Dr. Jayanta K. Das, research assistant professor at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, received the 2017 Translational/Bridging Travel Award from the Society of Toxicology (SOT) at the global organization’s annual meeting and exhibition in Baltimore, MD. More than 6,800 scientists gathered in March to share research, exchange ideas and form collaborations to advance toxicology’s impact on health.
[Photo: Dr. Jayanta K. Das receives the SOT Translational/Bridging Travel Award from Society of Toxicology’s Dr. Aaron Barchowsky]
SOT selected Dr. Das in celebration and support of his pioneering cancer and toxicology research that uses anti-cancer drugs against cancer stem cells along with a study of environmental toxicants using 3D in vitro models in lieu of outmoded animal models. Dr. Das has looked for ways to eliminate the ethical concerns and expenses associated with animals in the lab for nearly a decade, and he revealed a faster way to test the extent of toxicity and environmental toxicants causing public health issues as an additional benefit of his investigation.
In addition to authoring more than two dozen scientific publications, Dr. Das’ myriad contributions to toxicology include effective therapeutic strategies for prevention of cancer (i.e. leukemia, breast and colon cancer). In Stempel College’s department of environmental and occupational health, Dr. Das is using the 3D in vitro model to investigate cancer stem cells signaling pathways and to discover new molecules to inhibit them.