For the second year in a row a CSBL graduate student has received the prestigious Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant awarded by the UGA Graduate School. This year Sha Cao was recognized for her ongoing cancer research and received the maximum grant offered.
Cao plans to use the award to study how cholesterol in metastatic cancer may result in accelerated cancer growth. She is hoping that from this research she will then be able to identify a few vital targets in the signaling pathway for potential drug design.
Cao will be using the grant funds to attend the International Workshop on Cancer Systems Biology, sponsored by Jilin University to meet with fellow researchers and then work with her collaborators in China. To make this project possible Cao will be leveraging the work of many disciplines – using cancer tissue samples collected by medical doctors, RNA-seq data and metabolic profiling data produced by biochemists, as well as other high-throughput data forms, and drawing upon her own skills in both computer programming and statistical analysis.
Last year Chi Zhang won the award for his work on the roles of the reprogrammed metabolism in cancer initiation.