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April, 2014
Photo: Dr. Wenjian Qian
Dr. Wenjian Qian celebrated as one of the 2014 “International Fellows of NCI at Frederick”

Each year, the Employee Diversity Team (EDT) acknowledges members of the NCI at Frederick Community for their achievements and contributions towards the mission of facility. This year, the team decided to shed light on the diverse and successful individuals who make up the international fellows community. The EDT congratulates the winners of this year’s “International Fellows of NCI at Frederick” and the CBL recognizes its own Dr. Wenjian Qian as one of the honorees.

Wenjian Qian, Ph.D. is a 4th year Postdoctoral Fellow in the Burke Group of the Chemical Biology Laboratory. He comes from the Zhejiang Province, China, where he received his Ph.D. under the guidance of Professor Zhu-Jun Yao, also a previous Fellow in the Burke Group. With the encouragement of his advisor, Dr. Terrence Burke, Dr. Qian has participated in the annual Spring Research Festival at NCI at Frederick, the NCI at Frederick Fellows & Young Investigators Seminar Series, and he has also given an oral presentation as part of the Frederick Faculty Seminar Series. He has also been the recipient of Federal Technology Transfer Awards in 2011 and 2012, and he received a Director’s Intramural Innovation Award in 2012. Dr. Qian attributes much of his success to the inspiring mentorship of Dr. Burke and feels he has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work in this great research environment. His scientific interests include the synthesis of peptides and peptide mimetics, exploring their structure-activity relationships and modes of action on target proteins and, in particular, understanding their effects on biological processes. He is also interested in applying these agents toward anticancer drug discovery. In collaboration with biologist Dr. Kyung Lee, NCI, and structural biologist Dr. Michael Yaffe, MIT, Dr. Qian has developed single-digit, nanomolar affinity polo-like kinase 1 polo-box domain binding peptides as candidates for anticancer therapies. His long-term career goal is to be a tenure track principal investigator in China.

Outside of the lab, Wenjian Qian enjoys swimming, reading and spending time with his family. His wife, Wenjing, gives him great support in everything everywhere and in his own words, Dr. Qian says “I can’t imagine life without her”. He is a father to daughter Yingxi and is awaiting the arrival of their second child due in September.

The CBL congratulates Dr. Wenjian Qian as an outstanding member of the International Fellows community at the NCI at Frederick. More information on the International Fellows of NCI at Frederick can be found in the April 2014 issue of the Poster and details of their achievements and unique personalities are also on display in Building 549.

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