2010-2011 CAFA Faculty Development Grants

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The Robert T. Poe Faculty Development Grant

Chi On Chui -- Highly Sensitive and Rapid Diagnostic Devices for Cardiovascular Disease

Professor Chi On Chui is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. The proposed research project aims to develop point-of-care devices for highly sensitive and real-time diagnosis of cardiovascular disease such as acute myocardial infarction. The transformative amplifying nanowire field-effect transistor sensor concept will maximize the intrinsic detection sensitivity with minimal noise contribution. Funds are requested to purchase surface immobilization chemicals and cardiac biomarker antibody solutions, and support professional travels specific to the project. Dr. Chui received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, CA. After which he joined Intel Corporation as a Senior Device Engineer and Research-in-Residence at UC Berkeley and Stanford.

The CAFA Faculty Development Grant

Mei Kong -- Identify Signaling Pathways in Cancer Cell Adaptation to Metabolic Stress

Dr. Mei Kong is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Tumor Cell Biology at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope Cancer Center. The proposed research project seeks to define signaling pathways regulating cell survival under metabolic stress, how these pathways function in cancer progression and means to target these pathways as cancer treatment. Funds are requested to purchase chemicals, antibodies and real-time qPCR reagents that are required for this research. Dr. Kong received B.S. in Biology from East China Normal University, her M.S. in Cell Biology from Shanghai Institute of Cell Biology and Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from McGill University, Canada. She did her postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania.

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