Newswise – Reston, Virginia; January 13, 2022—The Society is pleased to announce and recognize distinguished researchers, educators, mentors, postdoctoral toxicologists, and students for their contributions to science that advances public, animal, and environmental health. The 2022 SOT Award winners represent outstanding individuals in academia, industry and government across the globe and at career stages. Their work in areas such as chemical exposures and genetic risk factors associated with pediatric disease; chemical effects on pregnant women and infants; potential links between radiation, skin exposure to pesticides and melanoma; and the multi-organ effects of exposure to air pollution have led and are leading to a better understanding of health risks and to rules and regulations to protect health.

“Despite the myriad challenges the past few years have presented both professionally and personally, the toxicology community has continued to make outstanding contributions that propel the field forward and deserve recognition,” says Myrtle Davis, DVM, PhD, ATS, 2021-2022 SOT President. “This year’s recipients operate at the forefront of toxicology, and their research has contributed to academia, government, and industry in areas such as new approach methodologies, cannabinoids, and the microbiome.”

SOT is also proud to welcome a new honorary member in 2022:

  • Lynn R. Goldman, MD, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, D.C.

The 2022 SOT Award winners and new Honorary Member will be honored at the Society’s 61st Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in San Diego, California, March 27-31, 2022.

*conferred by the SOT Awards Committee

SOT Excellence Award

  • Julia Yue Cui, PhD, DABT, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

SOT Arnold J. Lehman Award

  • Jeffrey W. Fisher, PhD, ScitoVation, Durham, NC

Distinguished Investigator Award in SOT Toxicology

  • Prakash Nagarkatti, PhD, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
    Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award Speech:
    Tuesday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

SOT Education Awards

  • Silvia Berlanga de Moraes Barros, PharmD, PhD, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

SOT Animal Welfare Improvement Award

  • Amy J. Clippinger, PhD, PETA Science Consortium International eV, Norfolk, Virginia

SOT Founders Award (for Outstanding Leadership in Toxicology)

  • Leigh Ann Burns Naas, PhD, DABT, ATS, ERT, Magnolia Toxicology Consulting LLC, Traverse City, MI

SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award

  • Urmila Kodavanti, PhD, DABT, US EPA/CPHEA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
    Leading Edge in Basic Science Award Conference:
    Tuesday, March 29, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

SOT Merit Award

  • Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS, NIEHS/NTP, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
    Merit Award Conference:
    Monday, March 28, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

SOT Toxicologist Mentorship Award

  • John P. Wise Sr., PhD, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

SOT Translational Impact Award

  • Tomás R. Guilarte, PhD, Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Miami, FL
    Translational Impact Award Conference:
    Tuesday, March 29, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

SOT Undergraduate Educator Awards

  • Kristine Willet, PhD, University of Mississippi, College, MS


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

  • Aggie Williams, BA, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Colgate-Palmolive Grants for Alternative Research

  • Anna Maria Cariboni, PhD, University of the Studi di Milano Statale, Milan, Italy
  • Almudena Veiga-Lopez, DVM, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship in In vitro Toxicology

  • Itzy Morales Pantoja, PhD, Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), Baltimore, MD

Syngenta Fellowship in Applications of New Technologies to Human Health

  • Elena Kozlova, AS, BS, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA


Toxicological sciences Paper of the Year Award

  • Andrea Rowan-Carroll, Anthony Redon, Karen Leingartner, Remi Gagne, Andre Williams, Matthew J. Meier, Byron Kuo, Julie Bourdon Lacombe, Ivy Moffat, Richard Carrier, Andy Nong, Luigi Lorusso, Stephen S. Ferguson, Ella Atlas, and Carole Yauk. 2021. “High-Throughput Transcriptomic Analysis of Human Primary Hepatocyte Spheroids Exposed to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances as a Platform for Relative Potency Characterization.” 2021. Toxicological sciences 181, no. 2 (June): 199–214.

