Staff profile

Professor Aradhana Mehra

Head of Environmental Sustainability Research Centre


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Environmental Sciences

Research centre

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Head of Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Teaching responsibilities

As the Head of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, I oversee reserach and academic enterprise. I am Programme Leader for the MSc in Environmental Assessment and Control, and for the PG Cert in Managing Urban Drainage. I teach on various aspects of environmental pollution, biogeochemical cycling of environmental contaminants, bioavailability and speciation of toxic and essential elements in the environment, toxic elements in the human food chain and their human exposure assessment.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the area of biogeochemistry of elements in the water-soil-plant-human pathway to understand the links between the geochemical environment and the health of plants, animals and human beings. My current research work is in two main areas:

Membership of professional bodies

Current professional memberships:

CSci - Chartered Scientist, The Science Council, Institution of Environmental Sciences, UK, 2011 (Registration number IES/123/0131)                               

CEnv - Chartered Environmentalist, Society for the Environment, UK, 2005 (Registration number 2473) 

MIEMA - Full Member, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, UK, 2011                                                                                                                     

MIEnvSc - Full Member, Institution of Environmental Sciences, UK, 2005                                                                                                                                       

MInstLM - Member, Institute of Leadership and Management, UK, 2008 (Membership Number 106342)                                                                                               

SHEA - Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, UK, 2014 (Recognition reference PR079743)


Membership of professional societies:


Research qualifications

Recent conferences

Mehra, A. and Banerjee, D.K. 2014. Implications of traditional commercial practices on the current environmental status of River Yamuna in the Delhi-Mathura-Agra region, India. IWA Regional Symposium on Water, Wastewater and Environment: Traditions and Culture. March 2014, Patras, Greece. Pp 731-740.

Mehra, A., Lynch, P.T., Saikat, S.Q., Samson, L., Aigbogun, I., and Oluleye, O. 2013. Human exposure to fluoride from drinking water – a pilot study in the East Midlands region, UK.  29th International conference for the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health, July 2013, Toulouse, France.

Mehra, A., Lynch, P.T., Saikat, S.Q., Chan., L., Samson, L, and Squires, F. 2012. Human exposure to fluoride in Derbyshire, UK. 9th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry. July, 2012, Aveiro, Portugal.

Chan, L., Mehra, A., Lynch, P., and Saikat, S. 2011. Potential human exposure to aluminium and fluoride from tea (Camellia sinensis) consumption, at the International Conference on Environment and Health, incorporating the 28th SEGH (Society for Environmental Geochemistry & Health) European Conference and Workshops, April 2011, Edge Hill, Ormskirk, UK

Chan, L., Mehra, A., Lynch, P., and Saikat, S. 2011 Towards development of an in vitro method to estimate the oral bioavailability/bioaccessibility of fluoride from tea consumption at the International Conference on Environment and Health, incorporating the 28th SEGH (Society for Environmental Geochemistry & Health) European Conference and Workshops, April 2011, Edge Hill, Ormskirk, UK

Chan, L., Mehra, A., Lynch, P., and Saikat, S. 2010. Human Expoesure to fluoride from tea (Camellia sinensis), at the SEGH 2010 International Conference and Workshops of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health on Environmental Quality and Human Health, June-July, 2010, Galway, Ireland

International experience

Research and Academic Collaborations:

On international programme validation panels

MSc, PhD Examinerships:

Grant Reviewer:

Additional interests and activities

I have supervised the following PhD students towards successful completion:

Journal editorial boards:

In the media

French TV (France 5): Fluor un ami quivous veut du mal ‘Fluoride an evil friend’, April 26th, 2016

BBC East Midlands TV 1 pm and 6.30 pm News, July 25th, 2013: Film on 'fluoride in tea and human health'

ITV News 6 pm, March 2009: interviewed on 'fluoridation of drinking water'

BBC TV documentary, 2007: Tap water vs bottled water

Several BBC Radio interviews on aspects such as drinking water quality’, ‘iodine in the UK-Peak District area, ‘fluoride in drinking water’.

Recent publications

Karak, A., Paul, R.K., Kutu, F.R., Mehra, A., Khare, P., Dutta, A.K., Bora, K., Boruaha, R.K. 2016. Comparative assessment of copper, iron and zinc contents in selected Indian (Assam) and South African (Thohoyandou) tea (Camellia sinensisL.) samples and their infusion: A quest for health risks to consumer. Biological Trace Element Research, DOI: 10.1007/s12011-016-0783-3 

Jasrotia, S., Kansal, A, and Mehra, A. 2015. Performance of aquatic plant species for phytoremediation of arsenic-contaminated waterApplied Water Science, DOI 10.1007/s13201-015-0300-4

Lynch P.T., Siddika A., Mehra A., Benelli C. and Lambardi M. 2014. Cryopreservation of Quince (Cydonia oblonga Mill.). Cryo Letters  35, 188-196

Mehra, A., Saikat, S.Q., and Carter, J.E.  2014. Bioavailability of iodine in the UK-Peak District environment and its human bioaccessibility: an assessment of the causes of historical goitre in this area. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment186, 987-999.

Chan, L., Mehra, A,. Saikat, S.Q., and Lynch, P.T. 2013. Human exposure assessment of fluoride from tea (Camellia sinensis L.): A UK based issue? Food Research International , 51, 564-570.

Mehra, A., Lynch, P., Saikat, S., Chan, L. 2013. Trace elements in tea (Camellia sinensis) and their bioavailability, In: Tea and Health and Disease Prevention, Ed. V.R. Preedy, Elsevier, London, UK, pp 257-274.

Lynch, P.T., Siddikaa, A.,  Johnston, J.W., Trigwell, S.M., Mehra, A., Benelli, C.,  Lambardi, M., Benson, E. 2011. Effects of Osmotic Pretreatments on Oxidative Stress, Antioxidant Profiles and Cryopreservation of Olive Somatic Embryos, Plant Science181, 47-56.

Chawla, R., Sathian, B, Mehra, A., Kiyawat, V., Garg, A., Shrama, K. 2010. Awareness and assessment of risk factors for lung cancer in residents of Pokhra Valley. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention11, 1789-93.

Kalavrouziotisa, I.K., Koukoulakis, P.H., and Mehra, A. 2010. Quantification of elemental interaction effects on Brussels sprouts under treated municipal wastewater. Desalination. 254, 6-11.

Blog Posts

Women in STEM

To mark International Women’s Day, Aradhana Mehra at the University of Derby, explains the importance of encouraging women to pursue careers in STEM.