Professor Jun Liang in the department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering has received a multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) due to his proposed research in bacterial radiation resistance entitled, “Intracellular Radiation as a Novel Approach for Infection Treatment”.

 “In this R21 project, we propose a novel intracellular radiation approach to activate a secondary and local radiation inside of bacteria to damage chromosomal DNAs selectively and specifically. The underlying hypothesis of this project is that this intracellular radiation can overcome the radiation resistance in bacteria, and the intracellular radiation by itself or in combination with antibiotics may become an effective means to kill antibiotic resistance bacteria.” – Professor Liang.

Professor Liang hopes his research achieves the “proof-of-concept” via well designed in vitro studies, and the success of this project may provide a new approach for the improvement of bacterial infections and various infection related diseases.

Congratulations to Professor Liang for receiving this grant!