Dr. Shama Mirza contributes to Nobel Prize winning project

Nov. 26, 2013 College News - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to eliminate chemical weapons from the world. Shama Mirza, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center, was part of a team of scientists at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) in Hyderabad, India, that partners with the OPCW in these efforts.

The Indian Institute of Chemical Technology is one of the 21 OPCW-designated laboratories across 17 countries in the world that carry out activities of the OPCW including off-site analysis of Chemical Weapon Convention-treated chemicals.

Dr. Mirza, who worked at the lab from 2000-2004, played a critical role on this team by testing soil, water and organic solvent samples for the detection of compounds that can be used to make chemical weapons.

Established in 1997 by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) treaty, OPCW works under the frame work of the United Nations.

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