2024 SOT Award Recipients

SOT Honors and Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2024 SOT Award recipients. The awardees will be honored during the 2024 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, March 10–14, 2024. The citations for the 2024 SOT Award recipients, as well as a list of the 2023 SOT Endowment Fund Award recipients.

J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD

Honorary Membership

J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Accomplishments
Phoebe Stapleton, PhD

Achievement Award

Phoebe Stapleton, PhD

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

Accomplishments
Scott S. Auerbach, PhD, DABT

Arnold J. Lehman Award

Scott S. Auerbach, PhD, DABT

NIEHS/NTP, Research Triangle Park, NC

Accomplishments
James P. O’Callaghan, PhD

Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award

James P. O’Callaghan, PhD

NIOSH, Morgantown, WV

Accomplishments
Ilona Jaspers, PhD

Education Award

Ilona Jaspers, PhD

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

Accomplishments
Menghang Xia, PhD

Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award

Menghang Xia, PhD

NIH/NCATS, Bethesda, MD

Accomplishments
Samuel M. Cohen, MD, PhD, ATS, DABP, IATP

Founders Award (for Outstanding Leadership in Toxicology)

Samuel M. Cohen, MD, PhD, ATS, DABP, IATP

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Accomplishments
Donna D. Zhang, PhD

Leading Edge in Basic Science Award

Donna D. Zhang, PhD

Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation and Technology, Jupiter, FL

Accomplishments
David L. Eaton, PhD, ATS, DABT

Merit Award

David L. Eaton, PhD, ATS, DABT

University of Washington, Tucson, AZ

Accomplishments
Barbara L. F. Kaplan, PhD

Public Communications Award

Barbara L. F. Kaplan, PhD

Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Accomplishments
Robert Roy, PhD, DABT, ATS

Toxicologist Mentoring Award

Robert Roy, PhD, DABT, ATS

Northland Toxicology Consultants LLC, Chanhassen, MN

Accomplishments
Horst Thiermann, PhD

Translational Impact Award

Horst Thiermann, PhD

Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Munich, Germany

Accomplishments
Hollie I. Swanson, PhD

Undergraduate Educator Award

Hollie I. Swanson, PhD

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Accomplishments

SOT Supported Award Recipients

Romina Gonzalez-Pons, BS

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

Romina Gonzalez-Pons, BS

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Advisor:
Jamie J. Bernard, PhD
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Project Title:
Adiposity Promotes Breast Cancer through Kynurenine-Induced Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Activity: Implications for Environmental AhR Agonists on Tumor Formation

Gianna Nossa

Colgate-Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods

Gianna Nossa, BS

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Project Title:
The Role of GABA and Glutathione in Manganese Neurotoxicity

Mariana Branco

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research

Mariana Branco, PhD

Collaborative Laboratory Accelbio, Lisbon, Portugal

Project Title:
Perfused Placenta-Heart Organoid-on-a-Chip Model: A Human-Based Platform for Drug Safety Validation during Pregnancy

Cláudia Miranda

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research

Cláudia Miranda, PhD

Collaborative Laboratory Accelbio, Lisbon, Portugal

Project Title:
Engineering Advanced Human Kidney Organoids for Assessing Drug-Induced Toxicity

Erin A. Huber

Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in In Vitro Toxicology

Erin A. Huber, PhD

RTI International, Durham, NC

Project Title:
Modeling Repeated E-cigarette Exposure Response Trajectories in Teenagers Using a Co-culture Model of the Bronchial Epithelium

essica Ewald

Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New Technologies

Jessica D. Ewald, PhD

Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA

Project Title:
Detecting Chemical Toxicity with Multi-omics Data in Increasingly Complex In Vitro Liver Models

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.

“Increased Renal Expression of Complement Components in Patients with Liver Diseases: Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis, Alcohol-associated, Viral Hepatitis, and Alcohol-Viral Combination.”

Kayla L. Frost, Joseph L. Jilek, Austin D. Thompson, Robert R. Klein, Shripad Sinari, Elmira Torabzedehkorasani, Dean D. Billheimer, Rick G. Schnellmann, and Nathan J. Cherrington.

2022. Toxicological Sciences 189, no. 1 (September): 62–72.

Paper Merits

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.

