February 5, 2021
Zoey Tang, M.S., graduate student in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, is the 2021 recipient of the School’s Kathryne A. Brewington Graduate Research Award.
The School presents the award annually to the most outstanding doctoral student in pharmaceutical sciences in honor of the late Katherine Brewington’s commitment to public service and higher education. Brewington passed away while pursuing her doctoral degree at the School.
“My Ph.D. research, which focuses on investigating therapeutic antibody dynamics at the site of action, requires a broad range of techniques and skills that I obtained from the support of our scientific community. I could not have done this without all DPET and School of Pharmacy family members. I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award,” Tang said.
Tang, who holds degrees from China Pharmaceutical University and the University of Michigan, studies at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy under advisor Carter Cao, Ph.D.
Tang said she is interested in developing antibody treatments to more effectively target cancer cells. Her research focuses on monoclonal antibodies, which are proteins that bind to exactly one substance, and how they can directly target cancer cells. She has been working on this project for over two years.
“She worked extremely hard to distinguish herself as a researcher and student leader for this award,” Cao said. “Over the past few years, I have been very proud to watch her become a star student in our Ph.D. program and grow into a competent pharmaceutical scientist demonstrating excellent research and leadership skills.”
About future research, Tang said she hopes to investigate what factors can impact antibody treatments.