Dr. Xingen Lei is the 2017 recipient of the Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Minerals, presented to him during the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show held July 8-12 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Lei received his B.S. and M.S. in China, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He was among the first to demonstrate nutritional and environmental values of supplemental phytase in improving feed phosphorus utilization. Dr. Lei developed a new generation of bacterial phytases that are used worldwide by the feed industry. He also pioneered nutritional genomics of selenium in pigs and chicks, and revealed dual roles of selenium in oxidative stress and diabetes. Dr. Lei discovered novel enhancers to improve iron nutrition of pigs.
Dr. Lei has authored over 400 publications, advised over 130 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, Lei’s creative research on minerals has demonstrated clear benefits to animal agriculture and the environment.
Dr. Lei also is the 2017 recipient of the FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award.
The Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Minerals recognizes excellence in research dealing with mineral nutrition of livestock.
The Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Minerals is sponsored by the Gary L. Cromwell Appreciation Club.
ASAS is a professional organization that serves more than 7,000 students, animal scientists, allied industry and producers around the world.
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Photo: Dr. Gary Cromwell presented the Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Minerals to Dr. Xingen Lei during the 2017 Annual Meeting.