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Health Scientist Awarded Best Immunotoxicology Paper of the Year from Society of Toxicology

Cardno’s Bethany Winans, PhD, received the Best Paper of the Year from the Society of Toxicology’s (SOT) Immunotoxicology Specialty Section at SOT’s 55th annual meeting in New Orleans on March 16.  

Entitled Linking the aryl hydrocarbon receptor with altered DNA methylation patterns and developmentally induced aberrant antiviral CD8+ T cell responses, based on experiments she designed and performed, the SOT cited its outstanding contribution to understanding the impact that early life exposure to pollutants has on the developing immune system.  The paper was nominated by a researcher at Michigan State University, and was selected from among four other nominated papers.    

Bethany joined Cardno in 2014, the year she received her doctoral degree in toxicology. Her primary areas of expertise are immunotoxicology, the developmental origins of health and disease, and epigenetic regulation. Her graduate work explored the link between early life exposures and immune responses later in life, investigating how developmental exposure to dioxin alters the epigenetic regulation and the function of CD8+ T cells, which are critical responders to viral infection.