2023 SOT Award Recipients

SOT Honors and Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2023 SOT Award recipients. The awardees will be honored during the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, March 19–23, 2023. The citations for the 2023 SOT Award recipients, as well as a list of the 2022 SOT Endowment Fund Award recipients, also are available in the 2023 SOT Awards Program.

Namandjé N. Bumpus, PhD

Honorary Membership

Namandjé N. Bumpus, PhD

US FDA, Silver Spring, MD

Accomplishments
John Daniel Clarke, PhD

Achievement Award

John Daniel Clarke, PhD

Washington State University, Spokane, WA

Accomplishments
Elaine M. Faustman, PhD, DABT, ATS

Arnold J. Lehman Award

Elaine M. Faustman, PhD, DABT, ATS

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Accomplishments
Anumantha G. Kanthasamy, PhD

Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award

Anumantha G. Kanthasamy, PhD

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Accomplishments
Bevin Page Engelward, ScD

Education Award

Bevin Page Engelward, ScD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Accomplishments
Erin H. Hill, BA

Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award

Erin H. Hill, BA

Institute for In Vitro Sciences Inc., Gaithersburg, MD

Accomplishments
Jon C. Cook, PhD, DABT, ATS

Founders Award (for Outstanding Leadership in Toxicology)

Jon C. Cook, PhD, DABT, ATS

Pfizer Inc., Groton, CT

Accomplishments
Irfan Rahman, PhD

Leading Edge in Basic Science Award

Irfan Rahman, PhD

University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Accomplishments
Lois D. Lehman-McKeeman, PhD

Merit Award

Lois D. Lehman-McKeeman, PhD

Bristol Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ

Accomplishments
Jamie C. DeWitt, PhD

Public Communications Award

Jamie C. DeWitt, PhD

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Accomplishments
Robyn Leigh Tanguay, PhD

Toxicologist Mentoring Award

Robyn Leigh Tanguay, PhD

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Accomplishments
Kjersti Aagaard, MD, PhD

Translational Impact Award

Kjersti Aagaard, MD, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Accomplishments
Lauren M. Aleksunes, PharmD, PhD, DABT

Undergraduate Educator Award

Lauren M. Aleksunes, PharmD, PhD, DABT

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

Accomplishments

SOT Supported Award Recipients

Arturo Barahona, MPH

Bristol Myers Squibb Graduate Student Research Training Award to Promote Diversity in Toxicology

Arturo Barahona, MPH

Florida International University, Miami, FL

Project Title:
Gene-Environment Interactions between the APOE Genotype and Mn in Neurodegenerative Disease

Xuelian Jia, MS

Colgate-Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods

Xuelian Jia, MS

Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Project Title:
Development of Mechanism-Driven Virtual Adverse Outcome Pathway for Hepatotoxicity

Fiona Murphy, PhD

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research

Fiona Murphy, PhD

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Project Title:
Development of a Physiologically Relevant In Vitro Model of the Lung Alveolar Space, Incorporating Novel Peptide Hydrogels as Biomimetic Extracellular Matrix Scaffolds

Ana Cristina Rosa da Silva, PhD

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research

Ana Cristina Rosa da Silva, PhD

Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Project Title:
ChemSensing—A Biosensor to Detect Human Skin Sensitizers

Joost Boeckmans, PharmD, PhD

Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in In Vitro Toxicology

Joost Boeckmans, PharmD, PhD

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Project Title:
In Vitro Implementation of a Polygenic Risk Score for Hepatic Fat Content to Unravel Interindividual Anti-NASH Drug Responses

Shreyas Gaikwad, MS

Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New Technologies

Shreyas Gaikwad, MS

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Abilene, TX

Project Title:
MBO: A Novel Therapeutic Option for Pancreatic Cancer

Additional SOT Award Recipients

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.

“Paternal Cannabis Exposure Prior to Mating, but Not Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, Elicits Deficits in Dopaminergic Synaptic Activity in the Offspring.”

Theodore A. Slotkin, Edward D. Levin, and Frederic J. Seidler.

2021. Toxicological Sciences 184, no. 2 (December): 252–64.

Paper Merits

Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program

The Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program (GSSEP) aims to increase the global impact of toxicology on human health and safety by working to strengthen toxicology programs and capacity at universities throughout the world. The SOT Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program provides funding support for senior-level scientists from countries recognized as part of the SOT Global Economy Support Programs to visit senior-level scientists with an established toxicology program to gain insight into toxicology research programs. The host senior scientist returns the visit to offer further advice and guidance to the supported toxicology program.

