Dr. Xingen Lei, Cornell University, is the 2017 FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award recipient. Dr. Lei received the award during the Opening Session of the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show and was also recognized during the ASAS Awards Ceremony on July 9.
Dr. Lei, Professor of Molecular Nutrition at Cornell University, has an international reputation for his research on phytase and selenium nutrition. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in China, a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, and postdoctoral training at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Lei’s creative research has led to the development of a new generation of bacterial phytases that are used worldwide by the feed industry, which helps reduce phosphorus excretion of food animals, protect the environment, and preserve inorganic phosphorus resources. He is developing novel technology to convert poultry feathers and defatted microalgal biomass from biofuel production into high-value, alternative feed proteins to spare soy protein for human consumption. Dr. Lei also pioneered nutritional genomics of selenium in pigs and chicks, and discovered dual roles of selenium in oxidative stress and diabetes. He has used pigs as a human model for the application of new agricultural technologies in the global fight against micronutrient deficiencies.
Dr. Lei has authored over 400 publications, advised over 140 graduate students, postdocs, and visiting fellows, and served on panels for NIH and USDA, the NRC Committee on Mineral Toxicity, the CAST Task Force on Biotechnology and Manure Nutrients, and 9 Editorial Boards. Overall, Dr. Lei’s pioneering and creative research has demonstrated clear benefits to animal agriculture, the environment, and humankind.
The award is sponsored by FASS and the American Feed Industry Association.
Dr. Lei also is the 2017 recipient of the Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Minerals.