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Student Spotlight - Walter Wang

Marcus Harrigan 

Walter Wang
Cancer Biology, Translational Therapeutics
Columbia, MO



Research interests:

Cancer biology, Tumorigenesis, Translational Therapeutics

​Awards, honors, publications:

Arasada, RR, Shilo, K, Yamada, T, Zhang, J, Yano, S, Ghanem, R, Wang, W, Takeuchi, S, Fukuda, K, Katakami, N, Tomii, K, Ogush,i F, Nishioka, Y, Talabere, T, Misra, S, Duan, W, Fadda, P, Rahman, MA, Nana-Sinkam, P, Evans, J, Amann, J, Tchekneva, EE, Dikov, MM & Carbone, DP. Notch3-dependent β-catenin signaling mediates EGFR TKI drug persistence in EGFR mutant NSCLC. Nature Communications. 2018;9:3198. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-05626-2.

Acosta, J, Wang, W & Feldser, DM. Off and Back-On Again: A Tumor Suppressor’s Tale. Oncogene. 2018;37(23):3058-3069. doi:10.1038/s41388-018-0186-3.

Wang, DZ, Jones, AW, Wang, WZ, Wang, M & Korthuis, RJ. Soluble guanylate cyclase activation during ischemic injury in mice protects against postischemic inflammation at the mitochondrial level. American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. May 1, 2016; 310(9):G747-56

Wang, WZ, Jones, AW, Wang, M, Durante, W & Korthuis RJ. Preconditioning with soluble guanylate cyclase activation prevents postischemic inflammation and reduces nitrate tolerance in heme oxygenase-1 knockout mice. American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology. August 15, 2013; 305(4): H521-H532

•    Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Scholar
•    OSU University Fellow
•    David S. Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract awardee, 2012, American Physiological Society.

Long term goals/aspirations:

I want to be medical oncologist at an academic center where I can conduct translational research on further understanding the underlying etiology of cancer and utilizing that knowledge to develop newer and more effective therapies for patients.

​Post MSTP Training dream job:

Residency at a PSTP program where I can continue pursuing my research in cancer biology.


What you enjoy outside of school:

Cooking, reading, video games, hiking.

A talent you have always wanted:

Having an eidetic memory or perfect pitch. 

Favorite book:

     The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Favorite quote:

“One must dig deeply into opposing points of view in order to know whether your own position remains defensible. Iron sharpens iron.” – Francis Collins

Can't live without:

My wife, family and friends. Also my computer, and all the cool toys I have in the kitchen.

If you weren't in MSTP, what would you be doing now?

Studying food and the science behind the recipes a la Kenji Lopez-Alt of SeriousEats.