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The Incredible Potential of the Nanoparticle
Lily Yang, PhD
Just before cancer researcher Lily Yang received her medical degree from West China University in 1983, she saw a patient hospitalized with pancreatic cancer. Surgery wasn’t helpful and the patient was in severe pain, which Yang tried to combat with pain meds. After a few long nights, the patient died. "That's when I realized I wanted to be a researcher," Yang says, on an early spring day in her office at Winship Cancer Institute, which overlooks the CHOA heliport. "I wanted to fight cancer on a different level, not watch people suffer like that."
After earning a PhD in molecular and cell biology and biochemistry at Brown University and post doctoral training at University of South California, Yang came to Emory, where she is a professor of surgery and radiology and the Nancy Panoz Chair of Surgery in cancer research. As one of the most well funded researchers in the department, her goal is to apply nanotechnology to fight disease in the emerging field of nanomedicine.
Nanomedicine's secret weapon is its size, since it uses particles as small as antibodies or viruses to create molecular imaging probes and drug-carriers for in vivo delivery. Imaging with nanoparticles may help expose cancer before health has deteriorated, says Yang, and help guide surgeons in their efforts to detect, treat, and remove tumors.