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Each year, the LSSOT holds an Annual Meeting as a means to present scientific and educational programs in contemporary issues in toxicology. One of the main purposes of this Annual Meeting is to provide a venue in which students at all levels can present their work and receive constructive feedback on their projects. Awards for student poster and platform presentations are given.

Upcoming Meeting

Join us For A Fun Night Out In Nashville!

Monday, March 20, 2023 7:30 PM–9:30 PM

Barcelona Wine Bar, Edgehill 1200 Villa Place

Food and Drinks (Drink Tickets Provided)

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Lone Star Regional Chapter (LSSOT) 2022 Annual Fall Meeting

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 and Thursday, December 1, 2022

Cullen Auditorium at Baylor College of Medicine

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To register for the LSSOT meeting, you will prompted to sign-in or generate an SOT account. Please note that you DO NOT need be a member of SOT to register for the LSSOT meeting, but you do need a free SOT online account.

Discounted Hotel Reservations

Book before November 9 to get the discount. Hotel Link

Trainee Competitions

The LSSOT Executive Committee invites all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs to submit research abstracts by Oct 14. Dazzle the crowd with your poster presentation! We’ll select a few abstracts for oral presentations, with prizes awarded for best poster and platform presentations. Submit your abstract.

Meeting Agenda

Day 1 (Wednesday): CAREER-DEVELOPMENT DAY (with reception)
3:00 PM–8:00 PM Baylor College of Medicine Cullen Auditorium with Zoom Option

3:00 PM–5:00 PM


5:00 PM–6:00 PM

Workshop: How to Publish and Not Perish

Facilitator: Dan Gorelick

The goal of this workshop is to provide trainees (and even faculty) with information on what makes a manuscript exciting and significant and likely to be accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed journal, with a focus on our society journal, Toxicological Sciences.
  • Kristie Willett, Professor of Pharmacology and Environmental Toxicology, University of Mississippi, Deputy Editor, Toxicological Sciences

6:00 PM–7:00 PM

Dinner and Networking   Baylor College of Medicine, Rayzor Lounge

7:00 PM–8:00 PM

Careers in Toxicology Discussion Panel

Facilitator: Lucie Ford

Featuring Panelists from Consulting, Industry, and Academia, discussing career paths
  • Clifford Stephan, Research Associate Professor and Director, High Throughput Research and Screening, Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology
  • Joshua Gamse, Associate Director of Toxicology, Genmab
  • Sol Bobst, Consultant and Entrepreneur, President, ToxSci Advisors LLC
  • Rosa Uribe, Assistant Professor & CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research, Department of Biosciences, Rice University


Day 2 (Thursday): SCIENCE DAY
8:00 AM–5:30 PM Baylor College of Medicine, Cullen Auditorium (talks with Zoom option), Rayzor Lounge (posters & food in-person only)

8:00 AM–9:00 AM

Breakfast and Poster Set-Up

Rayzor Lounge

9:00 AM–9:15 AM

Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Dan Gorelick, Cullen Auditorium

9:15 AM–10:15 PM

Keynote Speaker

Farrah Kheradmand, MD
Nancy Chang Endowed Professor for the Biology of Inflammation
Professor, Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

Title: Vaping-Induced Lung Injury: Beyond Disruption of Alveolar Macrophage Lipid Homeostatic Function

10:15 AM–10:20 AM

Stretch Break

10:20 AM–11:20 AM

Platform Presentations, Session 1
10 min talks, up to 5 min for questions

Facilitator: Lauren Richardson

  10:20 AM–10:35 AM New Approach Methods to Evaluate Human Susceptibility of Emerging Contaminants: A Study of 56 PFAS,
Lucie Ford, PhD student, Texas A&M
  10:35 AM–10:50 AM Macrophage Specific ARNT Signaling Mediates Acrolein Associated Acute Lung Injury,
Madison Tanner, PhD student, University of Texas Medical Branch
  10:50 AM–11:05 AM Endocytic Pathway and Organelle Accumulation of Nanopolystyrene Particles in Human Skin Cells,
Kayla Simpson, PhD student, Texas A&M
  11:05 AM–11:20 AM Quantification of Sulforaphane Metabolites in Human Breast Milk for Protection Against Infant Respiratory Toxicity,
Keerthana Prayaga, undergraduate student, Texas A&M

11:20 AM–11:30 AM

Stretch Break

11:30 AM–12:30 PM

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Detection and Remediation to Prevent Adverse Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes

Melissa Suter, Baylor College of Medicine-Rice University Superfund Program

  11:30 AM–11:45 PM Treatment with Harmful Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (Pahs) Elicits Distinct Transcriptomic Pathways in Cultured Primary Trophoblasts,
Grace Johnson, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine
  11:45 AM–12:00 Noon Natural and Metal-Impregnated Clays Catalyze the Pyrolytic Treatment of Crude-Oil Contaminated Soils
Sara Denison, PhD student, Rice University
  12:00 Noon–12:15 PM Computational Chromatography: A Machine Learning Strategy for Demixing Individual Chemical Components in Complex Mixtures,
Mary Bajombo, PhD student, Rice University
  12:15 PM–12:30 PM Prenatal Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Augments Neonatal Hyperoxic Lung Injury: Role of Cytochrome P450 (CYP)1A1, 1A2, and 1B1, Postdoctoral associate, Baylor College of Medicine

12:30 PM–2:00 PM

Lunch & LSSOT Chapter Business Meeting

2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Platform Presentations, Session 2

Facilitator: Amie Lund

  2:00 PM–2:15 PM

Using Green-Engineering to Develop Sorbents for the Remediation of Benzene and Hazardous Environmental Samples,
Kelly Rivenbark, PhD student, Texas A&M

  2:15 PM–2:30 PM Inhalation Exposure to Traffic-Generated Air Pollution Results in Renin-Angiotensin System Dysregulation and Increased Factors Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease in ApoE -/- Mice,
Tyler Armstrong, PhD student, University of North Texas
  2:30 PM–2:45 PM Gestational Ultrafine Particulate Matter Exposure Alters the Fetal Lung Transcriptional Profile,
Eva Vitucci, postdoctoral researcher, Texas A&M
  2:45 PM–3:00 PM Assessing genetic factors contributing to inter-individual variation in blood lead (Pb) levels,
Danila Cuomo, postdoctoral researcher, Texas A&M

3:00 PM–5:00 PM

Poster Session

Rayzor Lounge

5:15 PM

Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks

Natalie Johnson, Cullen Auditorium


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