Antonio T. Baines and Robyn Leigh Tanguay Are Elected 2021–2022 SOT Councilors


By Suzanne Fitzpatrick posted 02-25-2021 16:03

Antonio T. Baines, PhD

Antonio T. Baines, PhD, has been elected 2021–2022 SOT Councilor. Dr. Baines is an Associate Professor at North Carolina Central University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a cancer biologist.

Dr. Baines was first introduced to SOT when he received the Undergraduate Travel Award to attend the Annual Meeting as a sophomore in college. An active SOT member since 1996, he was the 2016 recipient of the SOT Undergraduate Educator Award. He has also served as a Councilor of the Toxicologists of African Origin Special Interest Group and received the Toxicologists of African Origin Legacy Mentor/Educator Award in 2011. He chaired the Undergraduate Consortium Task Force and is a member of the Membership Committee.

Of his goals for SOT, Dr. Baines says, “I plan to promote an atmosphere of service and excellence for current and future SOT members just as SOT has served and mentored me over the years. I plan to continue my own personal and scientific learning to help promote intellectual engagement throughout the membership and with other scientific, public health, and social justice organizations. I plan to help make sure diversity is truly honored and respected for all the membership and that SOT helps to increase diversity of future toxicologists in the workforce. Finally, I plan to uphold the high expectation of impeccable integrity for the SOT membership, which is fundamental for all toxicologists.”

Robyn Leigh Tanguay, PhD

Robyn Leigh Tanguay, PhD, also has been elected 2021–2022 SOT Councilor. A recognized scholar whose work on zebrafish models has advanced the understanding of how chemicals influence embryonic development, Dr. Tanguay is a Distinguished Progressor at Oregon State University. Over the past several years, she has pioneered the use of zebrafish as a systems toxicology model, and her team has developed automated high-throughput instrumentation to accelerate phenotype discovery and have evaluated the bioactivity of thousands of chemicals and mixtures.

Dr. Tanguay joined the SOT membership in 2000, and has served in many positions within the Society. She is currently a member of the Board of Publications and is an Associate Editor of Toxicological Sciences. She also is a Past President of the Pacific Northwest Regional Chapter as well as the Nanoscience and Advanced Materials Specialty Section. She is a member of the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group and Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section, among other Component Group memberships, and received the Toxicological Sciences Paper of the Year Award in 2020.

Of her goals for SOT, Dr. Tanguay says, “I would like to help SOT maintain and further improve its reputation, impact, and relevance by expanding member diversity and numbers. Outreach efforts to expand membership diversity and leadership as it pertains to scientific expertise, sector, race/ethnicity, gender, etc. are key to ensure SOT’s continued viability and impact. I will champion efforts to make SOT an attractive and relevant Society for new members. I will help promote the positive impact of SOT on the world by advancing science-based decision-making and ensure that SOT is recognized as an unbiased scientific authority.”