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Postdoc Brings Home SOT Awards

By Eddy Ball
April 2010

Xueqian (Shirley) Wang,  Ph.D.
Wang said of her awards, "It was a great honor to me and our laboratory that my poster won the NTSS first-place award and AACT Best Abstract Award. I could not have accomplished this without the great research environment at NIEHS." (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Xueqian (Shirley) Wang,  Ph.D. and David  Miller, Ph.D.
Wang, left, demonstrated her team spirit last July as she and Miller, right, kicked off the "I Am Intramural" campaign at NIEHS (see story( (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS research fellow Xueqian (Shirley) Wang, Ph.D., received first-place prizes for her poster at the annual Society of Toxicology (SOT) meeting, March 7-11 in Salt Lake City. Wang has been part of the NIEHS Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology Intracellular Regulation Group, headed by Principal Investigator and Chief David Miller, Ph.D., for the past three years.

Wang was doubly fortunate with special interest group (SIG) and specialty section (SS) awards for her poster, "The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Regulates ABC [ATP-binding cassette] Transporters at the Blood-Brain Barrier." Her first honor came early in the meeting with the American Association of Chinese in Toxicology (AACT) ( NIEHS SOT-SIG and Charles River Best Abstract Award of a plaque and $300. On March 10, Wang learned she had also won the first-prize Neurotoxicology SS Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Award ( NIEHS.

In her submission letter, Wang said, "Given the role of ABC transporters in drug pharmacokinetics, our research has important implications, especially with regard to the interactions between environmental contaminants and pharmacotherapy for both the CNS (central nervous system) and the periphery."

Citations: Wang X, Hawkins BH, Sykes D, Miller SD. The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) Regulates P-glycoprotein at the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) (  Download Adobe Reader (28 KB). Laboratory of Pharmacology, NIH/NIEHS

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