2021 SOT Award Recipients

SOT Honors and Awards

Congratulations to the 2021 SOT Award recipients. The awardees will be honored during the Virtual 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, March 12–26, 2021. The citations for the 2021 SOT Award recipients, as well as a list of the 2020 SOT Endowment Fund Award recipients, also are available in the 2021 SOT Awards Program.

T. Burke

Honorary Membership

Thomas A. Burke, PhD

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

J. Wu

Honorary Membership

Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD

Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

A. Patterson

Achievement Award

Andrew D. Patterson, PhD

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

C. Willhite

Arnold J. Lehman Award

Calvin C. Willhite, PhD

Risk Sciences International and McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment, Ottawa, ON, Canada

D. Cory-Slechta

Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award

Deborah Cory-Slechta, PhD

University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

W. Zheng

Education Award

Wei Zheng, PhD, ATS

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

B. Wetmore

Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award

Barbara A. Wetmore, PhD

US EPA Office of Research and Development, Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, Research Triangle Park, NC

M. Gallo

Founders Award (for Outstanding Leadership in Toxicology)

Michael Gallo, PhD, ATS, DABT

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ

D. Dolinoy

Leading Edge in Basic Science Award

Dana C. Dolinoy, PhD

University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

R. Henderson

Merit Award

Rogene Henderson, PhD, DABT

Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Albuquerque, NM

J. Lewis

Public Communications Award

Johnnye Lewis, PhD

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

K. S. Rao

Toxicologist Mentoring Award

K. S. Rao, PhD, DABT

Eurofins/Advinus, Bangalore, India

R. Fry

Translational Impact Award

Rebecca Fry, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

L. Williams

Undergraduate Educator Award

Larissa Williams, PhD

Bates College, Lewiston, ME


Toxicological Sciences Paper of the Year Award

Selected by the SOT Board of Publications, this award recognizes the author(s) of a paper published in the official SOT journal, Toxicological Sciences, during the 12-month period terminating with the June issue of the calendar year preceding the Annual Meeting at which the award is presented.

Gene Expression and DNA Methylation Alterations in the Glycine N-Methyltransferase Gene in Diet-Induced Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease–Associated Carcinogenesis

Barbara Borowa-Mazgaj, Aline de Conti, Volodymyr Tryndyak, Colleen R. Steward, Leandro Jimenez, Stepan Melnyk, Mulugeta Seneshaw, Faridodin Mirshahi, Ivan Rusyn, Frederick A. Beland, Arun J. Sanyal, and Igor P. Pogribny.

2019. Toxicological Sciences 170, no. 2 (August): 273–82.

Paper Merits

Supported Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

A. Bhalero

Colgate-Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods

Aditya Bhalerao, MS

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester, MI

Project Title:
“Toxicological Impact of Smoking on a Microfluidic Model of the Blood-Brain Barrier—Risks and Outcomes for Neurological Disorders”

D. Robarts

Colgate-Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods

Dakota Robarts, BS

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Project Title:
“Is Loss of HNF4α Function a Key Event in Chemical Carcinogenesis?”

I. Ferreira

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research

Isabel Ferreira, MSc

Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Project Title:
“Development of a Defined Approach for Respiratory Sensitization Hazard Assessment”

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research

Balaji Karthick Subramanian, PhD

Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Project Title:
“3D Microperfused Array Model of Kidney Tubules for Acute Toxicity Testing”

N. Sheik Abdul

Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in In Vitro Toxicology

Naeem Sheik Abdul, PhD

Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Applied Microbial and Health Biotechnology Institute, Cape Town, South Africa

Project Title:
”Role of Non-coding RNAs in Fumonisin B1–Induced Metabolic Toxicity: An Alternate Mechanism of Action”

O. Sharifi

Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New Technologies

Osman Sharifi, MS

University of California Davis, Davis, CA

Project Title:
“Effects of PCB Mixtures on Gene Expression in Distinct Cell Types of the Rett Syndrome Mouse Model Brain”

Best Postdoctoral Publication Awards

Presented by the Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA), the Best Postdoctoral Publication Awards recognize outstanding work accomplished during formal mentored postdoctoral traineeships by recognizing recently published exceptional papers in the field of toxicology.

