Univ. of Texas nets $950,000 grant to develop blood test for cancer

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute has awarded John Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, nearly $1 million for his research on early detection of cancer.

Zhang is working to improve early detection of cancer through a simple blood test. His research combines disposable microchips with a microscope that can precisely measure tumor markers.

The $950,000 award will fund Zhang’s research initiatives over the next three years.

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