Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2022 Midwest Regional Chapter Award Recipients

Professional Awards

Kenneth P. DuBois Award

Dr. Gregory Erexson, Greg Erexson Toxicology Consulting, LLC

Early Career Toxicologist Award

Dr. Kimberly Keil Stietz, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Student and Postdoctoral Awards

Young Investigator Award

Vicki Mourikes, University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign

Postdoctoral Travel Award

Dr. Dinesh Babu, University of Alberta

Graduate Student Travel Awards

Anita Waye, University of Illinois–Chicago

Andrew Knutson, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Graduate Student Travel Awards (Runners-Up)

Endia Fletcher, University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign

Brenna Walton, University of Wisconsin–Madison


Previous Award Recipients

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Kenneth DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement

Not awarded in 2021 due to lack of nominees

Early Career Toxicologist Award

Dr. Joe (Huanyu) Qiao, University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign

2021 MRC/SOT Travel Award

Andressa Gonsioroski, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Abstract: “Iodoacetic Acid Affects Estrous Cyclicity, Ovarian Gene Expression, and Hormone Levels in Mice”

No Chapter awards were provided due to cancellation of the 2020 Spring Meeting.

Kenneth DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement

Dr. William Ricke, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Early Career Toxicologist Award

Michael Kovchich, Cardo ChemRisk, Chicago

Young Investigator Award

Morgan Walcheck, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Victor A. Drill Award

Supipi Mirihagalle, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign

Arpita Bhurke, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign

Kenneth DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement

David Beebe, University Wisconsin—Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research

Early Career Toxicologist Award

Jessica Palmer, Stemina Biomarker Discovery, Inc

Young Investigator Award

Kyle Wegner, University of Wisconsin-Madison—Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Madison

Best Student Publication Award

Emily Brehm, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign—Comparative Biosciences

Victor Drill Award (Best Student Poster Presentation)

First Place: Obinna Mbachu, University of Illinois at Chicago—Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Second Place: Benjamin Elser, University of Iowa—Human Toxicology

Kenneth DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement

Dr. Wei Xu, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Early Career Toxicologist Award

Dr. Yongna Xing, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Victor Drill Award (Best Student Poster Presentation)

First Place: Katherine Hatcher, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Poster: Transgenerational Effects of Di-(2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate on Behavior and Brain Gene Expression in Male and Female Mice.

Second Place: Saniya Rattan, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Poster: “Prenatal Exposure to Di-(2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate Impairs Puberty in Female Mice”

Young Investigator Award

Rekha Balachandran, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Research Proposal: “Impulsivity andUnderlying Neurochemical Interactions Are Affected by Circadian Disruption, an Environmental Factor”

Kenneth DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement

Robin C. Guy, Robin Guy Consulting, LLC

Early Career Toxicologist Award

Paul Eubig, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Victor Drill Award (Best Student Poster Presentation)

First Place: Jiyang Zhang, Northwestern University
Poster: “Doxorubicin induces mouse ovarian follicle somatic cell apoptosis and affects oocyte reproductive outcomes”

Second Place: Sharada Mahalingam, Illinois University
Poster: “Equol inhibits growth and estradiol production in mouse antral follicles in vitro

Young Investigator Award

Jeffrey Willy, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Proposal: “The role of the unfolded protein response in the pathogenesis of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis”

Best Student Publication Award

Graduate student: Changqinq Zhou, University of Illinois
Research Proposal: Reproductive Toxicology—“Bisphenol A exposure inhibits germ cell nest breakdown by reducing apoptosis in cultured neonatal mouse ovaries”

Postdoctoral fellow: Shuo Xiao, Northwestern University
Published Paper: Scientific Reports (a Nature journal)—“In vitro follicle growth supports human oocyte meiotic maturation”

Kenneth DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement

Dr. Matthew Wallig, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Victor Drill Award

First Place: Shreya Patel, University of Illinois, at Urbana for her poster “Genistein may alter steroidogenesis by decreasing steroidogenic enzyme expression in mouse ovaries”

Second Place: Alison M. Hantak, University of Illinois at Urbana
Poster: “Effect of endocrine disruptor exposure on uterine morphology and endometrial hyperplasia”

Young Investigator Award

Kirsten Eckstrum, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Best Student Publication

Brian Johnson, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Publication: “Hepatocyte circadian clock controls acetaminophen bioactivation through NADPH-cytochrome P450 oxidoreductase”

For information on award recipients from 1983 to 2012, view the History of Award Recipients.