SOT Special Interest Group Spotlight: Association of Scientists of Indian Origin

By Jaya Chilakapati posted 08-05-2021 15:18


The Association of Scientists of Indian Origin (ASIO), an SOT Special Interest Group (SIG), is an organization of more than 200 active members who are scientists from academia, industry, and nonprofit organizations. The group acts as a scientific and educational society that establishes open channels of communication among toxicologists of Indian origin. ASIO members collectively work toward building a supportive environment for young professionals to seek advice and achieve new heights in their professional endeavors.

ASIO is a “home away from home” in the US for toxicologists of Indian origin around the world. ASIO not only provides early career toxicologists an opportunity to enhance their training but also provides current members of the toxicology community a path to enrich their ongoing careers as toxicologists and promote diversity within the field of toxicology.

2016 Association of Scientists of Indian Origin
Special Interest Group reception

This SIG honors and recognizes senior scientists who have made an impact in toxicological sciences as well as provides awards to outstanding postdoctoral fellows and graduate students for their research. ASIO sponsors awards, including international travel awards for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career toxicologists, and senior toxicologists of Indian origin.

ASIO also provides a networking venue not only for toxicologists of Indian origin working in the US, but also for toxicologists from India. The members meet every year during the SOT Annual Meeting and/or otherwise keep in contact with each other through networking to facilitate and augment professional development, both individually and collectively. In addition to its annual reception, ASIO organizes events like Talk with Toxpert and Coffee with a Mentor during the SOT Annual Meeting and conducts several activities year-round, including webinars, periodic newsletters, and career guidance for trainees.

As a SIG within SOT, we aim to work closer together to develop the next generation of toxicology leaders. For more information about ASIO, please visit the ASIO website.