Lab News & Events

News and Events 

On January 15, 2014, Wei Huang successfully defended her thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Huang.

On January 16, 2014, Li Qin received a Paradise Travel Award from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at IU.

On March 15, 2014, JT was presented with a Yao-Yuan Award at the 6th Yao-Yuan Conference in Chicago.

On March 24, 2014, Wei Huang’s manuscript on STAT3 inhibitor was published in ACS Chemical Biology as a cover article. Way to go!

On May 2, 2014, Valerie Fako successfully defended her thesis. Good job, Dr. Fako!

On May 15, 2014, Jenny Beebe of the IBMG program joined our laboratory for her thesis work. Good luck, Jenny.

On June 27, 2014, Valerie was presented with the 2014 K. K. Chen award for her outstanding achievement by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at IU.

On July 6, 2014, our annual lab barbecue picnic was held at Eagle Creek Park. Yum-yum!

On July 30, 2010, Jing Qi and Wei Mo were selected to receive travel awards to attend the 7th Annual North American ABC Workshop in September 2010 in Fredrick, MD. Congratulations! 

On July 17, 2010, Xi Wu successfully defended her proposal and advanced into candidacy for a Ph.D. degree. Congrats. 

In May 2010, we welcomed two new IBMG graduate students, Valerie Fako and Li Qin, who will be pursuing their graduate studies in the Zhang laboratory for the next a few years. We wish them best of luck for their thesis research. 

On April 16, 2010, Zizheng Dong was awarded with a Biomedical Research Grant from Indiana University School of Medicine to study how eIF3a over-expression causes colon tumorigenesis. Kudos. 

On February 4, 2010, Wei Huang, a second year IBMG graduate student, joined our laboratory for her graduate studies toward a Ph.D. degree. Good luck, Wei. 

On December 8, 2009, JT Zhang was invited by e-Century Publications to serve as the founding Editor-in-Chief for the open access International Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 

On October 13, 2009, Xi Wu received a letter of award for her application of a predoctoral fellowship from Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Congratulations. 

On September 16, 2009, Jiye Yin joined us from Central South University for a combined research program partly supported by China Scholarship Council. Welcome, Jiye. 

On June 18, 2009, Zizheng Dong was awarded with a $60,000 grant from the Showalter Foundation to investigate the role of eIF3a in translational regulation and cell proliferation. Congratulations. 

In April, 2009, the Zhang Lab successfully moved to the new state of the art building, Walther Hall (R3). 

On March 23, 2009, Jing Qi was notified that her application for a postdoctoral fellowship from Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program has been recommended for funding. Congratulations. 

On November 16, 2008, we welcomed Jianguo Liu into the Zhang Lab. Jianguo will be helping the lab with a variety of tasks.

On October 14, 2008, Hailan Liu successfully defended her thesis and was awarded with a Ph.D degree in Pharmacology. Congratulations and good luck for her future career development. 

On June 23rd, 2008, STEM scholar Merrill Brouillette from Langston University came to work in our lab for the summer for the second time following a successful session last summer. Welcome and best wishes for Merrill. 

On June 15th, 2008, Hailan gave birth to a healthy boy, Simon. Congratulations to Hailan and Paul. 

On June 8th, 2008, the annual lab picnic was held in Eagle Creek Park with extended participation from former lab members in Indianapolis area. Everyone enjoyed the event. 

On May 7th, 2008, Xi Wu, one of the graduate students from the first class of the IBMG graduate program at IU School of Medicine, joined our laboratory for her thesis research. Welcome and good luck, Xi! 

We extend our warmest welcome to Drs. Ranyi Liu, Zhi-Yong Luo, and Yugang Wang who joined our laboratory from Sun Yet-Sen Cancer Center, Central South University Xiangya School of Medicine, and Institute of Basic Medical Sciences. 

On December 4th, 2007, Wei Mo was notified that her application for a predoctoral traineeship from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program is funded. This now brings total of 3 DoD fellowships to our laboratory at Indiana University. The other fellowships were awarded to Hailan Liu, a current Ph.D. student, and Junkang Xu who graduated in 2006. Way to go, Wei! 

On October 21st, 2007, Dr. Chao-Nan Qian from Van Andel Research Institute and Sun Yet-Sen Cancer Center visited our laboratory and presented a seminar entitled “The complexity of tumor angiogenesis”. We will be collaborating on investigating platinum drug resistance mechanisms in cancer chemotherapy. 

On October 19th, 2007, Hailan presented a student seminar entitled “Mechanism of fatty acid synthase mediated drug resistance” which received high remarks from faculty as always. 

On July 1, 2007, we were awarded a grant entitled “Targeting the amino terminal gate of human MRP1” by the National Cancer Institute.

Welcome to Merrill Brouillette, a STEM scholar from Langston University, who will be working with us for the summer. Merrill will be studying translation initiation factors in cancer. For a New York Times story on the STEM program, see 

On April 13th, 2007, Wei presented a graduate student seminar entitled “Mapping of oligomerization domain of BCRP”, a job well done. 

On January 27th, 2007, we were awarded a grant entitled “Targeting survivin for better treatment of prostate cancers using computation-based drug design” by the Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

On January 27th, 2007, Hailan presented a seminar entitled “Fatty acid synthase, a novel drug target for the treatment of drug resistant breast cancers” at the graduate student seminar series of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Her presentation received high remarks from faculty and fellow students. Job well done! 

In January, 2007, Dr. Jing Qi and Dr. Fang Wang joined our laboratory as postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Qi recently graduated from Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Dr. Wang came from University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis. We extend our warmest welcome to Dr. Qi and Dr. Wang. 

In October, 2006, Dr. David Myer joined our laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Myer is supported by the NRSA Cancer Biology Training Grant. Welcome and congratulations, David! 

In April, 2006, Wei Mo, a Ph.D. graduate student of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Dr. Zhaomin Li, a postdoctoral fellow, joined our laboratory. Dr. Li recently received his Ph.D. from Fudan University and Ms Mo was a recent graduate from Xiangya Medical School with a master’s degree. Welcome and good luck! 

On March 30, 2006, Junkang successfully defended his dissertation research entitled “identification of the oligomeric status and the oligomerization domain of human multidrug transporterABCG2”. Junkang’s work was supported by a prestigious predoctoral fellowship from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Congratulations! 

On March 28, 2006, Hailan was awarded with a prestigious 3-year predoctoral fellowship from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Job well done! 

On December 10, 2005, Junkang was awarded with the K. K. Chen Award from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Departmental Christmas party. What a success! 

On November 3, 2005, JT was awarded with the Michael K. Guest Award for innovative research from Walther Cancer Institute at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of WCI. 

In October, 2005, Youyun successfully competed for a fellowship from a NRSA training grant. Congratulations!

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