Toxicology researchers present at Society of Toxicology 53rd Annual Meeting

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Researchers in the USF College of Public Health recently attended the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 53rd Annual Meeting.  The group convened in Phoenix, Arizona on March 23-27.

The USF delegation included students Jake Bourgeois and Jayme Coyle and faculty Giffe Johnson, PhD, and Marie Bourgeois, PhD.  Between the four of them, they presented a total of seven posters on their research and K12 outreach.

Jake is earning a master of science degree in toxicology and Jayme is a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Both earned travel awards from the SOT and USF to help defray their conferences expenses.

Jayme Coyle presented “The Assessment of an In Vitro Model for Evaluating The Role of PARP in Ethanol-Mediated Hepatotoxicity” during the Cell Death/Apoptosis poster session March 24 (pictured) and “Evaluation of Asbestos Exposure Associated with Research Laboratories” at a different poster session on March 27.

Jayme Coyle presents at SOT 2014

Jake Bourgeois presented his poster titled “Characterization of the Neuropathological Consequences of Plac1 Ablation in the Developing Mouse Embryo” in the Developmental Toxicology: Mammalian Models II session on March 25.

Jake Bourgeois presenting at SOT 2014

Drs. Johnson and Bourgeois are research assistant professors in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and work primarily in the Center for Environmental/Occupational Risk Analysis and Management.

Dr. Johnson presented “Development of a Novel Method for Deriving Thresholds of Toxicological Concern (TTCs) for Vaccine Constituents” and “Comparative Study of US EPA’s Building Assessment and Survey Evaluation Database.”

Dr. Bourgeois’ presentations included “Creating Research Opportunities in K–12 Outreach for Undergraduate Students” and “Urinary Marker Expression May Be Gender Specific Predictor of Oxidative Stress and Inflammatory Conditions from Drug Use.”  She also co-chaired a workshop entitled “The Role of Toxicology in Undergraduate STEM Education Reform” with Dr. Richard Pollenz. In addition to servings as the director of USF’s Office of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Pollenz is the incoming chair of SOT’s Education Committee for 2014.

SOT statue

In between their multiple research engagements, the group managed to take in a few interesting sights, like this statue (above) that was featured prominently in the convention hall and the Cornhole Invitational (below) held in downtown Phoenix.

SOT cornhole

Story written by Dr. Marie Bourgeois and Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health. Photos courtesy of Dr. Marie Bourgeois.