Motunrayo G. Akande

GSSEP SCHOLAR

Motunrayo G. Akande, DVM, PhD, FCVSN

University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria

Carolina I. Ghanem

GSSEP SCHOLAR

Carolina I. Ghanem, PhD

Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Aaron Barchowsky

GSSEP HOST

Aaron Barchowsky, PhD

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

José E. Manautou

GSSEP HOST

José E. Manautou, PhD, ATS

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

SOT/SOT Endowment Fund/IUTOX Travel Awards

These travel fellowships, administered by IUTOX and sponsored by SOT and the SOT Endowment Fund, are awarded to junior and senior scientists from countries where toxicology is underrepresented to assist with travel to attend the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

Saira Amir, PhD

Saira Amir, PhD

COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan

Chaniphun Butryee, PhD

Chaniphun Butryee, PhD

Mahidol University Institute of Nutrition, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

Aziza Hussein Bakheit Adam, PhD

Aziza Hussein Bakheit Adam, PhD

University of Khartoum Faculty of Public and Environmental Health, Khartoum, Sudan

Adeep Monger, MS

Adeep Monger, MS

Bhutan Ministry of Health Royal Centre for Disease Control, Wangchutaba, Serbithang, Bhutan

Gisela Laura Poletta, PhD

Gisela Laura Poletta, PhD

Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) and Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina

Best Postdoctoral Publication Awards

Presented by the Postdoctoral Assembly, these awards recognize outstanding work accomplished during formal mentored postdoctoral traineeships by recognizing exceptional recently published papers in the field of toxicology.

Qiran Chen, PhD

Qiran Chen, PhD

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Chen, Qiran, Wei-Chun Chou, and Zhoumeng Lin. 2022.
“Integration of Toxicogenomics and Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling in Human Health Risk Assessment of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate.”
Environmental Science & Technology
56, no. 6 (March): 3623–33.

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Isha Mhatre-Winters, PhD

Isha Mhatre-Winters, PhD

Florida International University, Miami, FL

Eid, Aseel, Isha Mhatre-Winters, Ferass M. Sammoura, Melissa K. Edler, Richard von Stein, Muhammad M. Hossain, Yoonhee Han et al. 2022.
“Effects of DDT on Amyloid Precursor Protein Levels and Amyloid Beta Pathology: Mechanistic Links to Alzheimer’s Disease Risk.”
Environmental Health Perspectives 130, no. 8 (August): 87005.

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Alexandra N. Nail, PhD

Alexandra N. Nail, PhD

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Nail, Alexandra N., Lakynkalina M. McCaffrey, Mayukh Banerjee, Ana P. Ferragut Cardoso, and J. Christopher States. 2022.
“Chronic Arsenic Exposure Suppresses ATM Pathway Activation in Human Keratinocytes.”
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 446 (July): 116042.

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Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award

Selected by the Committee on Diversity Initiatives and named after an SOT Past President, this award recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student who was previously selected to participate in the SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program, who is from a racial/ethnic group underrepresented in toxicology (for example, African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander), and who is presenting a poster at the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

Jennae Whitted

Jennae Whitted

Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC

Abstract Title:
Associations of Urinary Phthalate Metabolites with Ovarian Volume and Differences by Change in BMI since Age 18

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.

Shivani Ayyagari

Shivani Ayyagari

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC

Abstract Title: Evaluation of the Causal Relationship between PFAS and Lactation Impairment

Isabella Boyack

Isabella Boyack

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

Abstract Title: Potential Recovery of Exocrine Pancreas Growth Following Embryonic PFAS Exposure in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

Celine Yvonne Campos

Celine Yvonne Campos

Regis University, Denver, CO

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Abstract Title: Manganese-Induced Neurobehavioral Abnormalities and Related Neurotoxicity

Rumaan Cheema

Rumaan Cheema

University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA

Abstract Title: In Vitro Stem Cell Models to Predict Adverse Effects of Chemicals on Bone Developmen

Chloe Kurr-Ing Chou

Chloe Kurr-Ing Chou

University of California Davis, Davis, CA

Abstract Title: Effect of Metals on Wood Smoke PM2.5 Toxicity in Human Airway Epithelium

Anantha Akshitha Korrapati

Anantha Akshitha Korrapati

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Abstract Title: Heavy Metal Exposure Induces Senescence as a Mechanism of Dopaminergic Neurodegeneration

