Zoetis (formerly Pfizer) Award for Research Excellence

The purpose of this award is to foster innovative research, on which the scientific advancement of the profession depends, by recognizing outstanding research effort and productivity. Each year a UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty member is honored with the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence. The School's Office of Research and Graduate Education accepts nominations for consideration by the Research Committee.

2015 Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence

Photo: Dr. Pam Lein

Dr. Pam Lein

Pam Lein 

Dr. Pam Lein is an internationally recognized scientist with an extremely successful research record elucidating the mechanisms by which environmental factors and toxins impact development.

The research in her laboratory has contributed significantly to our understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which endogenous signaling factors (cytokines and growth factors), pharmacological agents (statins, soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitors) and environmental contaminants of public health concern (organophosphorus pesticides and persistent organic pollutants) interfere with normal patterns of neuronal connectivity in the central nervous system and modulate interactions between peripheral autonomic neurons and their effector targets.

Her research has been acknowledged as having significant and broad impacts in the field of developmental neurotoxicology as evidenced by two of her papers being singled out as Top Ten Scientific Accomplishments of 2012 by Autism Speaks, and her invitation by the US Environmental Protection Agency to participate on two separate Scientific Advisory Panels being convened to review the Agency’s risk assessment of chlorpyrifos and polychlorinated biphenyls. Consistent with her extremely strong funding, she has an extraordinary publication record, which illustrates that she is one of the leading research experts in neurotoxicology.

Her recognition as a leader in the field is further evidenced by her major roles in the Society of Toxicology (President of the Northern CA Regional Chapter), the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section, and participation in several disciplinary and regulatory organizations including the International Neurotoxicology Association, the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, and the FDA National Center for Toxicological Research. As director of the NIEHS T32 Advanced Training in Environmental Health Sciences, Dr. Lein has brought new vitality to a long-standing training grant. Many successful PhD and MS graduate students that have moved on into highly productive research careers also evidence Dr. Lein’s strong record in teaching and research mentorship.

Dr. Lein continuously strives for excellence, and dedicates enormous amounts of time and energy to identify and pursue initiatives that enhance graduate education.

Past recipients of the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence