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Shepherd's Dr. Qing Wang receives research award

ISSUED: 29 February 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Dr. Qing Wang receives research award)

Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. Qing Wang, assistant professor of mathematics has received a West Virginia- IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUI) Research Award for $223,928 for two years. The grant was matched by $36,150 from Shepherd.

The funding from this award will allow her to conduct mathematical modeling studies on tumor cells, a new research initiative at Shepherd that builds on her previous work modeling disease spread.

Wang said she is thankful to the administration at Shepherd, which she said provides strong support during the grant application process for faculty who wish to pursue research opportunities.

Wang will work with Dr. David Klinke, of West Virginia University, on her project. Co-investigators on the project are Shepherd's Dr. Adam Parks, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Zhijun Wang, assistant professor of computer sciences. Two Shepherd undergraduate students will also work on this project, thereby receiving exposure to biomedical research.

The long-term goal of this research is to identify treatments for cancer that combine chemotherapies and immunotherapies for maximum clinical benefit using in silico screening. Undergraduate students also will be exposed to contemporary research questions as well as the relationship between mathematics and biology.

This research project contributes to improving public health by developing an efficient cancer treatment using a combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy. The model, analysis, and simulation results will enrich cancer treatment study and help guide the development of new mixed combination of cancer therapies with a cost-effective potential.

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