What is the Young Investigator Award?

Chinese researchers and physicians are being increasingly recognized for making significant contributions which advance biomedical science, including cancer research in China and throughout the world. The Asian Fund for Cancer Research and the US Chinese Anti-Cancer Association have since 2010 jointly awarded outstanding Chinese cancer researchers in the early stages of their careers with the USCACA-AFCR Young Investigator Award.

The ultimate goal of the USCACA-AFCR Young Investigator Award is to expedite novel cancer drug development by stimulating the translation of lab discoveries to novel cancer treatments, fostering collaborations in clinical cancer drug development and sharing best practices and knowledge between China and the United States. As illustrated already in their early career accomplishments, these outstanding young scholars have received excellent training under their mentors in the U.S., have made impressive discoveries in demonstrating mechanisms underlying the causes and progression of human cancers and are engaged in the search for new approaches to improve treatments for cancer patients.

2018 Winners

Xinjian Li, Ph.D. 

Current Position: Principal Investigator, Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Infection and Immunity, Beijing

Training

  • Ph.D. in Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Neuro-Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, US

Wantong Song, Ph.D.  

Current Position: Associate Professor, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Training:

  • D. in Polymer Chemistry, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Puyu Shi, M.D., Ph.D.
Current Position: Resident of Medical Oncology, Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’An Jiaotong University
Training

  • M.D. in Medicine, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi
  • Ph.D. in Internal Medicine, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Emory University Winship Cancer Institute, GA, USA

Xingding Zhang, Ph.D. 

Current Position: Professor, School of Medicine, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou

Training:

  • D. in Pharmacology, Soochow University
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Lymphoma and Myeloma, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Yanru Wang, M.D., Ph.D. 

Current Position: Resident, Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou

Training:

  • D. in Clinical Medicine, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou
  • D. in Medical Oncology, Department of Medical Oncology, Jinling Hospital, Southern Medical University, Nanjing
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Duke University Medical Center, NC, USA

Dongsheng Yue, M.D., Ph.D.
Current Position: Principal Investigator, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute & Hospital, Tianjin
Training:

  • M.D. in Medicine, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin
  • Ph.D. in Translational Oncology, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA

Previous Winners

Over the years, AFCR has joined with USCACA in recognizing dozens of outstanding young individuals for their excellence in basic or clinical cancer research. The two organizations are proud to honor the winners of the current and past USCACA-AFCR Young Investigator Award, represented here:

2017 Winners

Guanglei Zhuang, Ph.D.

Current Position: Principle Investigator Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai

Training:

  • Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Genentech Inc., South San Francisco, CA, USA

Lydia Wai Ting Cheung, Ph.D.

Current Position: Assistant Professor University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Training:

  • Ph.D. in Cancer Cell Biology and Signal Transduction University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Systems Biology,
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Yangchun Xie, M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position: Resident, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., MD in Clinical Medicine, Central South University, Changsha, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Longhao Sun, M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position: Attending Surgeon, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, China

Training:

  • MD in Clinical Medicine, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
  • Ph.D. in General Surgery, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center, Winston -Salem, USA

Qiong Shi, M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position: Attending Physician, The Airborne Force Medical University, Xi’An, China

Training:

  • MD in General Medicine, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’An, China
  • Ph.D. in Dermatology, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’An, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Miaozhen Qiu, M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position: Attending Doctor, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

Training:

  • MD in Medicine, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • Ph.D. in Oncology, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA

2016 Winners

Song Gao, Ph.D.

Current Position: Attending Doctor Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China

Training:

  • MD in Clinical Medicine, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin , China I Ph.D. in Oncology, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
  • Post-doc, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston,TX, USA

Jianhua Zhou, Ph.D.

Current Position: Associate Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, China

Training:

  • MD in Clinical Medicine, Sun Yat-Sen University. Guangzhou, China I Ph.D. in Oncology, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
  • Post-doc, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Xiang Zhou, Ph.D.

Current Position: Associate Professor, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., MD in Genetics, Wuhan University,  Wuhan, China I Post-doc, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, USA

2015 Winners

Yu-Hui Jiang, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS, Shanghai, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA

Yuchen Jiao, M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China

Training

  • Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Postdoctoral fellow, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Tao Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position: GI surgeon/oncologist, Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Training

  • MD, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Ph.D., Fudan University, Shanghai/University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA (Joint Ph.D. Program)

Herbert Hei Man Pang, Ph.D.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, CT USA

Bo Li, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

Training

  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2014 Winners

Suling Liu, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Shanghai Cancer Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus , OH, USA
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine/ Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Michigan , Ann Arbor, USAUSA
  • Research Investigator, Department of Internal Medicine/ Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Yanxia Shi, Ph.D.

Current Position: Associate professor, Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, China

Training

  • Ph.D., Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, China I MD, Yang Zhou Medical College, Yang Zhou, China
  • Visiting Scholar, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, US
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard Medical School, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, US

Yan Cheng, Ph.D.    

Current Position: Professor

Central South University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Changsha, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Pharmacology Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, China I Postdoctoral fellow& Assistant professor, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, PA, USA

Guoyan Liu, M.D.

Current Position: Professor

Tianjin Medical University Genera l Hospital , Tianjin, China

Training

  • MD & Ph.D., Tianjin M edical Universi ty General Hospi tal, Tianjin, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Pathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA

Fengju Song, Ph.D.

Current Position: Associate Professor

Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute & Hospital, Tianjin, China

Training

  • I Ph.D., Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, USA

2013 Winners

Weiwei Yang, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Institute of Health Science, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Neuro-Oncology – Research, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA

Yan Sun, M.D.

Current Position: Professor, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital, Tianjin, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China I MD, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Pathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, US

Haizhong Feng, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow & Research Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Chengfang Dong, M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing , China I MD, Qingdao University Medical College, Qingdao, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology, The University of Texas Medical branch, Galveston, USA
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

2012 Winners

Lina Zhang, Ph.D.

Current Position: Associate Professor /Surgeon, Second Department of Breast Cancer, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute & Hospital, Tianjin, China

Training:

  • MD, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, China I Ph.D., Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, China
  • Global Academic Program Associate, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA

Binghui Li, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, Tianjin, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Research Professional Associate, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Xiuli Bi, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Liaoning University, College of Life Science, Shenyang, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Pathology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA

Yi Zhang, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Medical College of Soochow University, Suzhou, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Medical College of Soochow University, Suzhou, China
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Pharmacology, Penn State Medical Center  PA, USA

Yuhua Zhao, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Sichuan University

Training:

  • Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Mitchell Cancer Institute at University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, USA

2011 Winners

Peirong Ding, M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, China
  • Research fellow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA I Postdoctoral fellow, St. John’s University, New York, USA

Min Huang, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Shanghai Institute Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences , China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Yingmei Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, China

Training:

  • Ph.D., Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
  • Exchange Ph.D., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA

2010 Winners

Jilong Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital, Tianjin, China

Training:

  • MD, Ph.D., Fudan University Cancer Hospital, Shanghai, China
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Pathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA

Yong Gao, Ph.D.

Current Position: Professor, Department of Oncology, Shanghai Eastern Hospital, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Training:

  • MD, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Neurosurgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, USA.