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The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research has named Greg Wang, PhD, and Qing Zhang, PhD, as 2014 Sidney Kimmel Scholars.

The two UNC Lineberger members are among 15 research scientists and physicians named as scholars by the foundation. The honor includes a two-year grant totaling $200,000 to each scholar to fund research that has a high potential to be quickly translated into clinical use.

Wang’s lab focuses on understanding how chemical modifications at the epigenetic level can lead to malignant transformation in hematopoietic cancers. The grant for Wang’s lab will support investigation into the role of histone demethylation in blood-based cancers.

The research in Zhang’s lab explores the molecular mechanism of oxygen sensing in cancer. His grant will support research examining the regulation of progesterone receptor (PR) by EglN2 in tamoxifen-resistant estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer.

About the Kimmel Scholars Program

The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research funds the Kimmel Scholars Program, which each year, through a distinguished medical board of advisors, provides research grants to the nation’s most promising young cancer researchers. To date there have been 217 recipients of these awards. The goal of the grant program is to improve the basic understanding of cancer biology and to develop new methods for the prevention and treatment of cancer.