2009-2010 CAFA Faculty Development Grants

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The Robert T. Poe Faculty Development Grant

Weiming Yuan -- Modeling of the Ligand-Receptor Association

Professor Weiming Yuan is an Assistant Professor Professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology at USC Keck School of Medicine. The proposal requests funding for paying animal housing, biochemicals and cell lines. This project is aimed to establish a research program that develop novel approaches to treat cancers. Dr. Yuan received his B.S. and M.S. in Biochemistry from the Fudan University in China and his Ph.D. in Molecular Virology from University of Texas at Austin. He had pursued postdoctoral studies at UT-Austin and Yale University.

The CAFA Faculty Development Grant

Yu Huang -- Multifunctional Upconversion NanoParticles for Photodynamic Cancer Therapy

Dr. Yu Huang is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. The proposal requests funding for paying materials and professional travel. The proposed research project is aimed at developing nanoparticles for photodynamic cancer therapy which is emerging as a promising approach for cancer therapy, in which light activates photosensitizers (the drugs), which then function as catalysts to convert molecular oxygent to a range of cytotoxic reactive oxygen species that kill malignant cells. Dr. Huang received B.S. in Chemistry from University of Science and Technology in China and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 2003. She did her postdoctoral work at MIT.

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