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Award Recipients

2015 Award Recipients

Metals Specialty Section Career Achievement Award

Wei Zheng, Purdue University

Award Recipient: Wei Zheng


Postdoctoral Award

1st Place:
Alicia Bolt, McGill University, Supervisor Koren Mann
Title: Tungsten accumulates in the bone and enhances adipogenesis, potentially at the expense of bone formation.

Award Recipient: Alicia Bolt

2nd Place:
Donghern Kim, University of Kentucky, Supervisor Zhuo Zhang
Title: Role of epidermal growth factor receptor in angiogenesis of Cr(VI)- transformed cells.

3rd Place:
Xue Fu, Purdue University, Supervisor Wei Zheng
Title: Age dependent increase of brain copper (Cu) levels and expression of Cu regulatory genes in the subventricular zone and choroid plexus.

Award Recipient: Xue Fu

Graduate Student Award

1st Place, Dean E. Carter Graduate Student Research Award:
Luis Fernando Negro Silva, McGill University, Supervisor Koren Mann
Title: Arsenic methylation is required for arsenic-induced atherosclerosis.

Award Recipient: Luis Fernando Negro Silva

2nd Place:
Laila Al-Eryani, University of Louisville, Supervisor J. Christopher States
Title: MicroRNA profile changes in immortalized human keratinocytes after low arsenic exposure.

Award Recipient: Laila Al-Eryani

3rd Place:
Jinyoung Lee, Purdue University, Supervisors Samuel Peterson and Jennifer Freeman
Title: Characterization of the Alzheimer’s disease risk gene SORL1 in the zebrafish: assessment of expression differences by sex, age, and influences of an embryonic lead (Pb) exposure.

Award Recipient: Jinyoung Lee

2014 Award Recipients

Metals Specialty Section Career Achievement Award

Joseph H. Graziano, Columbia University

 

President David Thomas and Joseph Graziano


Postdoctoral Award

1st Place:
Kathryn Page, University of California Berkeley, Supervisor Chris Vulpe
Title: Iron Deficient Toxic Milk Leads to The Mask Phenotype in Hephaestin Knockout Mice.

2nd Place:
Alicia Bolt, McGill University, Supervisor Koren Mann
Title: Tungsten alters bone homeostasis by decreasing osteogenesis and increasing adipogenesis.

3rd Place:
Katherine Pelch, NIEHS, Supervisor Michael Waalkes
Title: Differential DNA Methylation in Arsenic- Or Cadmium- Transformed Malignant Prostate Epithelial Cells.

Graduate Student Award

1st Place, Dean E. Carter Graduate Student Research Award:
Jie Luo, Iowa State University, Supervisor Anumantha Kanthasamy
Title: Neurotoxic Insults Upregulate a Novel Secreted Protein to Promote Cell Survival in Dopaminergic Neuronal Cells During Early Stages of Toxicity.

2nd Place:
Dong-Suk Kim, Iowa State University, Supervisor Anumantha Kanthasamy
Title: Manganese Exposure Downregulates Anti-Apoptotic STAT5b Signaling through an Sp1-dependent Mechanism.

3rd Place:
Eric Ditzel, University of Arizona, Supervisor Todd Camenisch
Title: In Utero and Chronic Low-dose As (III) Exacerbation of NAFLD and Alteration of Energy Metabolism.

Award Recipients (L to R): Jie Luo, Dong-Suk Kim, Eric Ditzel, Alicia Bolt, Katherine Pelch, and Lathryn Page

 

2013 Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award:

A. Jay Gandolfi  (pictured middle)

 

Postdoctoral Awards

First Place:

Ebany Martinez-Funley, Michael Aschner’s laboratory, Vanderbilt University

“Methylmercury-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans.”

Second Place:

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Lu Wang, Evan Gallagher’s laboratory, University of Washington

“Role of Nrf2 antioxidant defense in mitigating cadmium-induced oxidative stress in the olfactory system of zebrafish .”

Third Place:

Yuanyuan Xu, Michael Waalkes’s laboratory, NIEHS

“Recruitment of Normal Stem Cells into an Oncogenic Phenotype by Non-contiguous Carcinogen-Transformed Malignant Epithelia is Dependent on the Transforming Carcinogen.”

 

Graduate Student Awards

First Place:

Dilshan Harischandra, Anumantha Kanthasamy’s laboratory, Iowa State University

“Manganese exposure induces release of alpha-synuclein and promotes exosome mediated cell to cell transmission of synuclein aggregates in neurotoxicity models.”

Second Place:

Yesica Garciafigueroa, Aaron Barchowsky’s laboratory, University of Pittsburgh

“Arsenic-stimulated adipose fat metabolism is mediated by G-protein coupled receptors.”

Third Place:

Xue Fu,Wei Zheng’s laboratory, Purdue University

“Reduced Copper (Cu) Efflux Across the Blood-CSF Barrier Following Manganese (Mn) Exposure: Role of Cu Transporters ATP7A and ATP7B.”