Wang selected as a Kimmel Scholar in cancer research

Greg Wang, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & biophysics, was selected as a 2014 Sidney Kimmel Foundation Scholar in cancer research for his research project entitled “Deciphering the role of histone demethylation in hematopoietic malignancies.”

The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research has selected the 2014 recipients for the Kimmel Scholar Program. Fifteen research scientists and medical doctors from across the United States will receive two year grants totaling $200,000 under the Foundation's on-going Kimmel Scholar program. The Kimmel Scholar Awards were created to advance the careers of gifted, young scientists involved in cancer research. Those selected are chosen for demonstrating the greatest promise and innovation in their work, must be in the early stages of their research career, and have not progressed far enough to have received major grants from the National Cancer Institute or other funding sources.

Dr. Wang's research project is entitled “Deciphering the role of histone demethylation in hematopoietic malignancies.Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship with David Allis in the laboratory of Chromatin Biology & Epigenetics at Rockefeller University in New York. Since joining the faculty at UNC, he has been awarded a UNC Jefferson Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine (2013) and a Martin D. Abeloff, MD V Scholar Award from the V Foundation for Cancer Research (2011). He is also currently completing a Howard Temin ‘Pathway to Independence’ Award in Cancer Research from the National Cancer Institute (2010–present). Research in his lab emphasizes chromatin biology and epigenetics. His group focuses on mechanistic understandings of how chemical modifications of chromatin define distinct patterns of mammalian genomes, control gene expression, and regulate cell proliferation versus differentiation during development, and how their deregulations lead to human diseases such as cancer, developmental disorders, and aging.

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