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Wistar Welcomes Assistant Professors Amelia Escolano, Ph.D., and Nan Zhang, Ph.D.

August 31, 2021

Wistar is pleased to welcome two new assistant professors starting September 1.

Dr. Amelia Escolano researches new vaccine approaches against highly mutating viruses. She will join the Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to develop my own scientific ideas and create a community of researchers around them,” said Dr. Escolano. “I look forward to establishing new collaborations and exploring new branches of my research at Wistar, and am excited to have a platform from which I will be able to support women in science.”

Dr. Nan Zhang studies the role of immune cells called macrophages in ovarian cancer metastasis to find new therapies for this disease. He will join the Immunology, Microenvironment and Metastasis Program of the Cancer Center.

“Learning how to be proficient at securing funding for my lab, hiring and managing staff are big responsibilities,” Dr. Zhang said. “But these challenges bring some of the most thrilling adventures one could ever have — making new discoveries that can potentially save people’s lives and mentoring next-generation scientists.”

The Institute’s faculty continues to expand to include new relevant expertise and strengthen our scientific efforts on the forefront of cancer, immunology and infectious disease research.