The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), a powerful state agency dedicated to public financing of cancer research in Texas, recently awarded grants to six faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin. The funding will support ongoing, innovative cancer research at UT and enable advances in immunotherapy, drug development, and cancer prevention efforts. The grants are among 73 new statewide awards totaling more than $142 million that CPRIT recently announced. The UT recipients are faculty members from the Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, College of Pharmacy, and Dell Medical School.
Cockrell School of Engineering
Hyun Jung Kim, a professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering, received a CPRIT award in support of his use of cancer-on-a-chip technology to study colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death globally. Types of bacteria present in the human body are linked to how patients respond to forms of immunotherapy. The cancer-on-a-chip technology is a small microchip that can mimic the physiological functions of the human gut. Using the chip, Kim and his team can study all the cells involved in the g...
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