Hui Zhang loves Las Vegas.
The weather, the entertainment, the diversity — he sees potential in the city, and he loves that, too.
“People would be happy here,” he said in his office at UNLV.
Hui is a new face at UNLV. The biochemistry researcher and professor joined the staff in August after reorganization of the Nevada Cancer Institute, where he spent the past five years.
Hui’s pedigree includes research done during his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and as a Yale Medical School researcher and instructor.
As he readjusts to an educational environment, he’s already praising UNLV’s potential.
“They want to do something,” he said of his new colleagues. “They want to discover something.”
The goal, he said, is for UNLV to become a biomedical research institute. That’s where his work fits in.
Hui studies how cells divide, which has implications in cancer research. The cause is close to his heart. His father, a chain smoker, died of lung cancer.
Hui’s work is done at the molecular level and examines protein interactions.
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