Keck professor earns $7M research grant

Distinguished professor Jae Jung, Ph.D. (pictured), recently received the Outstanding Investigator Award by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a prestigious honor that comes with a $7 million research grant to investigate the development and prevention of Kaposi’s sarcoma.

Jung was one of the first scientists to research the virus that causes Kaposi’s sarcoma, a disease where malignant cancer tumors form on the skin and inside lymph nodes and internal organs. To support his research, Jung will receive an annual grant of $1 million for the next seven years, totaling $7 million for the Jae Jung Lab in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.

Jung is chairman of the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and the director of the USC Institute for Emerging Pathogens and Immune Diseases at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the NCI Outstanding Investigator Award supports investigators with outstanding records of productivity in cancer research by providing extended funding stability and encouraging investigators to continue or embark on projects of unusual potential in cancer research.

For more info, read the USC HSC News article.

–By USC Stevens staff, published May 9, 2016. Photo by Keck Medicine of USC and used with permission.