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School of Environment and Life Sciences

Dr Debapriya Mondal

Reader in Safety, Health and Environment; Programme Leader for MSc Environment and Health Programmes


I am an environmental epidemiologist with more than ten years’ experience working in the area of environmental determinants of human health. I have successfully drawn on work from different fields of environmental sciences, with particular interest in effects of arsenic contamination on human health, biomarkers of arsenic exposure and identification of molecular and physiological mechanisms of arsenic toxicity.

My research extends from field surveys to lab-based experimental studies and quantitative data analysis. Much of my field work is based in rural India. Currently, I am leading a project on ‘Nature and nurture in arsenic induced toxicity of Bihar, India’ in collaboration with two different Indian institutes.


I am the programme leader of PGT Environment and Health programmes. I contribute to teaching on a range of undergraduate (Environmental Management programme) and postgraduate (Environment and Health programmes) modules.

Research Interests

My principle research interests are a) effects of environmental contaminants on human health; b) quantitative risk assessment, risk perception, environmental health policy making and settings of limits for controlling exposure to environmental contaminants; c) biological effects of contaminants and determination of factors that make some population more sensitive than others and d) molecular and physiological mechanisms of toxicity including cellular and sub-cellular biomarkers for contaminants.

One of the key features of my research is inter- and cross-disciplinary studies. I have been part of many research projects like C8 Science Panel study ($70 million project to address the health effect of 69,000 participants in mid-Ohio valley); British Council /UKIERI (£ 113K) PRAMA project; National Rural Drinking water resource study (coordinated by UNICEF) and Wellcome trust ‘gender equality study’.

My current research projects include:

1) Nature and nurture in arsenic induced toxicity of Bihar, India, funded by DST-UKIERI Thematic Partnership award (£ 195,588)

2) Effects of contaminants in the brown shrimp Crangon crangon: a field –based approach, funded by Enterprise project: “Upper Mersey Estuary – Living Laboratory – Proof of Concept” The Mersey Gateway (£ 6,000)

3) The contamination profile of Mangrove crustaceans (khori shrimp, blue crabs and barnacles) inhabiting in Qatari waters 

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD in Environmental Health Risk Assessment

MSc in Environmental Management

MSc in Chemistry

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC, Europe)

Council member of SETAC, UK

Scientific committee member of UK & Ireland Exposure Science Group

Committee member of International Conference on Molecular Signalling (ICMS, India)

Editorial Board member of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences


Selected Publications:

Lopez-Espinosa, M.J., Mondal, D. Armstrong B.G., et al. (2016) Perfluoroalkyl Substances, Sex Hormones, and Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 at 6–9 Years of Age: A Cross-Sectional Analysis within the C8 Health Project. Environmental Health Perspectives 124(8) 1269-127. 

Mondal, D., Galloway, T.S., Bailey, T.C and Mathews, F. (2014) Elevated risk of stillbirth in males: systematic review and meta-analysis of more than 30 million births. BMC Medicine,12:220.2.   

Mondal, D., Ganguli, B., Sen Roy, S., et al. (2014)  Diarrhoeal Health Risks Attributable to Water-Borne-Pathogens in Arsenic-Mitigated Drinking Water in West Bengal are Largely Independent of the Microbiological Quality of the Supplied Water. Water, 6, 1100-1117

Rahman, M.M., Mondal, D., Das, B. et al. (2014) Status of groundwater arsenic contamination in all 17 blocks of Nadia district in the state of West Bengal, India: A 23-year study report. Journal of Hydrology, 518(C), 363-372.

Mondal, D., Weldon R.H., Armstrong, B., et al. (2014) Breastfeeding, a potential excretion route for mothers and implication for infant exposure to Perflyouoalkyl Acids. Environmental Health Perspectives, 122 (2), 187-192. 

Banerjee, M., Banerjee, N., Bhattacharjee, P. Mondal, D. et al. (2013)   High arsenic in rice is associated with elevated genotoxic effects in humans. Scientific Reports, 3, 2195. 

Mondal, D., Lopez, M.J., Armstrong, B., Fletcher, T. (2012) Relationships of Perfluorooctanoate and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Serum Concentrations Between Child-Mother Pairs in a Population with Perfluorooctanoate Exposure from Drinking Water. Environmental Health Perspectives, 5, 752-757.          

Mondal, D.,  Banerjee, M.,  Kundu, M., et al. (2010) Comparison of drinking water, raw rice and cooking of rice as arsenic exposure routes in three contrasting areas of West Bengal, India. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 32(6), 463-477.Mondal, D., Polya, D.A. (2008) Rice is a major exposure route for arsenic in Chakdha Block, West Bengal: a Probabilistic Risk Assessment. Applied Geochemistry, 23, 2986- 2997