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Rita Upmacis

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry and Physical Sciences

  • @New York City
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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.


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)


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


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

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

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

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

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


American Society for Microbiologists[Member]

American Society for Inverstigative Pathology[Member]

North American Vascular Biology Organization[Member]

American Chemical Society[Member]

Royal Society of Chemistry[FRSC]

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