Zhi Sheng and Sarah Young awarded summer research fellowship

Zhi Sheng, Ph.D.

Zhi Sheng, Ph.D.

Zhi Sheng, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Sarah Young, a first-year medical student in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, have received the 2013 American Brain Tumor Association’s Medical Student Summer Fellowship. The grant comes with $3,000 for medical students to spend a summer conducting brain tumor research in a mentorship setting to provide introductory learning experiences.

Sheng’s research focuses on glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans with a median survival rate with standard treatment of only 15 months. Young’s research this summer will focus on trying to find multiple kinases that are essential for the survival of glioma stem cells capable of developing resistance to therapeutics that target the bulk tumor, but that are not essential for the survival of normal neural stem cells.