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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Achievements

Debra Laskin, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Roy A Bowers Endowed Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • 2015 Career Achievement Award, Society of Toxicology Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section

  • Principal Investigator of a new 5-year NIH research grant totaling over $2.6 million. The project, titled “Activated Macrophages in Ozone Toxicology”, is being supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and involves collaborative work with scientists at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Howard Kipen, Jeffrey Laskin and Cliff Weisel

  • Appointed permanent member of newly chartered NIH Review panel, Systemic Injury by Environmental Exposures

Donald Gerecke, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology   

  • 2015 Best Paper of the Year Award, Society of Toxicology Dermatotoxicity Specialty Section; “Therapeutic potential of a non-steroidal bifunctional anti-inflammatory and anti-cholinergic agent against skin injury induced by sulfur mustard”, with co-author, Research Assistant Professor Yoke Chang

Lauren Aleksunes, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology 

  • Elected Secretary/Treasurer Toxicology Division, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

  • Selected as Chair of the North Jersey Drug Metabolism Discussion Group for 2015-2016

Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology, student awards

    Blessy George (L. Aleksunes, mentor)

  • Society of Toxicology, Clinical and Translational Toxicology Specialty Section Student Award, March 2015

  • Society of Toxicology, Mechanisms Specialty Section, Renal Toxicology Award, March 2015

  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Best Abstract, 1st  place, March 2015

    Kristin Bircsak (L. Aleksunes, mentor)

  • Mid-Atlantic Society of Toxicology Geoffrey Hogan Memorial Award. March 2015
  • Society of Toxicology, Women in Toxicology Graduate Student Achievement Award, March 2015

    Jamie Moscovitz (L. Aleksunes, mentor; G. Guo, co-mentor)

  • F31 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship entitled “Genetic and Pharmacological Regulation of Hepatic and Ileal FXR During Pregnancy” was awarded from NIH/NICHD
  • Society of Toxicology, STEP Grant to attend the Frontiers in Reproduction Course at the Marine Biology Laboratories

    Mary Francis (D. Laskin, mentor)

  • Society of Toxicology, Mary Amdur Award Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section Award, March, 2015
  • Society of Toxicology, Robert J. Rubin Student Travel Award, Mechanisms and Risk Assessment Specialty Sections, March 2015

    Alessandro Venosa (D. Laskin, mentor)

  • Society of Toxicology, Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section Student Award, March 2015
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Best Abstract, 3rd place, March 2015