Local professor awarded grant

An Alderson Broaddus University professor was recently awarded a $100,000 grant to study cancer. The grant was awarded by The Division of Science Research and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Experimental, Program, Stimulation, Competitive and Research is a part of the National Science Foundation.

ESCoR is providing $100,000 for two years and Dr. Yi Charlie Chen says that he will use the Nano tech to specifically target cancer using natural compounds.

“Students will participate in my research,” said Chen, professor of biology at Alderson Broaddus University. “I want to begin by growing the cancer cells then treat it with Nano particles attached with cancer specific antibodies linked to natural inhibitors.”

Chen said that his proposal took him two months to write and it was 20 pages in length. He plans to use the funds to hire research assistants, for supplies and reagents, and for traveling to conferences to present his research.

This will be a continuation of past research. Chen is hopeful that this grant will help find therapeutic agents in cancer. He says it will study cancer in general; however, they are mainly using ovarian cancer cell lines as researcher models.

Chen has been doing cancer research for 13 years.

“I am a molecular biologist so I have studied insect molecular biology before, now the focus of my research is on cancer molecular biology,” said Chen.

Chen is married and has two children, son Allen and daughter Alana. Chen is from Hangzhou China about 100 miles south of Shanghai, the largest city in China.

At this year’s opening convocation, Chen was recognized as the 2013 Faculty of the Year and was the keynote speaker. He led the singing of John Denver’s “Country Roads.”

“I first learned about this song when I was in a graduate school in Zhejiang University in Hangzhou 30 years ago,” he said. “I learned from this beautiful song that there was a beautiful state far away called West Virginia.”

For more information about Chen’s work, please e-mail him at chenyc@ab.edu.