Derek Chiang, PhD
Derek Chiang first came to UNC-Chapel Hill as part of the highly-selective Morehead-Cain Scholars program and majored in Chemistry. Thanks to UCRF support, he has returned to North Carolina to help advance the state’s cancer research agenda.
Chiang went on to complete a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California – Berkeley, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute predoctoral fellow. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He returns to UNC to work on computational tools to interpret the changes in tumor genomes, with the goal of understanding the genetic changes that cause cancer. He hopes that his research will help identify targets for individualized cancer therapy.