With $2 million in support from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), UT Arlington added an emerging leader in cancer biology to its faculty and fortified its cancer research enterprise.
Piya Ghose, assistant professor of biology, came to UTA in 2020 with an established portfolio of investigations into programmed cell death, which has major implications for cancer treatment.
“To be recognized among a cohort of numerous strong, young scientists is an honor, and it is motivating to look at the CPRIT scholars who have come before me,” Dr. Ghose says. “This award has opened up my world and is allowing me to pursue big, ambitious questions from the jump. It, along with the supportive and connected nature of UTA, really allows me to hit the ground running.”
This award has opened up my world and is allowing me to pursue big, ambitious questions from the jump.
She is currently studying a special form of programmed cell death called compartmentalized cell elimination, in which different parts of a cell degenerate in different ways. She believes this could lead to a greater understanding of how tumors behave throughout the body.
“I’m excited to discover what this concept can teach us in how we approach cancer,” Ghose says. “Through the CPRIT proposal, I got the chance to think about how I identify as a scientist and how I can utilize my interests to have an impact that will benefit the world. I feel at home at UTA and in what I’m doing. The years of effort are proving to be worth it.”