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Dugoni faculty member will fight oral cancer with $700K NIH award

Xiaoyuan Han, an assistant professor in the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at University of the Pacific, has received a prestigious National Institutes of Health grant for $702,000 to study oral cancer using artificial intelligence tools.

Han, who teaches in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, was awarded a Support for Research Excellence-First Independent Research Award for four years.

“Dr. Han’s work could help identify patients needing early care and increase our ability to provide personalized medical care to treat these patients,” said David Ojcius, assistant dean for research and co-chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

The award will provide opportunities for predental and predoctoral dental students to participate in research and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to improve oral pathology diagnosis, Han said.


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