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WUSTL's Wang to study oxygen consumption in cells with NSF grant
Date:3/20/2013

ystems, Wang says. Potential applications include gauging cellular health and metabolic state for stress response and in toxicity studies. Environmentally, oxygen-linked respiration is the main sink of organic matter in nature, and it can be considered as a fundamental component of global element cycling. Differences in oxygen uptake within complex natural communities can lend insights into the use of energy sources in the environment, as well as into primary production.

Wang is collaborating with Jun Zou, PhD, associate professor of electrical & computer engineering at Texas A&M University.

A leading researcher on new methods of cancer imaging, Wang has received more than 30 research grants as the principal investigator with a cumulative budget of more than $38 million. His research on non-ionizing biophotonic imaging has been supported by the NIH, National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Defense, The Whitaker Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Wang and his lab were the founders of a new type of medical imaging that gives physicians a new look at the body's internal organs, publishing the first paper on the technique in 2003. Called functional photoacoustic tomography, the technique relies on light and sound to create detailed, color pictures of tumors deep inside the body and may eventually help doctors diagnose cancer earlier than is now possible and to more precisely monitor the effects of cancer treatment all without the radiation involved in X-rays and CT scans or the expense of MRIs.

In September 2012 he received one of 10 NIH Director's Pioneer Awards from among 600 applicants. The award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research. He also has received the NIH FIRST, the NSF's CAREER Award, the Optical Society's C. E. K. Mees Medal and IEEE's
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Contact: Neil Schoenherr
nschoenherr@wustl.edu
31-493-595-235
Washington University in St. Louis
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