LSU SRP Shines at SOT

Every year, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) holds its Annual Meeting and ToxExpo to allow researchers from all over the world to come together and share their latest findings in the field of toxicology.  This year's meeting was held in San Diego, California from March 27 - 31. Researchers from the Louisiana State University Superfund Program (LSU SRP) gave outstanding presentations, participated in important discussions, and won several awards.  Here are just a few highlights.

LSU SRP Trainee Dr. Avinash Kumar Honored for his Research

Dr. Avinash Kumar, a LSU SRP postdoctoral trainee with Project 1 (Cormier Lab), received second place for the Dr. Dharm Singh Postdoctoral Fellow Best Abstract Award from the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin Special Interest Group. The award was for his abstract entitled Environmentally Persistent Free Radical Exposure Exacerbates Influenza Infection in Neonatal Mice by Inhibiting IL22 Production, presented at the Society of Toxicology 2022 annual meeting on March 28. He also received the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section best paper of the year award.

Photo of Dr. Avinash Kumar recieving an award at 2022 SOT.

Dr. Avinash Kumar (right) accepts the second place award for best abstract from the ASIO special interest group at the 2022 Society of Toxicology annual meeting.

LSU SRP Faculty and Trainees Give Presentations and Chair Sessions

On Tuesday March 29, Dr. Dugas gave a Tiny Tox Talk on Life in Academia. The next day, Ankit Aryal, a pre-doctoral trainee with Project 2 (Dugas Lab), gave a poster presentation. The title of his poster was Inhalation of Combustion-Derived Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals Causes Vascular Endothelial Injury Mediate via AhR Activation in Alveolar Type-2 Pneumocytes.

Photo of Ankit Aryal, Dr. Dugas, and Dr. Noel at 2022 SOT

Ankit Aryal  (left) in front of his poster with Dr. Dugas (center) and Dr. Noël (right) at the 2022 Society of Toxicology Meeting on March 30th.


 Alexandra Noël (Leader, Inhalation Toxicology Core) co-chaired a Hot Topic session with Daniel Conklin from the University of Louisville. The title of the session, held on March 30, 2022, is GRAS Is Not Always Greener and Is Not Always Safer: The Cardiopulmonary Toxicity of Solvents and Flavorants of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)—What Is the US FDA Missing in 2021 Deeming Rules? Dr. Noël also gave a presentation entitled Modeling Respiratory Toxicity of ENDS Exposure In Vitro and In Vivo as part of the session and an Introduction to Toxicology Lecture as part of the meeting's undergraduate diversity program.