Leng Han, Ph.D.
Leng Han, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Titles & Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Grant Information

Grant ID: RR150085
Grant Mechanism: 
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Recruited From: 
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Date Awarded: 
August 19, 2015
Grant Amount: 

Cancer genomics and sequencing have allowed researchers to discover new types of cellular control switches. For example, using sequencing, they have discovered a new type of RNA, called circular RNA, which seems to be prevalent in certain cancers. While circular RNAs exist in normal cells, there are cancer-specific ones that are highly expressed in some types of cancer.

A computational biologist now at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston hopes to better understand circular RNA in order to potentially use it as a cancer biomarker or therapeutic target.

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