HPU, Chaminade, and Windward Community College Collaborate on Research Study

Associate Professor of Chemistry Lei Wang, Ph.D., and fellow researchers' paper titled "Characterization of the C-terminal tail of the Arc protein" has been accepted for publication by the PLOS ONE journal. Arc protein is linked to long-term memory formation and Alzheimer's disease. The team's research fills gaps in understanding of the structural nature and functional contributions of the Arc C-terminus. 

HPU, Chaminade University, and Windward Community College (WCC) have a close research collaboration, and the results in the paper are due to this. The authors of the paper are Melissa Boldridge (HPU), Jody Shimabukuro (HPU BS Biology '15), Keith Nakamatsu (WCC), Christian Won (WCC), Chad Jansen, Ph.D. (Chaminade), Helen Turner, Ph.D., (Chaminade), and Wang. 

Shimabukuro, Nakamatsu, and Won worked on the project as undergraduate students. The project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) R15 grant, NIH IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant, and Hawaii Community Foundation grant. 

For more  information on professor Wang and his research interests, see his faculty bio at:


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