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UTA Professor Arrives with $2 Million in Cancer Research Funding

The CPRIT funds are meant to support early stage researchers and tenured professors.
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A new professor at The University of Texas at Arlington is bringing $2 million in support from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for cancer biology research.

Assistant professor of biology Piya Ghose arrived at UTA in January, bringing with her a growing research portfolio focused on programmed cell death, a process where cells die in an orderly fashion in the body. But if those cells don’t die when they are supposed to die, tumors can form.

The CPRIT funding is meant to support young researchers and first-time tenure track faculty members.“To be recognized among a cohort of numerous strong, young scientists is an honor, and it is motivating to look at the CPRIT scholars that have come before me,” Ghose said via release. “This award has opened up my world and is allowing me to pursue big, ambitious questions from the jump. It, along with the supportive and connected nature of UTA, really allows me to hit the ground running.”

Ghose has been impressed with the diversity of the student body and staff at UTA. “It is invigorating for people of all backgrounds and cultures to come together through a love of science, and it definitely enhances our work,” she said.

“CPRIT’s investment in bringing Dr. Ghose to UTA is a recognition of not only the critical role she will undoubtedly play in the Texas cancer research community, but also of our University as one that cultivates excellence and empowers young faculty to make an impact,” UTA College of Science Dean Morteza Khaledi said via release. “I am thrilled to have Piya on our faculty and look forward to the numerous ways she will enrich all facets of scholarship in our college and at UTA.”

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