Wei-Qun Ding, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
Research Interests and summer project
Docosahexaenoic acid is an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid known to have anticancer activity. However, previous efforts have been largely focused on the preventive use of this fatty acid as anticancer agent. Recent reports indicate that there is a great potential for DHA to be used as a cancer therapeutic agent, especially when combined with chemo or radiotherapy. This summer project is designed to investigate whether DHA enhances cancer cell sensitivity to currently used chemotherapeutics. We will screen 101 currently FDA-approved oncology drugs for their cytotoxicity on cancer cells in the presence or absence of DHA in a cancer cell model system using well-established cell viability assay.