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ULM toxicology students attend, win awards at international conference

Published April 4, 2016

MONROE, La. — Six Ph.D. and three B.S. students from the ULM Toxicology Department participated at the 2016 meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) in New Orleans last month.

The SOT is an international organization of professional toxicologists working in academia, industry, government regulatory agencies, risk assessment and consulting.

This was the 55th annual meeting and approximately 7,000 attended the annual meeting.

Bree St. Germain, Taylor Snell and Sydney Wade from Donaldsonville, Farmerville and Bogalusa, LA, respectively, participated in several networking and recruiting events hosted by the SOT for undergraduate students and viewed cutting-edge research in scientific sessions and posters.

Graduate student Vivekkumar Dadhania was the 3rd place recipient of the 2016 Graduate Student Award from the Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section. Mr. Dadhania also received a Supplemental Training for Education Program Award from the SOT Graduate Education Subcommittee.

Graduate student Joshua T. Salley won the outstanding poster award from the Mixtures Specialty Section for his poster “Use of Partial Least Squares Regression to Identify GC/MS Spectral Peaks Correlated with Toxicity Outcomes in Rats of Crude Oil from Various Sources.

Graduate students Hanin F.A. Hussin and Vivekkumar Dadhania won the SOT Graduate Student Travel Support Awards. Ms. Hussin and Mr. Dadhania presented posters “Comparison of 1H-NMR Fingerprints of Echinacea Purpurea Extracts with Stimulation of Myelopoiesis in Rat to Identify Active Constituents” and “Wnt/Catenin Signaling Drives Thioacetamide-Mediated Heteroprotection against Acetaminophen-Induced Lethal Liver Injury,” respectively.

The major professor of Mr. Dadhania is Dr. Harihari M. Mehendale, and of Mr. Salley and Ms. Hussin, Dr. Sharon A. Meyer of the ULM Department of Toxicology.

According to Meyer, “This meeting was an extraordinary opportunity for the Toxicology students to present their research to leaders of the field and network for the purposes of being recruited for employment and for exploring career options. The ULM Toxicology Department is very proud of the outstanding performance of our students before this prestigious international audience.”