"Annie" Kai I. Cheang, Pharm.D., BCPS conducts research in women’s health, focusing on insulin resistance, obesity, and their cardiovascular sequelae. Dr. Cheang works closely with Endocrinology and Internal Medicine physician-scientists within the VCU Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Research and Treatment Program (http://www.vcu.edu/pcos/research.html). Dr. Cheang is specifically interested in the role of sex hormones in mediating insulin resistance and cardiovascular inflammatory markers in both lean and obese women. In addition, she is interested in how obesity modulates insulin resistance through alternative insulin signaling pathways. Dr. Cheang's work has been supported by an NIH K23 award, and subsequently by American Heart Association
Research Opportunities for Pharm.D. and Graduate Students
Dr. Cheang is also highly active in promoting research and scholarship among pharmacy students by mentoring graduate students’ and Pharm.D. students’ research projects. Previous advisees have received the Best Student Poster Award at the Pharmacy Research Day or secured external awards for their research experience. Several advisees have entered positions in academia, or the FDA.