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President’s Message

Dear NorCal SOT Members,

Hi there! I hope this message finds you well. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your president for the Northern California Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (NorCal SOT). As we embark on another exciting year, I want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible accomplishments of our society and look ahead to the opportunities that lie before us.

Our chapter has always been a beacon of collaboration, outreach, and knowledge sharing, and we continue to bring together professionals, researchers, and students who are passionate about toxicology and advancing the health of our communities through our field. Over the past year, we have remained steadfast in our mission and have continued to organize insightful events, symposia, and outreach activities that foster learning and networking opportunities for our members. Both of our Spring and Fall Symposiums were very well attended with strong support from our speakers, members, sponsors, and our regional toxicology communities.

In the coming year, we are excited to bring you more events that promote scientific excellence, engage with students and early-career scientists, and provide a platform for hot and emerging topics in our field. Our student and postdoctoral representatives, Nicole McNabb and Dorothy You, recently hosted an in-person mentorship and networking event on the campus of UC Davis, and our councilors, Anna Engstrom and Cleo Leung, are looking forward to submissions to our student and postdoc award programs. Together, our representatives and councilors will continue their excellent work in strengthening ties between our society and students and trainees at local universities. For our next scientific session, our VP and VP-Elect, Claire Neilan and Sucheta Mukherjee, have already started the planning process for our 2024 Spring Symposium. Please reach out to Claire ( and Sucheta ( with any symposium-related suggestions or comments or if you would like to help out. The Board would also like to thank Dr. Brett Winters and Dr. Doris Zane for offering their continued support for our undergraduate and K-12 outreach efforts, respectively. Lastly, I would like to thank our secretary, Vanessa Clark, for always keeping us organized and on track.

I encourage all of you to take an active role in NorCal SOT. Your ideas, expertise, and participation are invaluable in shaping the future of our society. There will be several open board positions in 2024. If you are interested in serving, please contact our past president Mingyi Trimble ( for details. If you wish to sponsor our outreach and scientific programs, please contact our treasurer, Sandra Chang (, to better understand how your sponsorship contributes to the growth and success of the chapter. Let's work together to create a community that thrives on collaboration, mutual support, and the pursuit of scientific excellence.

Thank you for your dedication to NorCal SOT, and I look forward to a year filled with progress, growth, and shared accomplishments. NorCal SOT hosts a reception at the SOT Annual Meeting, and I look forward to celebrating our successes at the reception in Salt Lake City next year. Wishing you all the best in your endeavors and hoping to see you at our upcoming events.

Ray Zhang, PhD, DABT
President, Northern California SOT Regional Chapter