2022 Tox Retreat Award Winners
Friday, May 27, 2022
The Toxicology Training Program celebrated its annual Retreat and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 26, our first in-person retreat since 2019! Some Program participants were not able to participate in this year’s event, so we have listed awardees here so you can congratulate them the next time you see them.
Neuman Award for Exemplary Scholarship and Citizenship
Alyssa exemplifies the spirit of the Drs. Neuman in terms of her scholarship and engagement as a graduate student citizen of the University of Rochester. She is an excellent ambassador of our program and is making great strides in her science: she published her first first-author paper last year and has contributed to at least 4 others as a co-author. She has also garnered several recent scientific and leadership awards and is engaged in service activities like peer mentoring. Alyssa graduated from Nazareth College in 2017 with a BS in Biology. She is mentored by Drs. Marissa Sobolewski and Deborah Cory-Slechta on a project that is focused on fetal and maternal health outcomes following gestational endocrine disrupting chemical exposures.
Weiss Toxicology Scholar Award
Ian’s project focuses on the role of the gut microbiome in modulating methyl mercury toxicokinetics and toxicity via demethylation, which has implications for the systemic toxicity of methyl mercury. He is making excellent strides in scholarship. Ian is also generous with his time outside of the lab: he is an excellent ambassador for our Program, has served as a TA and peer mentor, served as a contact tracer during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteered at the Ronald MacDonald House, among other things.
Infurna Publication Awards
McGuire CC, Lawrence BP, Robert J. Thyroid Disrupting Chemicals in Mixture Perturb Thymocyte Differentiation in Xenopus laevis Tadpoles. Toxicological Sciences 181(2): 262-272, 2021. Connor reported compelling findings about the immune system compromising effects of endocrine disruptors – applied at environmentally-relevant concentrations – using an alternative vertebrate model system. His findings showed that 1) endocrine disrupting chemicals in combination were more potent than when delivered singly and 2) that they impacted thyroid hormone function throughout development in a way that impacted CD8+ thymocytes.
Reed JM, Spinelli P, Falcone S, He M, Goeke C, Susiarjo M. Evaluating the Effects of BPA and TBBPA Exposure on Pregnancy Loss and Maternal-fetal Immune Cells in Mice. Environmental Health Perspectives 130: 370101, 2022. In this study, Jasmine showed that exposure to Bisphenol A or Tetrabromobisphenol A prior to and during early gestation resulted in mouse pregnancy loss accompanied by lower numbers of maternal regulatory T cells and indoleamine deoxegenase 1 expression, suggesting a disruption of maternal immune tolerance to the developing embryo.
Meehan-Atrash J, Rahman I. Novel Δ8‐Tetrahydrocannabinol Vaporizers Contain Unlabeled Adulterants, Unintended Byproducts of Chemical Synthesis, and Heavy Metals. Chemical Research in Toxicology 35: 73-76, 2022. Jiries authored this paper with Irfan Rahman. In this study, Jiries applied a variety of analytical techniques to show that vaping oils made from ‘legal’ hemp-derived CBD contain several forms of THC – including the psychoactive and illegal Δ9 form – cutting agents, and heavy metals, none of which are included in the labelling for these products and which could impact health.
Most Inquisitive Student Award
Best Poster Presentation
Best Platform Presentation
Christina Post, PhD
Peoples’ Choice Poster Presentation Award (inaugural awardee)
Mentoring Award (inaugural awardee)
Anthony Franchini, PhD