From Xin Tang's recent abstract
Xin Tang is currently a PH. D. candidate of Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at U of I-Urbana and Champaign. He earned a bachelor degree (with honor) from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2003, majoring in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, with advisors of Prof. Shipping He and Prof. Boqing Xu. Xin Tang earned his Master degree from Case Western Reserve University, USA, in 2006, major in both Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, with advisors of Prof. Vikas Prakash and Prof. John Lewandowski. His current research focuses on the effect of the mechanical elasticity of micro-environment on cancer metastasis, with advisors of Prof. Taher Saif (MechSE) and Prof. Mark Kuhlenschmidt (pathibiology). Xin Tang's career goal is to be a leader in the cell mechanics field and an excellent teacher to foster the new generations of scientists.
From Xin Tang's Trainee profile
Midwest Cancer Nanotechnology Traning Center (M-CNTC) Training the next generation of leaders who will define the new frontiers and applications of nanotechnology in cancer research It is known that more than 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer during 2010, and half a million have died (Cancer Statistics 2010, ACS). In spite of considerable effort, there has been limited success in reducing per capita deaths from cancer since 1950. This calls for a paradigm shift in the understanding, detection, and intervention of the evolution of cancer from a single cell to tumor scale.
In response to this challenge the M-CNTC has assembled a preeminent interdisciplinary team of researchers and educators across the University of Illinois and clinical collaborators in the Midwest to train the next generation of engineers, physical scientists, and biologists to address the challenge of understanding, managing, diagnosing, and treating cancer using the most recent advancements in nanotechnology.
Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and Bionanotechnology (CMMB-IGERT) Training the next generation of leaders who will define the new frontiers of cellular and molecular mechanics and bionanotechnology Critical experiments during the last decade show a fundamental link between the micro- and macro-mechanical environment (i.e., intracellular forces, local shear, gravitational force) and a variety of cell functionalities, their lineage, and phenotype. These findings pose the grand challenge: what is the underlying molecular mechanism that cells employ to transduce mechanical signals to biochemical pathways?
In response to this challenge the CMMB IGERT launched an interdisciplinary research effort with national and international collaborators.
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