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New therapies targeting cancer, Alzheimer's goal of UH physicist
Date:3/6/2014

king advances in novel therapeutic strategies associated with the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells, such as those found in cancer and Alzheimer's."

Fascinated by how things work since childhood, Cheung knew by the age of 15 that she wanted to be a scientist and says that physics is a wonderful tool to understand such concepts. Cheung decided to join UH in 2006, saying that the physics department was just starting to become involved in new research areas, such as biological research. Additionally, she says, the resources in the Houston area, such as the Texas Medical Center, make UH a great environment for innovative research.

Once at UH, Cheung started a research and education program in theoretical biological physics and soft matter. She says this knowledge will impact disease-related research, enabling scientists to detect how symptoms develop at an early stage, using computer simulations and modeling to try to understand and predict the behavior of diseases inside a cell under both normal and disease conditions.

"It is entirely appropriate that Margaret Cheung's highly creative research be recognized through the APS fellowship program," said Gemunu Gunaratne, chair of UH's Department of Physics. "She is not only a superb scientist, but also performs her other duties diligently. She participates in developing new approaches for undergraduate education and is an active member of several departmental committees. She also impacts physics education in local schools as the principal investigator of a program funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to introduce new teaching tools to Houston-area high school teachers."

The APS has more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the U.S. and throughout the world. APS fellows are selected for their exceptional contributions to physics, and election is limited to no more than one half of one percent of t
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Contact: Lisa Merkl
lkmerkl@uh.edu
713-743-8192
University of Houston
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