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Yuan Chang

International Science and Engineering Fair – 1977

About Yuan Chang

Yuan Chang is a virologist, pathologist and professor whose research focuses on discovering pathogens that cause diseases, particularly cancer. The Chang-Moore Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, which Chang runs jointly with her husband, has identified two of the seven known human tumor viruses, Kaposi’s sarcoma herpesvirus and Merkel cell polyomavirus. For her work, Chang has received awards including the Meyenburg Foundation Award for Cancer Research and the Robert Koch Prize. Chang competed in ISEF in 1977.

New Research in Tumor Virology

Chang studies how normal cells become cancerous. She hopes her discoveries can translate into “improved clinical outcomes for all patients with cancers.”

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Notable Alumni - Yuan Chang
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In The News: Allegations of Cancer

This 1996 Science News article highlights Chang’s work on cancer-causing viruses.

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Chang uses innovative DNA sampling techniques to find the pathogens that cause diseases.

Notable Alumni - Yuan Chang
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