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Yibin Kang Receives DOD Era of Hope Award

Yibin KangAssistant Professor of Molecular Biology Yibin Kang has been awarded a prestigious Era of Hope Scholar Award. The Award is part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program, and Dr. Kang's award totals $3.8 million over a five-year period.

Era of Hope Scholar Awards are intended for exceptionally talented, early-career scientists who have demonstrated that they are the best and brightest in their field through exceptional creativity, vision, and productivity. These scholars have shown a strong potential for leadership in the breast cancer research community, as well as a vision for the eradication of breast cancer.

A graduate of Duke University, Yibin Kang conducted ground-breaking research on cancer metastasis as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Joan Massague at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He joined the Department of Molecular Biology in the fall of 2004. Yibin's research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of cancer metastasis, the spread of cancer cells from the primary tumor to distant organs. Although metastasis contributes to over 90% of human cancer mortality, the molecular mechanism of this process remains largely unknown. Kang's laboratory applies a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the molecular basis of cancer metastasis, combining molecular biology and genomics tools with animal models and advanced in vivo imaging technologies.

For more information on the DOD's Breast Cancer Research Program and Era of Hope Awards, visit their Web site .

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