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Dr. Pei-Li Yao Earns 2016 Best Postdoctoral Publication Award

Posted: March 14, 2016

This award is being given to Dr. Yao by the Society of Toxicology for outstanding work accomplished during her postdoctoral traineeship in a Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences laboratory.

Dr. Pei-Li Yao, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Peters, will receive the 2016 Best Postdoctoral Publication Award from the Society of Toxicology.

Presented by the Postdoctoral Assembly, this award recognizes outstanding work accomplished during mentored postdoctoral traineeships as judged by recently published papers that demonstrate exceptional advances in the field of toxicology and carcinogenesis.

Her publication entitled "Inhibition of testicular embryonal carcinoma cell tumorigenicity by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-β/δ- and retinoic acid receptor-dependent mechanisms" was published in Oncotarget in November 2015. The study detailed in this article has high impact because it showed how peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-β/δ (PPARβ/δ) interacts with other nuclear receptors and prevents cancer. Thus, targeting PPARβ/δ may be possible for cancer chemoprevention/chemotherapy. Moreover, these studies also support development of screening strategies for natural and synthetic compounds that can activate this molecular pathway to improve survival and save lives of cancer patients.

Dr. Yao will receive her award at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA in March 2016.