Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2016
Chi Zhang, a recent doctoral graduate in Bioinformatics,
studies the mechanisms of cancer initiation, progression, metastasis and post-metastasis development using large-scale data analyses of cancer tissue samples and computer modeling. Much of his research focuses on cancer micro-environment alterations and the Warburg’s theory, which states that the primary cause of cancer is the replacement of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. Zhang uses new genomic and transcriptomics data to explore this theory more completely by examining the fundamental metabolic changes that appear to be one of the primary causes of cancer in multiple tissues. His work could lead to new approaches to cancer prevention and treatment. Zhang is currently working as a postdoctoral
associate in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology.