Prof. Tza-Huei (Jeff) Wang wins Discovery Award

June 18, 2018


Tza-Huei (Jeff) Wang, professor of mechanical engineering, is part of an interdisciplinary team that will receive a 2018 Johns Hopkins Discovery Award.

Prof Wang and Thomas Pisanic, a senior research scientist in Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology, will work with faculty members from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine on a project titled “Digital Methylation Assessment for Early Noninvasive Detection of Ovarian Cancer.”

Thirty multidisciplinary endeavors have been selected to receive support this year from Johns Hopkins University’s Discovery Awards program. Each project team is made up of members from at least two JHU entities who aim to solve a complex problem and expand the horizons of knowledge.

Altogether, the winning project teams—chosen from 190 proposals—include 108 individuals representing 11 Johns Hopkins entities. Notably, the partnerships engage the University Libraries and Museums for the first time in the program’s four award cycles. They are joined this year by all 10 university divisions.

“This year’s proposals attested to the intellectual creativity and collaborative spirit of our university,” says Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University. “With these awards, faculty will have the freedom to pursue new avenues for discovery with colleagues across our community, and to take up the most pressing questions we face as a society.”

The Discovery Awards are intended to spark new interactions among investigators across the university rather than to support established projects. Teams can apply for up to $100,000 to explore a new area of collaborative work with special emphasis on preparing for an externally funded large-scale grant or cooperative agreement.

The full list of recipients and their projects is available on the Office of Research website.

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