A University of Colorado cancer researcher secured a $750,000, highly competitive Stand up to Cancer Innovative Research Grants.
Hang "Hubert" Yin, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at CU-Boulder, will receive the grant over a three-year period for his "high-risk, high-reward" research project.
It's high-risk because it challenges the way cancer science is currently being conducted and high-reward for its potential for saving lives, according to the organization.
Richard D. Kolodner, chairman of the Stand Up to Cancer grants review committee, said in a news release that the group asked young researchers to step outside of their comfort zones in their research.
"If these Hang "Hubert" Yin (University of Colorado)
projects come to fruition, some of the ideas could be game-changers in cancer research," he said.
Yin, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at CU and a researcher with the CU Cancer Center, competed against more than 400 U.S. scientists to win one of the 13 grants.
His project will focus on the Epstein-Barr virus, which benignly infects nine out of 10 people. But, it's also at play in various types of lymphomas, including post-transplant or AIDS-related lymphoma, Burkitt's lymphoma and Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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