Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dr. Hang Yin: Kimmel Scholar Award Recipient

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Hang (Hubert) Yin, University of Colorado at Boulder Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry who has received the Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research. Dr. Yin is the first CU Boulder researcher to accept the prestigious award.

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 145 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.

Dr.Yin is developing exogenous peptide and small-molecule agents that target transmembrane helices to study the little-understood membrane protein-protein interactions in order to further understanding of molecular recognition in membranes. A component to this work includes development of novel peptide-peptidomimetic reagents to target the latent membrane proteins found on the Human herpesvirus and to control blood clotting by modulating integrin receptors on platelets. The findings from these studies may lay the groundwork for the discovery of new pharmaceutical agents with which may diagnose, prevent and treat herpesvirus-dependent cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Yin came to the CU-Boulder chemistry and biochemistry department in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he was a postdoctoral fellow from 2004 to 2007. He received his doctorate in chemistry from Yale University in 2004.In addition to his faculty position at CU-Boulder, Yin is an associate member of the University of Colorado Cancer Center in the Developmental Therapeutics Program. In 2007 Dr. Yin received the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Wood-Whelan Research Fellowship, the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation Young Investigator Scholarship and the Elsevier Most Cited Paper Award.

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