Bárbara J. Arroyo, PhD

Bárbara J. Arroyo, PhD

Universidad de Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Ayşe Nurşen Basaran, PhD

Ayşe Nurşen Basaran, PhD

Başkent Üniversity, Ankara, Turkey

Ana Cristina De la Parra-Guerra, PhD

Ana Cristina De la Parra-Guerra, PhD

Universidad de la Costa, Barranquilla, Colombia

Holiness Stephen A. Olasore, PhD

Holiness Stephen A. Olasore, PhD

University of Lagos, Surulere, Nigeria

Fernanda Junqueira Salles, PhD candidate

Fernanda Junqueira Salles, PhD candidate

Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

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.

Andres Henriquez, PhD

Andres Henriquez, PhD

Health Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Henriquez, Andres, Samantha Snow, Thomas Jackson, John House, Alison Motsinger-Reif, Cavin Ward-Caviness, Mette Schladweiler, Devin Alewel, Colette Miller, Aimen Farraj, Mehdi Hazari, Rachel Grindstaff, David Diaz-Sanchez, Andrew Ghio, and Urmila Kodavanti. 2022.
“Stress Drivers of Glucose Dynamics during Ozone Exposure Measured Using Radiotelemetry in Rats.”
Environmental Health Perspectives 130, no. 12 (December): 127006-1–127006-15.

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Rebekah Petroff, PhD

Rebekah Petroff, PhD

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Petroff, Rebekah, Raymond Cavalcante, Elizabeth Langen, Dana Dolinoy, Vasantha Padmanabhan, and Jaclyn Goodrich. 2023.
“Mediation Effects of DNA Methylation and Hydroxymethylation on Birth Outcomes after Prenatal Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Exposure in the Michigan Mother–Infant Pairs Cohort.”
Clinical Epigenetics 15, 49.

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Xian Wu, PhD

Xian Wu, PhD

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Wu, Xian, Yichang Chen, Anthony Luz, Guang Hu, and Erik Tokar. 2022.
“Cardiac Development in the Presence of Cadmium: An In Vitro Study Using Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Cardiac Organoids.”
Environmental Health Perspectives 130, no. 11 (November): 117002-1–117002-11.

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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.

Alanis Joan Torres Berríos

Alanis Joan Torres Berríos

Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Abstract Title:
Anatomical Location Defines the Adipogenic Capacity of Thoracic Aortic Perivascular Adipocyte Progenitors

Gia	Marie Valdez

Gia Marie Valdez

DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Abstract Title:
Effects of Early Life Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) on Neural Responses to Acute Alcohol Intake in Adolescent Rat Prefrontal Cortex

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.

Mina Alaaldin

Mina Alaaldin

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Abstract Title:
Alterations of Eluxadoline Pharmacokinetics in a Rodent Model of Metabolic Dysfunction–Associated Steatohepatitis

Vishnupriya Alavala

Vishnupriya Alavala

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Abstract Title:
Neurodevelopmental Vulnerability to Gestational Ozone Exposure

Caylee A. Brown

Caylee A. Brown

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ

Abstract Title:
Exploring the Role of Microglia Cells in Dysregulated Orexin System Function in Rats Exposed to Bisphenol A during the Peripubertal Period

Keishla Colón Montañez

Keishla Colón Montañez

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN

Abstract Title:
Exposure to Acute Ambient Ozone Triggers Differential Lung Inflammation in Lung Tissue from Asthmatic Male and Female Mice

Emily Dai

Emily Dai

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

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: US FDA/NCTR, Jefferson, AR

Abstract Title:
Challenges and Solutions in Measuring Commonly Used Drug-Induced Liver Injury Biomarkers in a Liver-on-a-Chip Platform

Mae Anneliese Esquibel

Mae Anneliese Esquibel

New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

Abstract Title:
Polystyrene Microplastics Impair the Growth, Survival, and Macrophage Differentiation of Human THP-1 Monocytes

Gabrielle F. Gonzalez

Gabrielle F. Gonzalez

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Abstract Title:
Developmental Exposure to TCDD Alters Sperm Motility and Whole-Body Hormone Parameters in a Zebrafish Model

Alan Ibarra

Alan Ibarra

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Abstract Title:
Astemizole Induces Necroptotic Cell Death in Cancer Cells via Lysosomal Damage

