Dr. Hui Yuan, Visiting Scholar from Northeast Agricultural University

May 1, 2019

Dr. Hui Yuan, a visiting scholar from Northeast Agricultural University (NEAU) in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, People's Republic of China arrived at Iowa State University on October 24, 2018. Dr. Yuan is being hosted by the Global Programs Department in the College of Agriculture and Life and being mentored by Dr. Susan Lamont, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Animal Science, in the Department of Animal Science.

During his time at Iowa State, Dr. Yuan has been working with Dr. Lamont to conduct a research project that is a great example of collaboration between institutions, with different phases of work being done in each location. Many biological traits were measured in special lines of chickens that had been genetically selected for generations in China to be either fat or lean. Then, the gene expression was measured in China of many regions of the chickens’ digestive tract. At Iowa State, Dr. Yuan is conducting statistical and bioinformatic analysis of all the data to find the relationships of gene expression with biological traits. This information will lead to a greater understanding of physiological differences between fat and lean individuals and this information could help in genetic selection of more efficient chickens.

Dr. Yuan expressed how much he has enjoyed learning from Dr. Lamont and the other students on this specific research project because of their extensive knowledge and insight on the topic. Dr. Yuan also appreciates the ability to learn about other countries and cultures as he works with visiting scholars from Brazil, South Korea and Uganda, that are also working on the project.

Hui appreciates the warm welcome he has received from the faculty and staff he has had the pleasure of interacting with during his time at Iowa State. Hui said, “My favorite part of being here is learning and interacting with people that come from different backgrounds and cultures. It is interesting to see the different perspectives that people have and their way of life.” Dr. Yuan will return to his home university of NEAU on October 24, 2019 and he will assume to his position as a faculty member in animal science. Upon his return home, Hui hopes to continue conducting research on the gene expression of various tissues in chickens and continue to stay in touch with Dr. Lamont on his research and findings.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University recently established a partnership with Northeast Agricultural University (NEAU) in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, People's Republic of China. Through the partnership, Iowa State University has invited visiting scholars from Northeast Agricultural University to conduct research in an area of interest in either animal science or food science. Dr. Hui Yuan is the first selected visiting scholar through this partnership and hopes that other representatives from his home university will be granted the same privilege to visit Iowa State University in the future.