BIOTOX PhD Student Sebastian Gutsfeld honored at the 2023 Society of Toxicology Meeting in Nashville, TN, USA
The work of PhD Student Sebastian Gutsfeld, pictured here with his mentor Prof. Dr. Tamara Tal, was recognized at the 2023 Society of Toxicology Meeting in Nashville, USA. Sebastian’s research on the molecular mechanisms by which exposure to structurally similar Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) cause visual startle response hyperactivity in early life stage zebrafish was honored by the Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award (First Place). This prestigious award was earned in a two-stage process. The first was based on Sebastian’s abstract, two-page research synopsis, and two letters of support. In a second, invited stage, Sebastian submitted a full-length, unpublished manuscript. Sebastian’s research was also recognized by the Toshio Narahashi Trainee Conference Endowment Award, earned by applicants whose research impacts the field of neurotoxicology.
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