Hannah Joo

Hannah Joo

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Abstract Title:
Lead Exposure Impacts Calcium Transients and Calcium Transporters in a High-Throughput Human iPSC–Derived Cardiomyocyte Model

Paige C. Lindberg

Paige C. Lindberg

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Abstract Title:
Quantitative Identification of Xenobiotic Transporters in MASH Progression Using Human Urine–Derived Extracellular Vesicles

Audrey Luo

Audrey Luo

University of California Davis, Davis, CA

Abstract Title:
Seizure Inhibition Mitigates Blood-Brain Barrier Impairment in a Male Rat Model of Acute Organophosphate Intoxication

Adira M. Safar

Adira M. Safar

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Abstract Title:
Long-Term Dietary Exposure to an Environmentally Relevant Mixture of Phthalates Affects Ovarian Aging Markers

Winter S. Stubblefield

Winter S. Stubblefield

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Abstract Title:
The Effect of Imidacloprid on the Expression of Steroidogenic Genes in the Mouse Ovary

Shine Wang

Shine Wang

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

Abstract Title:
Cadmium Accumulation and Metal Stress Response in the Kidneys of Transgenic Mice with a Genetic Variant in the BCRP Transporter

Margaret Wurster

Margaret Wurster

Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, MT

Abstract Title:
Gene Expression Analysis of Environmental Xenoestrogens in Breast Cancer

Maximiliano Zablah

Maximiliano Zablah

McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital, Montréal, QC, Canada

Abstract Title:
CRISPR-Screen Identifies ASC1-Complex (ASCC) as a Potential Mediator of Tungsten Toxicity

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 Ramos, PhD

Ileana Feliciano Ramos, PhD

Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Denise Gemmellaro, PhD

Denise Gemmellaro, PhD

Kean University, Union, NJ

Anta'Sha M. Jones, PhD

Anta'Sha M. Jones, PhD

Albany State University, Albany, GA

Michael D. Losiewicz, PhD

Michael D. Losiewicz, PhD

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

Héctor J. Rosa López, MS

Héctor J. Rosa López, MS

Universidad Ana G. Méndez Carolina, Carolina, Puerto Rico

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.

Amanda Adams

Amanda Adams

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Hailey Aragon

Hailey Aragon

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Kai Gurnoe-Brantley

Kai Gurnoe-Brantley

Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Whitney Davis

Whitney Davis

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC

Onamma A. Edeh

Onamma A. Edeh

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Jan Carlos Fernández Román

Jan Carlos Fernández Román

Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Gianina Garibaldi

Gianina Garibaldi

Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA

Omar Gonzalez

Omar Gonzalez

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Allison Harbolic

Allison Harbolic

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

Ashley Kaswer

Ashley Kaswer

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY

Jaslin Lindsay

Jaslin Lindsay

Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Kaleb Lynum

Kaleb Lynum

Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL

Rachel Majumder

Rachel Majumder

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Taylor Massey

Taylor Massey

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Judith Matos

Judith Matos

Universidad Ana G. Méndez Carolina, Carolina, Puerto Rico

Vivianna Metzler

Vivianna Metzler

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Nya Millender

Nya Millender

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

Yomilka Z. Molina Cordero

Yomilka Z. Molina Cordero

Universidad Ana G. Méndez Carolina, Carolina, Puerto Rico

Chelsea Niedermier

Chelsea Niedermier

Ashland University, Ashland, OH

Cecilia Rivas

Cecilia Rivas

Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC

Gabriela Rojas

Gabriela Rojas

University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

Jemimah N. Ross

Jemimah N. Ross

Depaul University, Chicago, IL

McKayla Ryan

McKayla Ryan

Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL

Carolina Christina Saldivar

Carolina Christina Saldivar

St.Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

Jamelis N. Santiago Díaz

Jamelis N. Santiago Díaz

Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Ishareet Sohal

Ishareet Sohal

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

Janayah Tolbert

Janayah Tolbert

State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, NY

Najya Toodle

Najya Toodle

Albany State University, Albany, GA

Paola Del Mar Torres Cruz

Paola Del Mar Torres Cruz

Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Amaya Williams

Amaya Williams

Albany State University, Albany, GA