S. Martos

Suzanne N. Martos, PhD

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Durham, NC

Martos, Suzanne N., Michelle R. Campbell, Oswaldo A. Lozoya, Xuting Wang, Brian D. Bennett, Isabel J.B. Thompson, Ma Wan, Gary S. Pittman, and Douglas A. Bell. 2020.
“Single-Cell Analyses Identify Dysfunctional CD16+ CD8 T Cells in Smokers.”
Cell Reports Medicine 1, no. 4 (July).

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J. Nyffeler

Johanna Nyffeler, PhD

US EPA, Durham, NC

Nyffeler, Johanna, Clinton Willis, Ryan Lougee, Ann Richard, Katie Paul-Friedman, and Joshua A. Harrill. 2020.
“Bioactivity Screening of Environmental Chemicals Using Imaging-Based High-Throughput Phenotypic Profiling.”
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 389 (January).

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E. Pajarillo

Edward Alain B. Pajarillo, PhD

Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Pajarillo, Edward, Asha Rizor, Deok-Soo Son, Michael Aschner, and Eunsook Lee. 2020.
“The Transcription Factor REST Up-Regulates Tyrosine Hydroxylase and Antiapoptotic Genes and Protects Dopaminergic Neurons against Manganese Toxicity.”
Journal of Biological Chemistry 295 (March): 3040–54

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Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award

This award recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student from a racial/ethnic group underrepresented in toxicology who previously participated in the SOT Undergraduate Program and is presenting a paper during the upcoming SOT Annual Meeting.

A. E. Svetlik

Alexandra E. Svetlik

King University, Bristol, TN

Abstract Title: Investigation of the Protective Effects of Nicotine in Pesticide-Induced Neurodegeneration in the Model Organism C. elegans

SOT Undergraduate Research Award

These awards recognize outstanding undergraduates who have not yet received their bachelor’s degrees and are presenting research at the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. The goal of these awards is to foster interest in graduate studies in the field of toxicology.

K. Ahmed

Khunsha Ahmed

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Abstract Title: Impact of Manganese Exposure on Mood in Welders: A Longitudinal Study

T. Banota

Tanvi Banota

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ

Abstract Title: Farnesoid X Receptor Regulates Immune Cell Activation and Recruitment to the Lung following Exposure of Mice to Nitrogen Mustard

N. Cemalovic

Nicholas Ian Cemalovic

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Abstract Title: Morphometric Feature Selection for the High-Throughput Image-Based Chemical Phenotyping of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

J. Chen

Jenny Chen

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Abstract Title: Developmental Behavioral Alterations following Lead (Pb) Exposure in the Zebrafish Model System

K. Clough

Katelyn Clough

Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

Abstract Title: Assessing Adult Learning and Memory in Three Genotypes of Mice Exposed to Benzo[a]pyrene during Early Brain Development

K. M. De La Torre

Kathy Marie De La Torre

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Abstract Title: Prenatal and Postnatal Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls Alters Hormone Receptor Expression in the Rat Ovary

D. T. Han

David T. Han

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Abstract Title: Dioxin Disrupts Thyroid and Glucocorticoid Hormone Induction of klf9, a Master Regulator of Frog Metamorphosis

M. Hlobik

Madeline Hlobik

University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: University of Kansas Medical Center

Abstract Title: Lack of Transcription Factor EB Inhibits Alcohol-Associated Liver Carcinogenesis

M. Jaeschke

Matthew Wolfgang Jaeschke

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Abstract Title: Late Treatment of Acetaminophen Toxicity with N-Acetylcysteine Inhibits Liver Regeneration

A. Kotapalli

Anusha LakshmiDharmavathi-KV Kotapalli

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Abstract Title: Behavioral Alterations following Exposure to a Lead and Atrazine Mixture during Early Development in the Zebrafish Model System

B. E. West

Bailey E. West

University of Maine, Orono, ME

Abstract Title #1: Antimicrobial Agent Cetylpyridinium Chloride Inhibits Immune Mast Cell Function

Abstract Title #2: Antimicrobial Agent Cetylpyridinium Chloride Interferes with Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-Bisphosphate-Protein Interactions in Influenza Infection Fibroblast Model and in Mast Cells