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Dr. Xingang (Ian) Fang


Dr. Xingang Fang has a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from Emory University. Dr. Fang research involves Cheminformatics, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Big Data, Medical Chemistry, Database, Programming and Software Engineering.  He currently teaches Algorithm and program design, and he has taught Programming using Java and General Chemistry lab in the past.

Degrees & Institutions:

Ph.D. Medicinal , Emory University


Cavnar's main research interests focus on investigating the cellular mechanisms that regulate cell motility and adhesion, processes that are important to many physiological and pathological mechanisms including cancer invasion and metastasis, embryonic development, wound healing, and the inflammatory response. Cell motility is an ancient and dynamic process that relies on the spatiotemporal regulation of signaling mechanisms. The central goal in his lab is to understand how organisms coordinate these processes.

Current Courses:

  • Biology
  • Biology Skills
  • Molecular Biology Lab

Classes Taught:

    • Biochemistry Lab
    • Cell Biology and Lab
    • General Zoology
    • General Biology for Non-Majors Lab

Special Interests:

When not in the lab or the classroom Dr. Cavnar enjoys to run and is an avid home brewer.


    Lee, Y., Kang, E. B., Kwon, I., Cosio-Lima, L., Cavnar, P. Javan, G. 2016. Cardiac Kinetophagy Coincides with Activation of Anabolic Signaling. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 48(2):219-26.

    Yukie Yamahashi*, Peter J. Cavnar*, Laurel Hind, Erwin Berthier, David A. Bennin, David Beebe, and Anna Huttenlocher. 2015. Integrin associated proteins differentially regulate neutrophil polarity and directed migration in 2D and 3D. Biomedical Microdevices. Oct;17(5):100. doi: 10.1007/s10544-015-9998-x *both authors contributed equally to the work

    Cavnar P and Inman K. Immunoblotting validation of research antibodies generated against HS1-associated protein X-1 in the human neutrophil model cell line PLB-985. [v2; ref status: indexed,] F1000Research 2015, 4:148 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6516.2)

    Berthier, E., Guckenberger, D.J., Cavnar, P., Huttenlocher, A., Keller, N.P., Beebe, D.J. 2013. Kit-On- A-Lid-Assays for accessible self-contained cell assays. Lab Chip. 13(3):424-31. Cavnar, P.J., Mogen, K*, Berthier, E, Beebe, D.J., and Huttenlocher, A. 2012. The actin regulatory protein HS1 interacts with Arp2/3 and mediates efficient neutrophil chemotaxis. J Biol Chem. 287(30):25466-77.

Keywords: apoptosis, cell motility and adhesion, Hax1, neutrophils, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, marine biology