Jin Wang Receives $3M New Faculty Award to Join BCM
Congratulations to Dr. Jin Wang, who will join the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) faculty this coming fall as a Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Scholar in Cancer Research. Wang is the latest recipient of a $2 million CPRIT award for new faculty, which recognizes investigators with the ability to make outstanding contributions to the field of cancer research, promote inquiry into new areas, foster collaboration, and stimulate growth in the field. A $1 million match from Baylor brings the total to $3 million. Currently a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Joseph DeSimoneï¿½s lab at UNC-Chapel Hill, Wang will take on the roles of assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at BCM, member of the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. Wang will build on his research achievements at UNC, focusing on applications of nanotechnology in biomedicine, including targeted drug delivery for cancer therapies. ï¿½The postdoc training in Dr. DeSimoneï¿½s group has broadened my horizons significantly, and in ways I could have never imagined as a graduate student in organic chemistry,ï¿½ Wang said. ï¿½Dr. DeSimone not only mentors us toward achievements in science, but also teaches us how to be entrepreneurial and apply our knowledge to make an impact on other peopleï¿½s lives.ï¿½ Dr. Wang received his B.S. in bioorganic chemistry from Peking University in 2003 and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Ohio State University in 2007 under the guidance of Prof. Matthew Platz, current Director of the NSF Division of Chemistry. Wang has been a member of DeSimoneï¿½s lab since 2008. DeSimone is Chancellorï¿½s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NCSU, Director of the Institute for Advanced Materials and the Institute for Nanomedicine at UNC, Co-Director of the Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, and a Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.