Congratulations to Nazem El Husseini, PhD Candidate, and Charles Benjamin Lovely, Postdoctoral Fellow, recipients of the 2015 Wilson Presentation Awards!
Husseini’s research focuses on developmental toxicology at McGill University’s Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. His advisor is Teratology Society Past President Barbara Hales, PhD.
Lovely, whose work is currently being conducted at the University of Texas, Austin, focuses on prenatal alcohol exposure and its relationship to facial defects and neurological impairments. “In Eberhart lab, we use zebrafish to study how genetics and alcohol interactions influence the cellular mechanisms underlying these highly variable deficits,” explained Lovely.
The Wilson Presentation Award honors two students (graduate students in an accredited degree-granting program or postdoctoral fellows) based on their platform presentations at the Teratology Society Annual Meeting. In addition to the distinction, they each receive an award of $500.
A Teratology Society member since 2013, Husseini said becoming active in the Society has encouraged his career development in a number of ways. “It pleases me to see how the Society encourages students to participate in its activities by recognizing their achievements,” he said. “Being a part of the Society is a great way to meet experienced professionals and scientists who provide valuable career advice and guidance. Everyone I met at this year’s conference was eager to listen to me and to discuss my career prospects and plans, and it was equally great to meet other students who share similar goals and dreams who may one day be potential collaborators.”
Hussieni hopes other students in his field consider getting involved with the Teratology Society, especially the annual meetings. “One can discover new passions and career interests just by attending the talks and seminars. For instance I found the talks on In Silico toxicology prediction quite exciting and novel, and it encouraged me to start taking computer programming lessons in order to learn more about its application in my current and future research plans,” he added.
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Learn more about the 2015 Teratology Society’s awards and recipients.