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Our alumni inspire us with their contributions to the fight against deadly diseases.

 

Finding a treatment

At FIU, Wenjie Wang found a biomarker in glioblastoma brain cancer cell lines that could one day be used to tell if cancer treatment drugs would be effective for treating the cancer. Her fight against glioblastoma is personal. Her aunt died from glioblastoma, the deadliest brain cancer. She has received national recognition for her research.

Looking for alternate solutions

Working alongside Yuk-Ching Tse-Dihn, Shayna Sandhaus studied antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Antibiotic resistance has become a global health problem with major implications for surgery, childbirth and chemotherapy. Her research focused on finding new drugs and drug targets that could lead to new treatments for people infected that don’t respond to current antibiotics.