January 17, 2012
Professor Terry W. Schultz is an Emeritus Professor within the Department of Comparative Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He also currently holds the position of Administrator for the (Q)SAR Application Toolbox Project for the Hazard Assessment Group at the Environmental Directorate for the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), in Paris, France. Professor Schultz attended Austin Peay State University, completing his B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1968; his PhD at the University of Tennessee in Zoology in 1975; and his Post-doc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Toxicology from 1975 to 1977.
Professor Schultz has more than 30 years experience in predictive toxicology. His experimental work includes projects on teratogenesis, biodegradation, receptor-mediated endocrine disruption, and toxicogenomics. He is best known for development and use of rapid and inexpensive assays for the evaluation of organic toxicants with the purpose of understanding chemical-biological interactions and building data bases with which to examine the relationships between toxic potency and molecular structure.
Professor Schultz serves as director of the Biological-Activity Testing and Modeling Laboratory at The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, which is best known for its work with the freshwater ciliate Tetrahymena pyriformis and the TETRATOX database. His current research interests include developing in chemico reactivity data from simple, rapid abiotic methods and using these data to form categories and conducting read-across analysis in toxicity assessments, and development of the concept of the Adverse Outcome Pathway as a means of linking molecular screening and ‘-omics’ data to in vivo effects.