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Sven Eric Jordt

Associate Professor in Anesthesiology
3094, MS27, Durham, NC 27710-3094
3 Genome Ct., MSRB3, Room 6122, Durham, NC 27710-3094

Awards & Honors

Leading Edge in Basic Science Award

International Society of Toxicology · 2019 This award recognizes a scientist who, based on his/her research, has made a recent (within the last five years), seminal scientific contribution/advance to understanding fundamental mechanisms of toxicity. The recipient should be a respected basic scientist whose research findings are likely to have a pervasive impact on the field of toxicology. To recognize the importance to pharmacology and toxicology of his contributions to basic science, Dr. Sven-Eric Jordt has been awarded the 2019 SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award. Dr. Jordt received his PhD from Free University of Berlin in Germany in 1997. He then went on to be a postdoctoral fellow, first at the Center for Molecular Neurobiology in Hamburg, Germany, and then at the University of California San Francisco Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. He continues to play a pivotal role in academia through his current positions as an associate professor at the Duke University School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology, in Duke’s University Program of Environmental Health & Toxicology (UPEH) and the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Jordt’s work has largely involved TRP channel biology, a cutting-edge area of toxicology within which he is a leader. His extensive investigation of sensory TRP ion channels and their role in responding to physical and chemical signals resulted in the identification of the sensory ion channel TRPA1 as the major receptor for reactive environmental toxicants and inflammatory agents in sensory neurons innervating the airways. Dr. Jordt also focuses on the means by which basic research findings can be translated to applied research in medicine, including asthma research, the discovery of countermeasures against chemical threats and the health effects of smoking and electronic cigarettes. Dr. Jordt has been recognized many times within the field of toxicology. For example, he earned an American Asthma Foundation Early Excellence Award because of his work with TRPA1-deficient mice that showed TRPA1’s role in allergic airway inflammation and airway hyperreactivity and bronchoconstriction seen in asthma. He also is a past recipient of the NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Dr. Jordt’s expertise has been shared with both the scientific and nonscientific populations. His work has been published in many prestigious scientific journals, and he has authored several book chapters. Additionally, news outlets for the general public, such as CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio, have interviewed him. He has been a member of the Society of Toxicology since 2009. More about this award

Extension Award

Scholarly Society American Asthma Foundation · 2010 More about this award

Early Excellence Award

Scholarly Society American Asthma Foundation (AAF) · 2007 The American Asthma Foundation supports work in all investigative fields that may reveal new pathways in the pathogenesis of asthma. More about this award

Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award (ONES)

National National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) · 2006 Through its Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award (ONES) program, NIEHS cultivates America’s future environmental health research leaders at the start of their careers and supports innovative environmental health research. More about this award

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE Awards)

National President of the United States · 2006 The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. The White House, following recommendations from participating agencies, confers the awards annually. To be eligible for a Presidential Award, an individual must be a US citizen, national or permanent resident. Some of the winning scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant. More about this award

ESN Young Investigator Lectureship Award

Scholarly Society European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN) · 2003 The financial success of the 2nd ESN meeting in Göttingen in 1978 allowed the endowment of funds to support the ESN Young Investigator Lectureship Awards (now named “Young Scientist Lectureship Awards”) which recognize the research achievements of up to three promising young scientists in neurochemistry research. Candidates of 38 years of age or younger at the submission deadline should be based in a European country and/or should have achieved most of their outstanding achievements in European research groups. The ESN awards currently consist of an award medal (see picture below) and a paid trip to the ESN meeting, where the awardee(s) present a 30 minute lecture. More about this award

Postdoctoral Scholarship

National German National Academy of Sciences - Leopoldina · 1998 More about this award

Lifetime Membership

Scholarly Society German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studenstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), Germany · 1994 More about this award

Undergraduate Award

Scholarly Society German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studenstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), Germany · 1992 The Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes – German Academic Scholarship Foundation – awards scholarships to outstanding students, irrespective of their political, ideological or religious convictions and affiliations. In line with its statutes, it supports "the university education of young people who, on account of their exceptional academic or artistic talents and their personalities, can be expected to make an outstanding contribution to society as a whole". More about this award

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