Debra L. Laskin

Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Roy A. Bowers Endowed Chair
Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Piscataway, NJ

Dr. Laskin has been working in the fields of pharmacology and toxicology for over 40 years. She has a broad background and training in these disciplines, with specific expertise in inflammatory mechanisms of tissue injury, pulmonary and hepatic toxicology and disease pathogenesis. Her doctoral studies at the Medical College of Virginia were focused on immunotoxicology. This was followed by postdoctoral training in immunology, biochemistry and carcinogenesis at the Wistar Institute of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She subsequently joined the faculty of Rutgers University where she is currently Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the Roy A. Bowers Endowed Chair of Pharmacy. Dr. Laskin also serves as Deputy Director of the Rutgers University NIH NIEHS funded P30 Center for Environmental Exposures and Diseases.

Dr. Laskin’s research is focused on elucidating the role of inflammatory cells and mediators they release in xenobiotic-induced tissue injury with a major emphasis on the lung and the liver. She has made seminal contributions to this field, publishing over 350 journal articles, reviews, book chapters and reports, including several influential invited reviews on macrophages and tissue injury, which are widely referenced. Dr. Laskin has received many highly prestigious awards for her work including the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Achievement Award, the SOT Frank Blood/Board of Publications Award, the Burroughs Welcome Toxicology Scholar Award, the SOT Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section Career Achievement Award, the SOT Mechanisms Career Achievement Award, the ASPET Toxicology Division Career Award, and most recently the Rutgers Biomedical Health Science Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award. She has served on a number of federal grant review committees and has been actively involved in various scientific societies. She is also an Associate Editor for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.

Dr. Laskin is actively involved in research training and mentoring and was honored in 2014 by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) with the Women in Toxicology Mentoring Award, in 2017 with SOT Education Award, and in 2021 with Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences Distinguished Mentoring Award. She has trained 16 postdoctoral fellows, 24 doctoral students and numerous undergraduates. Her trainees have won awards for their work at various National and International Scientific conferences and have gone on to active careers in biomedical health sciences and toxicology. She has also mentored several junior basic science and clinical faculty who have successfully competed for NIH funding.