Two University of Utah graduate students were recognized by the Society of Toxicology for their research.
Janice R. Thornton-Manning was one of four graduate toxicology students to receive a fellowship from the society. Her $9,500 award, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, will cover tuition and provide a stipend for her fourth year of doctoral work. She also received a $150 award for the best abstract from the society's molecular biology subsection.U. student Werawan Ruangyuttikarn won honorable mention from the society's mechanisms subsection for her abstract.
Both students are pursuing doctoral degrees and work under the direction of Garold S. Yost, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the U. College of Pharmacy. Yost and the students have a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate 3-methylindole, a compound found in cigarette smoke and thought to be toxic in the lungs.
Thornton-Manning's work involves bioactivation of the compound by enzymes that are produced from cloning of human genes. Ruangyuttikarn is studying human donor lung tissue in evaluating the toxic.