Leading the Way in Genetic Toxicology

May 17 2017

Genetic Toxicology Association’s (GTA) 2017 Excellence in Science Award Winner

Leon Stankowski, Scientific Director, Genetic and In Vitro Toxicology, Charles River

On Friday, May 12 during the 2017 GTA Annual Meeting, Dr. Leon Stankowski was acknowledged as the winner of the organization’s 11th Excellence in Science Award. GTA is a leading and well-respected organization founded over forty years ago to support the development of the science of genetic toxicology. This award recognizes a GTA member who has made notable contributions to the field of genetic toxicology and is selected by a committee of past GTA officers based on nominations by GTA members.

For over 35 years, Leon has been integral to the growth and development of the genetic toxicology field, serving as a member of multiple OECD Expert Working Groups, as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals and in multiple roles within GTA.  One of his greatest strengths is supporting the careers of the next generation of genetic toxicology leaders, and he has impacted the careers of many by leading through example. His nomination for this award by a colleague, whose career Leon has helped guide and support, is true testament to his commitment to foster continued growth and advances for genetic toxicology.

Genetic Toxicology Association (GTA) Board of Directors, Chair Elect

Sara Hurtado, Research Scientist, Genetic and In Vitro Toxicology, Charles River

Sara Hurtado has recently been named to the GTA Board of Directors as the chair elect and will serve a three-year term expiring in 2020. This nomination is an exciting opportunity for Sara to continue supporting the organization, having previously served as the Secretary of GTA.

Genetic Toxicology Association (GTA), Assistant Treasurer Elect

Vincent Kwok, Manager, Genetic and In Vitro Toxicology, Charles River

Vincent has been named as the assistant treasurer elect and will serve in this role for a minimum of one year. His major responsibilities will be to provide support to the treasurer in the supervision of the Association’s funds and financial records, as well as assist with the planning of the GTA Annual Meeting.

Environmental Mutagen and Genomics Society Councilor

Chris Farabaugh, Director, Analytical Services and Site Director, Charles River

Chris Farabaugh has been elected to the board of the Environmental Mutagen and Genomics Society as a new council member for the term 2017–2020, and will assume this new role during the EMGS Annual Meeting in Raleigh, NC, in September of this year. This position will provide Chris with the opportunity to continue his work supporting the field of genetic toxicology.