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  • Recipient of 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest award of University of Alberta Alumni


    Distinguished Alumni Award

    For safeguarding human health while valuing education

    Ram Deva Mehta, ’72 PhD

    Leader in genetic toxicology

    Humans come into contact with thousands of chemicals each day. Since 1984, Mehta has been a leader in the science of finding the substances that could be hazardous to our health, analyzing everything from food, pharmaceuticals and chemical products to water and air quality.

    His PBR Laboratories was one of the first private-sector ventures in Canada to develop and employ genetic toxicology tests, with an innovative process that used bacteria, yeast and animal-derived cell lines instead of live animals. “Genetic toxicology provides the simplest way to exclude a number of potential cancercausing chemicals before going to animal and clinical studies,” he says. By 1997, PBR had become the first Canadian laboratory to earn an international quality assurance designation that allowed its results to be accepted around the world.

    Mehta says he is humbled and conscious that his achievements have been possible thanks to the great gift he received as a child in India, when he became the first of his siblings to be allowed to attend the village school. Mehta’s gratitude fuels his other passion: to make education a basic right.

    He is co-founder of three charities that make education accessible to children in Nepal, India and Canada. He notes with pride that today the literacy rate in his former village is 90 per cent; 60 years ago it was less than 10 per cent.

    Mehta and his company have also helped students gain hands-on experience, through mentoring and opportunities to work on various R&D projects at PBR. Some projects have even had real-life impact, such as the high school test of air quality in a school portable. When students found worryingly high levels of mould spores, it led to the portable being closed.

    “Education has become a paramount thing in my mind,” he says. “Everybody must get educated.”

  • News & Events

    Jun 7, 2016
    PBR Services to Fort McMurray Re-Development Projects

    Details:
    PBR offers special discounted price for all of its analytical services required for the Fort cMrray Re-Development Projects. Our Laboratory services include the following:

    1. Water analysis for bacterial, including fecal and chemical contaminants.
    2. Soil, household dust, and any organic residuals for toxicity and chemical contaminants.
    3. Indoor air sampling and analysis for mold and bacterial contamination.

    Sep 17, 2013
    International Validation Study

    Details:
    PBR has successfully completed the 4th (Final) stage of Pig- A gene mutation assay