Three Faculty Members Receive Awards
Three junior faculty members at the UNC School of Pharmacy have received awards from the University.
Craig Lee, PhD, and Qisheng Zhang, PhD, each received a $7,500 Junior Faculty Development Award from the Committee on Faculty Research and Study Leaves. X. Simon Wang, PhD, received a $4,500 University Research Council Award.
Lee is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Pharmaceutics. He received both his doctor of pharmacy degree and his PhD from the School, and he has been a member of the faculty since 2006. His research examines the role of genomics in the development, progression, and treatment of cardiovascular disease, with a focus on eicosanoid metabolism and endothelial dysfunction. He will use the award to support a graduate student research project and generate preliminary data for a future extramural grant application.
Zhang is an assistant professor in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products. He joined the School in January 2007 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute. He is investigating endogenous small molecule-protein interactions and their downstream signaling. He will use the grant to study how phosphatase PRL-3 regulates cancer metastasis.
Wang is a research assistant professor in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products. He works in division chair Alex Tropsha’s lab, which develops new methodologies and software tools for computer-assisted drug design. Wang, who has been with the School since December 2005, will use the award to support a project using computational approaches to understand the complex binding profiles of ligands interacting with multiple biological targets.