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Dr. Yaguang Xi, associate professor of oncologic sciences at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, is the recipient of the 2015 Mayer Mitchell Award for Excellence in Cancer Research.
The award, presented Tuesday, is given annually to a promising scientist at MCI upon the recommendation of a faculty committee. The unrestricted award of $10,000 may be used for any research purpose other than salary enhancement.
It was established in 2009 by USA Trustee Arlene Mitchell in memory of her husband, the late Mayer Mitchell, a Mobile businessman, philanthropist, longtime USA trustee and a formative figure in the establishment of MCI.
Dr. Xi, who holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, has been an associate professor of oncologic sciences in the basic and translational research department at MCI since 2014.
A surgeon trained in China, he joined MCI as a research associate in 2005 and was named assistant professor in 2008. He also holds an MBA from the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama, which he earned in 2012.
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