RIFM Scientists Receive Early Investigator Award from the Genetic Toxicology Association



5/2/18 Two scientists from the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), Yax Thakkar and Kaushal Joshi, PhD, were granted an Early Stage Investigator Travel Award for the 2018 Genetic Toxicology Association (GTA) Meeting for their poster abstract, "The Bluescreen HCTM Assay to Predict the Genotoxic Potential for Fragrance Materials". The 2018 GTA meeting is held in Newark, Delaware, at the University of Delaware, Clayton Hall Conference Center, from May 2-4, 2018.

Posters are exhibited during the whole meeting and the scientists are available during the Poster Session on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Preceding the Poster Session, Dr. Joshi and Mr. Thakkar will participate in a special Speed Session in the Main Hall where they present a brief slide summary on their work.

Poster and abstract are also viewed in the Publications section of this website. Click here or on the Publications tab at the top of the page, then choose Posters from the menu on the left.

The $1000 Early Investigator Travel Award is conferred during the Award Presentation scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2018, 10:15 am. Dr Kaushal and Mr Thakkar will also be included in a roster of honorees at a dinner reception on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in the Clayton Conference Center.

Dr Kaushal Joshi, PhD, RIFM Scientist, Genetox, joined RIFM in 2016. He earned his MS in Pharmacology and his PhD in Toxicology from St John’s University, Queens, New York.

Dr Joshi’s research focused on the effects of commercial products on the cardio-vascular system and the molecular mechanism underlying cardiotoxic effects in an animal model.

Mr Thakkar, RIFM Scientist, Genetox, also joined RIFM in 2016. He earned his MS in Pharmacology/Toxicology from Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York.

In recent years, Mr Thakkar held various positions in the field of toxicology: at Coty Inc, Toxicology Analyst; at L'Oréal, Research Scientist; and at ToxServices, Toxicologist. Most recently, he was a Business Analyst for NSIT Solutions where he consulted with a pharmaceutical client to build an in-house PK/PD and Toxicological in silico computational tool.

Together, Dr Kaushal and Mr Thakkar develop, research, and review genotoxicity data included in RIFM's Safety Assessments for Fragrance Ingredients.

RIFM is the international scientific authority for the safe use of fragrance materials. RIFM generates, evaluates, and publishes scientific data on the safe use of fragrance raw materials in personal and household care products. Through extensive research, testing, and constant monitoring of all scientific literature available, RIFM maintains its Database as the most comprehensive source, worldwide, of physical-chemical, toxicological, and eco-toxicological data associated with known fragrance and flavor materials. RIFM's scientific findings are evaluated by an independent Expert Panel—an international group of dermatologists, pathologists, toxicologists, reproduction, respiratory, and environmental scientists. The Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety evaluates the safety of fragrance ingredients under conditions of intended use and publishes its results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The decisions of the Expert Panel regarding restrictions of use are published as IFRA Standards. For more information about RIFM, explore this website or e-mail