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President's Message 2021

May 2021

Dear ASIO Members:

It is my great pleasure to serve as President of the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin (ASIO-SOT) for 2021–2022. I am so excited to be leading this organization along with a slate of exceptional officers including; Vijay Kale (Past-President), Saurabh Vispute (Vice-President), Ashwini Phadnis-Moghe (Vice-President Elect), Pankajini Mallick (Secretary/Treasurer), Adhithiya Charli (Councilor), Gurjot Kaur (Councilor), Sharavan Ramachandran (Post-doctoral Representative), and Itishree Kaushik (Graduate Student Representative).

As you all know, 2020 has shaped up to be a memorable year (to say the least), despite which, ASIO was busy and accomplished many activities. ASIO was planning an inaugural reception for SOT 2020 but unfortunately due to the cancelation of SOT’s annual meeting because of the COVID pandemic, the reception was cancelled. However, ASIO organized a virtual reception in March 2021 at the annual SOT meeting. The reception was very successful and well attended. Members of the leadership team presented information about ASIO, including membership, support, awards, election results and ASIO activities in 2020-2021.

ASIO-SOT provides a platform to toxicologists of Indian origin in the US to network, support, mentor and recognize their peers from all over the globe. Throughout the year, ASIO conducts various activities such as webinars and periodic newsletters. In addition to the annual reception, ASIO organizes Talk with Toxpert and Coffee with Mentor at the SOT annual meeting. ASIO strives to organize the events that are more relevant, and which are of interest to the membership. If you have any suggestions or ideas, do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of the Executive Committee members. As a special interest group in the Society of Toxicology, we aim to work closer together to develop the next generation of toxicology leaders.

Lastly, our organization is as strong as its membership. ASIO membership is free to all the students and the postdocs provided they opt for it while applying for the SOT membership. Also, interested toxicologists can become a member of ASIO independent of their SOT membership. More details about ASIO membership can be found on the website. Consider contributing to our endowment, look for ways throughout the year to volunteer, mentor a student member, and encourage other SOT members to join this great special interest group. I look forward to working with you all to ensure ASIO has another successful year.

Please stay safe and be well!

Warm regards,

Jaya Chilakapati, B. Pharm, PhD, DABT
ASIO President, 2021-2022