Thong Luong

Graduate Student Researcher

2.35 University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Education

BS, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Tennessee Knoxville, 2011

Research Summary

Helicases are crucial for repair, replication, and recombination of DNA as DNA must be unwound to begin any of these processes; I’m interested in elucidating the role of S. cerevisiae Hrq1 helicase as it will give us more insight into the important family of RecQ helicases.

Thong Luong

Helicases are crucial for repair, replication, and recombination of DNA as DNA must be unwound to begin any of these processes; I’m interested in elucidating the role of S. cerevisiae Hrq1 helicase as it will give us more insight into the important family of RecQ helicases.

Egnatchik RA, Brittain EL, Shah AT, Fares WH, Ford HJ, Monahan K, Kang CJ, Kocurek EG, Zhu S, Luong T, Nguyen TT, Hysinger E, Austin ED, Skala MC, Young JD, Roberts LJ 2nd, Hemnes AR, West J, Fessel JP. Dysfunctional BMPR2 signaling drives an abnormal endothelial requirement for glutamine in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Pulm Circ. 2017 Feb 1;7(1):186-199. doi: 10.1086/690236. eCollection 2017 Mar. PubMed PMID: 28680578; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5448547.

Hardeman KN, Peng C, Paudel BB, Meyer CT, Luong T, Tyson DR, Young JD, Quaranta V, Fessel JP. Dependence On Glycolysis Sensitizes BRAF-mutated Melanomas For Increased Response To Targeted BRAF Inhibition. Sci Rep. 2017 Feb 16;7:42604. doi: 10.1038/srep42604. PubMed PMID: 28205616; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5311997.

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Program Achievements

Molecular Pharmacology Graduate Program Ranked #2 in National Research Council Rankings

Outcomes: 

Time to dissertation Defense
, last five graduating classes:  4.6 years, Completion Rate: 86.49%

First Author Publications (All students, past 5 year mean):  2.03;   Total Publications: 5.10

F-series Grants (F30/F31) (All Students, past 5 year mean):  12/34 (35%) 


Ranked #9 in National of Institute of Health funding of departments of Pharmacology

Ranked in the top 15 in funding for twenty-four consecutive years