SOT Associate member Smita Salian-Mehta, PhD, is a study director and toxicologist for AbbVie. She has been an SOT member since 2009 and currently is serving as a councilor for the SOT Midwest Regional Chapter and as an editorial board member for the SOT Association of Scientists of Indian Origin Special Interest Group newsletter. Dr. Salian-Metha (right) is pictured with fellow SOT member Swetha Inturi (left), PhD, Noven Pharmaceuticals.
How did you become interested in toxicology?
I completed my PhD in reproductive biology with a specialization in reproductive and molecular toxicology. After completing my postdoctoral research in neuroendocrinology, I joined AbbVie in my current position.
What has been your favorite moment or experience while pursuing your scientific career?
The best part is to interpret the results and integrate the toxicology findings with pathology.
If you were not a scientist, what would you be and why?
Probably a writer. I love writing fan-fiction stories.
Any advice for future scientists?
Join SOT and attend the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. It’s a great platform to meet scientists from your own field and also for networking.
Through #YouTox, the Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) invites individuals, labs, communities, and organizations to share stories, images, videos, and other media that help shed a light on toxicology and toxicologists. To join the campaign, use #YouTox on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) or email your submission to Ashley Black, SOT GSLC staff liaison.