Ms. Sullivan has received the 2020 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award for her influence in advancing science and policy to reduce or replace the use of animals in testing without compromising public health.
Ms. Sullivan earned her master of public health in toxicology and public health genetics from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2003, after which she joined the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as a research analyst. Then, as a Scientific and Policy Advisor and the Director of Regulatory Testing Issues, Ms. Sullivan collaborated with stakeholders both within and outside the United States to fund validation studies, hold training courses and seminars, organize workshops, and publish and present scientific and policy analyses on predictive toxicology.
In her current role as Vice President for Research Policy, Ms. Sullivan directs efforts to promote human-relevant alternatives to the use of animals in medical research; education; and testing of drugs, chemicals, and other products. She has formed collaborations between a wide range of public and private stakeholders, working to develop, evaluate, and implement new approach methodologies that do not use animals for endpoints including respiratory sensitization, endocrine disruption, and dermal absorption. She also has coordinated efforts to provide training opportunities to federal scientists on new approach methodologies and, where appropriate, their application in regulatory decision-making.
Further, Ms. Sullivan’s work with the International Council on Animal Protection in OECD Programmes within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) contributed significantly to the international adoption of guidance documents and test guidelines for a variety of in vitro methods as well as the OECD QSAR Toolbox and the Adverse Outcome Pathway Programme.
Ms. Sullivan also served as a founding Board member for and manages the administrative activities of the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology. This society provides a forum for discussion of the replacement of traditional animal models with new approaches for toxicological testing, promotes the development and implementation of computational and in vitro toxicology models, and supports early career scientists in these fields.
Ms. Sullivan has been an SOT member since 2007 and serves the Society by participating in Continuing Education courses as well as the In Vitro and Alternative Methods, Regulatory and Safety Evaluation, and Computational Toxicology Specialty Sections. Additionally, she is a member of the Michigan Regional Chapter and regularly presents her research during Platform and Poster Sessions at the SOT annual meetings.