2009-2010 CAFA Faculty Development Grants
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.