Dr. Marie Bourgeois is elected president of the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Toxicology

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Starting this month, Dr. Marie Bourgeois, a research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the USF College of Public Health (COPH), takes over as president of the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (SESOT). Her term runs until March 2020.

Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical or biological agents on living organisms and the ecosystem.

Marie Bourgeois, PhD. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

SESOT is a regional chapter for the Society of Toxicology, which has worldwide members. The group promotes communication between toxicologists in the southeast portion of the country and serves as a resource for students, professionals and lay people interested in the field of toxicology.

SESOT also encourages interactions between toxicologists in government, industry and academia and sponsors scientific and educational programs.

“As president, I am tasked with recruiting new members in our territory, encouraging existing members to become more active in the chapter and planning activities that include an annual meeting in October,” said Bourgeois, who is hoping to have that annual meeting at the COPH. “It will be an excellent opportunity for students to hear interesting talks and present their own research. And it doesn’t hurt to shine a light on our college and campus.”

Bourgeois, who has been invited by the Joint Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies to speak on the connection between human health and the ecosystem of the Gulf on March 27, has been a member of the Society of Toxicology for more than 10 years. In that time, she has held a number of positions with the SESOT, including president (in 2015), vice president, student representative, secretary and treasurer.

“The Society of Toxicology is the largest toxicology society in the world,” noted Bourgeois, who is also an alumna of the COPH. “Being a member, attending the meetings and providing service gives me an excellent opportunity to learn from and collaborate with people in my field. I really encourage others interested in the subject of toxicology to join.”

Story by Donna Campisano, USF College of Public Health