Nivedita Krishnakumar

Nivedita Krishnakumar

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

Abstract Title: Orexin 1 Receptor Antagonist SB-334876 Impairs Sustained Attention at Supra Pharmacologic Doses

Kaitlyn Lewars

Kaitlyn Lewars

Duke University, Durham, NC

Abstract Title: The Impact of Age on Ozone Responses in Rodents

Sophie Alice McKenzie

Sophie Alice McKenzie

Western University, London, ON, Canada

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

Abstract Title: Characterizing Neurogenesis in Zebrafish Exposed to Roundup® over Neurodevelopmental Timepoints

Abucar Mohamed

Abucar Mohamed

College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID

Abstract Title: The Cytotoxic Effects of Unvaped VUSE Alto® and JUUL E-Liquids on Human Osteoblast-Like Cells MG-63 Cells

Keerthana Sai Prayaga

Keerthana Sai Prayaga

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Abstract Title: Quantification of Sulforaphane Metabolites in Human Breast Milk for Protection against Infant Respiratory Toxicity

Sawyer H. Smith

Sawyer H. Smith

Park University, Parkville, MO

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Abstract Title: Delayed Liver Regeneration and Enhanced Neutrophil Recruitment after Severe Acetaminophen Overdose in Female Mice

Chrisula M. Stone

Chrisula M. Stone

Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

Institutions Where Research Was Conducted: Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, and
Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Abstract Title: A Bander’s Contribution to Ecotoxicology: Comparison of Mercury Concentration in Feathers and Blood of Nestling Tree Swallows Demonstrates Feathers’ Suitability as a Biomonitoring Tool

Jenna Swihart

Jenna Swihart

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Abstract Title: Comparing Effects of Atrazine Exposure on Neuroendocrine Molecular Targets at Two Developmental Exposure Periods in the Zebrafish

Undergraduate Diversity Program Advisor Travel Award

This award provides the opportunity for undergraduate faculty advisors who are not SOT members to attend the SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program at the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo to help them become more familiar with toxicology as a career option for their students.

Ileana Feliciano, PhD

Ileana Feliciano, PhD

Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Uzoma Okafor, PhD

Uzoma Okafor, PhD

Albany State University, Albany, GA

Rose Mary Stiffin, PhD

Rose Mary Stiffin, PhD

Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL

SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Award

This award provides the opportunity for promising undergraduate science majors interested in research careers to attend the SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program at the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

Isabelle Akoro

Isabelle Akoro

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Harriet Akyen-Odoom

Harriet Akyen-Odoom

Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Yaina Berrios-Maldonado

Yaina Berrios-Maldonado

Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Mariah Bynum

Mariah Bynum

Savannah State University, Savannah, GA

Faythe Cooper

Faythe Cooper

Oberlin College and Conservatory, Oberlin, OH

Marie Delcy

Marie Delcy

Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA

Jenielle Domaoal

Jenielle Domaoal

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Clarissa Isabelle Flores

Clarissa Isabelle Flores

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

Kristal Garcia

Kristal Garcia

King University, Bristol, TN

Nehemías Cabán García

Nehemías Cabán García

Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Bevin Glanton

Bevin Glanton

Albany State University, Albany, GA

Melodee Graves

Melodee Graves

Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC

Belize Iteriteka

Belize Iteriteka

Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Jessica Kissi

Jessica Kissi

Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Melissa Kudlak

Melissa Kudlak

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

Hannah Matthews

Hannah Matthews

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

Amanda Meadows

Amanda Meadows

King University, Bristol, TN

Ruth Meletz

Ruth Meletz

University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA

Erin Peters

Erin Peters

King University, Bristol, TN

Evelyn Redmond

Evelyn Redmond

Albany State University, Albany, GA

Martha Adriana Rondon

Martha Adriana Rondon

Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC

Mahmoud Salem

Mahmoud Salem

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Dillon Stevens

Dillon Stevens

Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

Dakoda Talamantes

Dakoda Talamantes

University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

Adrian Taranto

Adrian Taranto

Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC

Jocelyn Torres

Jocelyn Torres

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

Alanis J. Torres Berríos

Alanis J. Torres Berríos

Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Gia Valdez

Gia Valdez

DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Nathan L. Valdez Jr.

Nathan L. Valdez Jr.

Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Tre’Shur Williams-Carter

Tre’Shur Williams-Carter

Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA