Ut grant to train re­searchers

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING - Com­piled from staff re­ports

The Uni­ver­sity of Texas has re­ceived $2.5 mil­lion to train a new gen­er­a­tion of can­cer re­searchers. The uni­ver­sity also re­ceived $527,974 for a study of how can­cer cells live and die.

The Can­cer Pre­ven­tion and Re­search In­sti­tute of Texas awarded Jonathan Sessler, a pro­fes­sor of chem­istry, and John DiGio­vanni, a pro­fes­sor of phar­macy and nu­tri­tional sci­ences, $2.5 mil­lion to es­tab­lish the UT Can­cer Re­search Train- ing Pro­gram. The pro­gram will train all lev­els of stu­dents to work on the devel­op­ment of po­ten­tial treat­ments and tools to di­ag­nose can­cer. They also will col­lab­o­rate with re­searchers at UT’s M.D. An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter, the uni­ver­sity an­nounced Thurs­day.

In ad­di­tion, Tanya Paull, a pro­fes­sor of molec­u­lar ge­net­ics and mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, re­ceived $527,974 to work on a pro­tein in hu­man cells that she and her col­leagues dis­cov­ered can sense ox­ida­tive stress, which is im­por­tant in can­cer bi­ol­ogy be­cause of its in­volve­ment in cell growth and death, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from UT.

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