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Ping Tang, B.Med., Ph.D.


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Fax: (585) 273-3637

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Dr. Tang is a surgical pathologist with a subspecialty interest in breast pathology. Her current research focuses on the use of immunocytochemical analysis to identify breast tumors with a high risk for bone metastasis.


Dr. Tang's Ph.D. research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center involved tumor necrosis factor signal transduction and protein processing. From 1995-98 she served as a postdoctoral fellow, studying growth inhibition of glioma cells by antisense TGF-alpha. Since her residency at North Shore and her surgical pathology fellowship at Yale, she has focused on early breast carcinogenesis.

At Rochester, Dr. Tang was the recipient of an Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) award to fund a study of molecular markers that may predict a subgroup of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) with high risk of progression to invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC). DCIS is a heterogeneous group of lesions that accounts over 20% of breast carcinoma diagnosed annually which has a 14-53% chance of progression to IDC over a 10-year period.

She is currently working to identify a group of biomarkers that will predict a subset of breast tumors with a high risk of bone metastasis. She is using immunocytochemistry, a common and relatively inexpensive form of analysis, in the hope that her findings may be easily translated into clinical practice, allowing more aggressive treatment of tumors with greater risk of metastasis.


Faculty Appointments


  • Clinical Pathology/Laboratory Medicine - American Board of Pathology


MD | China-West China Univ Med Sci, Chengdu

PhD | Univ Texas M D Anderson Hosp
Cancer Biology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1995 - 06/30/1998
Fellowship in at University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center

07/01/1998 - 06/30/2002
Residency in Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical at North Shore University Hospital

07/01/2002 - 06/30/2003
Fellowship in Surgical Pathology at Yale University -New Haven Hospital

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Sowell-Huggins award from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston.

A two-year fellowship from Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation of Germany.

The First National Conference for outstanding young and middle age basic scientists in Beijing, PR China

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Journal Articles

Hajdu SI, Vadmal M, Tang P. "A note from history: Landmarks in history of cancer, part 7." Cancer.. 2015 Aug 1; 121(15):2480-513. Epub 2015 Apr 14.

Zhang Z, Wang J, Skinner KA, Shayne M, Hajdu SI, Hong B, Hicks DG, Tang P. "Pathological features and clinical outcomes of breast cancer according to levels of oestrogen receptor expression." Histopathology.. 2014 Oct 0; 65(4):508-16. Epub 2014 Aug 01.

Hoang LL, Tang P, Hicks DG, Chen H, Yang Q, Haas TS, Bremer RE, Tacha D. "A new rabbit monoclonal E-cadherin antibody [EP700Y] shows higher sensitivity than mouse monoclonal E-cadherin [HECD-1] antibody in breast ductal carcinomas and does not stain breast lobular carcinomas." Applied immunohistochemistry & molecular morphology : AIMM. 2014 Sep 0; 22(8):606-12.