Dr. Nicole Kleinstreuer Recognized with 2016 F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award

Congratulations to Nicole Kleinstreuer, PhD, Recipient of the

2016 F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award!


Dr. Kleinstreuer specializes in computational toxicology and received a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Canterbury in 2009. She then joined the EPA’s National Center for Computational Toxicology (NCCT) as a postdoctoral fellow where she trained from 2009-2013 on a transdisciplinary “Virtual Embryo Project.” Currently, she is Deputy Director of the National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Toxicological Methods (NICEATM). 

This award honors F. Clarke Fraser, one of the founding members of the Teratology Society, for his many contributions to the field of developmental toxicology. The award is presented during the annual meeting of the Teratology Society and is intended to demonstrate the development of an independent career in birth defects research.

“She is a terrific and articulate speaker and her talks are always well-received by experts and non-experts alike,” said Thomas B. Knudsen, PhD, past-president of the Teratology Society and Dr. Kleinstreuer’s former colleague at NCCT. “She has repeatedly demonstrated the highest standards of communication of her science to multiple sectors at an international level, including basic scientists, regulatory and government authorities,” he added.

In 2014, Dr. Kleinstreuer helped reach the masses by “redefining beauty” as a PhD model for the design company, Betabrand. Her participation in the campaign landed her an appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show.”

Dr. Kleinstreuer’s presentation, “Of Mice, Math, and Modeling,” will take place on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm. Dr. Marilyn Preus, widow of Dr. F. Clarke Fraser, will be presenting Dr. Kleinstreuer with her award.

Read more about all of the 2016 Teratology Society’s awards and recipients.

Read more about Dr. Kleinstreuer in a recent issue of Environmental Factor, the newsletter of the National Insitute of Environmental Health Sciences.


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