Linda A. Toth, Ph.D., D.V.M., is associate dean for research and faculty affairs at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She was named to the position in August 2005. She is a professor of pharmacology, and formerly served as director of laboratory animal medicine at SIU from 2000-06.
Toth is responsible for improving, promoting and coordinating SIU’s research and directing core support offices including grants and contracts, laboratory animal medicine, research services, statistics and research consulting, and the center for clinical research.
Toth has an active NIH grant project underway, funded for more than $1.8 million. Her research interests are 1) the identification of mechanisms by which disease causes fatigue and sleep problems and those by which sleep loss triggers metabolic dysregulation and precipitates or exacerbates disease; 2) neural-immune interactions, with particular emphasis on a) the genetic modulation of sleep propensity in healthy animals and in animals undergoing infectious or inflammatory disease and b) the impact of sleep loss on susceptibility to and recuperation from infectious and inflammatory disease; and 3) refinement of the use of animals in research.
Toth came to SIU in 2000 after working as an attending veterinarian (1992-99) and associate member of the infectious diseases department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. She also held faculty appointments in comparative medicine and physiology and biophysics departments at the University of Tennessee in Memphis (1988-99).
Toth’s honors include the Nathan R. Brewer Scientific Achievement Award, given by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) in 2002. She previously received AALAS’s Research and Technical Publications Awards. She was also selected as a fellow for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (2002). She received the Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (2005) and was named Outstanding Scientist at SIU School of Medicine (2007). In 2010 SIU Carbondale named her an Academic/Professional Woman of Distinction.
Toth earned her bachelor's degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (1972) and her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Pittsburgh (1975, 1980). She earned her veterinary medicine degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. (1986). She was a postdoctoral research associate at Pittsburgh (1980-81) and at Purdue (1982-85) as well as at NIH’s National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Md. (1981-82).
She is certified as a diplomate by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, the Society for Neuroscience, the Sleep Research Society and the American Physiological Society. She is an NIH reviewer and a member of the external scientific panel for the National Health Lung and Blood Institute’s Program on Genomic Applications. She is the author of more than 110 journal articles, book chapters and reviews.
A native of Pennsylvania, Toth is married to Thomas W. Gardiner. She is the daughter of Frank and Betty Toth of Cary, N.C.