Global SOT Senior Researcher Exchange Program

  • Learned: Chiagoziem Anariochi Otuechere, PhD, Redeemer University, Ede, Nigeria; Hosts: Lili Tang, PhD, and Jia-Sheng Wang, PhD, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • Learned: Nisha AR, PhD, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Kerala, India; Hosts: Bernard Gadagbui, PhD, DABT, ERT, and Michael Dourson, PhD, DABT, FATS, FSRA, Excellence in Toxicology for Risk Assessment, Cincinnati, OH

SOT Award for Best Postdoctoral Publication

  • Marissa B. Kosnik, Ph.D., Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Lyngby, Denmark
    Article citation: Kosnik, Marissa B., Stefan Enroth, and Oskar Karlsson. 2021. “Distinct genetic regions are associated with differential population susceptibility to chemical exposures.” International environment 152 (Mar): 106488.
  • Qian Lin, Ph.D., University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
    Article quote: Lin, Qian, Zhifeng Huang, Genxiang Cai, Xia Fan, Xiaoqing Yan, Zhengshuai Liu, Zehua Zhao, Jingya Li, Jia Li, Hongxue Shi, Maiying Kong, Ming-Hua Zheng, Daniel J. Conklin, Paul N. Epstein, Kupper A. Wintergerst, Moosa Mohammadi, Lu Cai, Xiaokun Li, Yu Li, and Yi Tan. 2021. “Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase activation mediates protection of fibroblast growth factor 1 against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in mice.” Hepatology 73, no. 6 (June): 2206–22.
  • Eiki Kimura, PhD, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Article citation: Kimura, Eiki, Masanobu Kohda, Fumihiko Maekawa, Yoshiaki Fujii-Kuriyama, and Chiharu Tohyama. 2021. “Neurons Expressing Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Locus Coeruleus and Calleja Major Island Are Novel Dioxin Targets in Mouse Brain.” Histochemistry and cell biology 156 (August): 147–163.

SOT Perry J. Gehring Student Travel Scholarship for Diversity

  • Midori R. Flores, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

SOT Undergraduate Research Scholarships

  • Elisabeth Ampolini, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Helena C. Eby, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Eileen L. Huang, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Paul J. Kamitsuka, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
  • Kaiden M. Lee, College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID
  • Aakriti Mathur, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Jadesola I. Oladosu, Central North Carolina University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Kevin Ozkuyumcu, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ
  • Zayna Qaissi, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Jarett Reyes, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ
  • Francesca Rossi, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • Anna Claire Sparling, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Tingy Xie, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ
  • Yu Yifan, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Each year, SOT also provides support to over 100 graduate and undergraduate students through student travel grants and SOT Endowment Fund scholarships. More information on the 2022 winners can be found on the SOT website.

For more information on a particular SOT award or recipient, please contact Michelle Werts, Director of SOT Communications, at 703.438.3115 ext. 1640 or [email protected].

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About SOT Awards and Honors

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) Awards Program annually recognizes distinguished toxicologists and students based on merit. In 1962, the Society inducted its first honorary members, establishing its honors program. In 1965, the SOT Awards program was established with the creation of two awards, the SOT Merit Award and the SOT Achievement Award, to support “the advancement of the science of toxicology”. Today, the Society awards more than 20 prizes that recognize achievement, facilitate the travel of established and budding scientists, and promote toxicological research. Hashtag: #SOTAwards

About SOT

Founded in 1961, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) is a professional and academic organization of more than 7,500 scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the wide variety of individuals who practice toxicology. SOT is committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing science and increasing the impact of toxicology. The Society promotes the acquisition and use of knowledge in toxicology, assists in the protection of public health, and is strongly committed to toxicology education and the recruitment of students and new members to the profession. SOT values ​​diversity, equity and inclusiveness in all their forms and promotes them in all of the Company’s activities. For more information about SOT, visit the Company’s website or like/follow SOT on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.