Biochemistry M.D./Ph.D. student receives award

Wei-Hsien “Tommy” Hou, Ph.D., has been awarded the National Cancer Institute R12 Trainee/Donald L. Morton Cancer Research Trainee Award. He will receive his award and present his current research at the 4th International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis and the Lymphovascular System: Basis for Rational Therapy in New York, NY on May 13, 2011.

Dr. Hou was a graduate student in Dr. Jung-San Huang’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry and received his Ph.D. in 2009. Their research was recently featured in Newslink and was reported in the April 15 issue of the Journal of Cell Science. The paper describes a molecule, CRSBP-1, that could block metastasis by preventing cancer cells from entering the lymphatic system. Their discovery will have a strong impact on the field of cancer research and could lead to new ways to prevent the spread of cancer.

Tommy is currently a medical student at Saint Louis University and will receive his M.D. degree next year.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology