COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chih-Hsing Chou, PhD, has been awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship from The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) funded through its annual Pelotonia Fellowship Program.
To date, the Pelotonia Research Fellowship Program has provided more than $13 million to support more than 430 undergraduate, medical student and graduate scholarships to support research projects undertaken by Ohio State students working in the labs of cancer faculty mentors. This program offers a variety of experiences, from an 8-week lab experience to multi-year research fellowships and participation in an international exchange program to conduct cancer research in laboratories in India and Brazil.
Chou completed his doctoral degree at National Taiwan University in 2015. He will conduct laboratory studies to understand the role of glycogenes in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) development and progression. By better understanding the mechanisms this process, Chou hopes to uncover new cellular mechanisms that allow leukemia stem cells to survive and spread. Understanding of these unique vulnerabilities in AML molecular development could help scientists develop new strategies to treat or prevent the disease.
Chou will conduct his research under the mentorship of H.L. (Lee) Grimes, PhD, a professor and scientist with the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics and Director, Cancer Pathology Program, Division of Experimental Hematology & Division of Pathology. Grimes is also co-leader, Program in Hematologic Malignancies of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute.