dr. Roy secured a grant from NIH for $34,384 called a Diversity Supplemental Grant. The purpose of this monetary award is to help increase the number of females and minorities in the pool of scientists. Dr. Roy will use the money to pay a minority student to conduct lab work and perform research for two years.

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