The Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (FAMU CoPPS, IPH), Asha Rizor, a Ph.D. candidate in the pharmacology/toxicology discipline, received two significant distinctions this year. Rizor is the recipient of the 2019 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Toshio Narahashi Neurotoxicology Specialty Section Trainee (NTSS) Conference Endowment Award. The goal of this award is to support the attendance of meritorious trainees in neurotoxicology to the SOT meeting by relieving potential financial barriers for travel, as well as recognize superior scientific merit and academic achievement of graduate trainees. Rizor will be attending the 2020 Society of Toxicology (SOT) 59th Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for March 15-19 in Anaheim, CA. She will present a poster of her research entitled, “Mechanism of Mn-induced YY1 Activation via Aurora B Kinase and Casein Kinase II in Astrocytes”.
Rizor is also the recipient of the 2019 American College of Toxicology (ACT) Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship recognizes outstanding graduate students in the field of toxicology who have the potential to contribute significantly to the field through research and scientific achievement. The fellowship is for two years and pays $5,000 per year. ACT awards up to 3 fellowships annually to graduate students matriculating in approved toxicology programs in North America. Rizor won this award based on her research in neuropharmacology/ toxicology, where she investigated the molecular mechanisms of heavy metal-induced neurotoxicity. Her research is under the advisement of Dr. Eunsook Lee, professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.