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

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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.

Zhang's other early cancer detection research includes a handheld microscope enabled by laser microchip technology that could be used in low-infrastructure environments. The handheld microscope technology has been licensed to an early stage medical devices company to develop a minimally invasive surgical endoscope with real-time micro-imaging for breast and skin cancer, the university reported.