The Society of Toxicology (SOT) announces that B. Bhaskar Gollapudi is the recipient of the 2014 SOT Arnold J. Lehman Award. He received his PhD degree in Biology from the Dalhousie University, Canada, and is currently a Senior Managing Scientist in Exponent’s Health Sciences Center for Toxicology and Mechanistic Biology. Dr. Gollapudi specializes in genetic toxicology and chemical carcinogenesis with emphasis on the identification of mode of action and human relevance. He has made many contributions to the field of Genetic Toxicology including the development of novel approaches for assessing genotoxicity, integration of contemporary molecular biology techniques to understand the mode of genotoxic action, and more importantly in leading the push for a paradigm shift in the dogma that there are no thresholds for genotoxic chemicals.
Currently, he is leading an effort under the auspices of the International Workshops on Genotoxicity Testing (IWGT) to standardize a new in vivo gene mutation assay (Pig-a) that can be easily integrated into any repeat dose toxicity studies. Dr. Gollapudi has contributed to the area of transgenic animal models for mutagenicity and carcinogenicity assessment and spearheaded their validation in the chemical/agrochemical industry to inform risk assessment. His focus has been on the application of genetically engineered animal models for the identification of mode of action and human relevance of toxicology findings. In recent years, Dr. Gollapudi contributed to the emerging field of epigenetics by critically evaluating its role in product safety assessment and investigating potential markers predictive of adverse toxicological outcomes. He has applied the latest technologies in the safety assessment of a diverse portfolio of substances.
Dr. Gollapudi has been a member of SOT since 1998. He has been very active within the Society having served as an Associate Editor of Toxicological Sciences (2005–present); a member of the SOT Scientific Program Committee (2011–2015); and a member of SOT Career Resources and Development (CRAD) Committee (2007–2010).
The Society is pleased to present Dr. Gollapudi with the 2014 Arnold J. Lehman Award.