Dr. Pamela J. Lein
Dr. Pamela J. Lein, Department Chair and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine is the recipient of the 2023 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award. The AAVMC Excellence in Research Award designates the outstanding veterinary medical researcher of the year as selected by a committee of peers. Dr. Lein is a distinguished neurotoxicologist who has demonstrated excellence in original research, strong leadership in the scientific community, and exceptional mentoring of trainees and colleagues in veterinary medicine. She is also a skilled educator, research scientist, and a scientific contributor to her discipline. In addition to securing major funding, Dr. Lein has assembled NIH teams investigating original and innovative hypotheses on how diverse chemical exposures affect complex diseases, including neurodevelopmental disorders, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, and seizure disorders. Routinely sought out for her expertise, Dr. Lein has served or led numerous prestigious national panels in her discipline, including the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Toxicology Program; Committee for Systematic Review of Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Health Effects; The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM); Standing Committee to Advise the U.S. Department of State on Unexplained Health Effects on US Government Employees and Their Families at Overseas Embassies, NASEM; Society of Toxicology, Education and Career Development Committee; and Scientific Advisory Board, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Center for Toxicological Research.