2006-2007 CAFA Faculty Development Grants

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The Robert T. Poe Faculty Development Grant

Chun Ning "Jeanie" Lau -- Superconductivity and Quantum Coherence in Nanoscale Systems

Dr. Chun Ning "Jeanie" Lau is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside. The proposal asks for funding to pay for liquid helium, evaporation metal sources and clean room fees. This project aims to establish a research program that explores and exploits novel phenomena in nanoscale systems induced by superconducting coherence. Dr. Lau received her B.A. in Physics from the University of Chicago, her M.A. and Ph.D. in the same discipline from Harvard University.

The CAFA Faculty Development Grant

Bangyan Stiles -- The Effect of Activating AMPK on Pten Deletion Induced Liver Carcinogenesis

Dr. Bangyan Stiles is an Assistant Professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California. The proposed research project aims to test whether activating an energy signaling pathway can inhibit or delay liver cancer development in a mouse model. Funds are requested to purchase a homogenizer with a sawtooth generator that is required for this research. Dr. Stiles received her B.S. in Food Chemistry from Jinan University, her M.S. in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Texas-Austin/MD Anderson Cancer Center. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute and UCLA School of Medicine.

Ying Huang -- Biosynthesis of Ethylmalonyl-CoA in Streptomyces Melanosporus

Dr. Ying Huang is an Assistant Professor at the College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences. This proposal asked for funding to purchase tumor samples, cDNA and PCR reagents. The project is to investigate the role of the KEAP1-NRF2-SLC7A11 pathway in the resistance of malignant mesothelioma to chemotherapy. Dr. Huang received her B.S. in Medicine from Beijing Medical University, her M.S. in Medicine from the Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, and her Ph.D. in Molecular Genomics from the Ohio State University. She completed two postdoctoral trainings from the Ohio State University and Harvard Medical School.

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