Diana Chong


Diana Chong
Undergraduate Institution: Oberlin College
Email: dcchong@email.unc.edu
Department: Genetics & Molecular Biology
PI: Victoria Bautch
Research Summary: Angiogenesis, the method by which new blood vessels sprout from pre-existing vessels, is a complex and dynamic process. Current methods to study angiogenesis in a tumor environment have significantly gained speed in the past decade; however, there are still few technologies which give us the ability to image vessel/tumor interactions in vivo. Using multi-photon microscopy, we have been able to visualize angiogenesis in vivo. I am currently utilizing an ear wounding model and a tumor spheroid model to induce angiogenesis in a stabilized ear vessel plexus to learn about the mechanisms that control angiogenesis in adults.