May 13, 2005

Xie lands Lalor fellowship

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From left, Hassane Mchaourab, Ph.D., Jinhui Dong, graduate student, and Guangyong Yang, research assistant, have a paper published in Science.
by Dana Johnson

Huirong Xie, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow, has been awarded a one-year Lalor Foundation fellowship. Fellows from all over the world compete for these fellowships, which are provided by the Lalor Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports research in reproductive biology with special emphasis on fertility regulation.

“The Lalor Foundation fellowships are very competitive,” said S.K. Dey, Ph.D., Dorothy Overall Wells Professor of Pediatrics, professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, Pharmacology and director of the Division of Reproduction and Developmental Biology. “It is a nice stamp on her CV.” Dey will serve as the adviser for Xie's Lalor Foundation project.

Xie will work on the role of cannabinoid/endocannabinoid signaling in preimplantation embryo development and implantation, with particular focus on the molecular mechanism by which differential gradients of endocannabinoids are established in the reproductive tract.

This is the continuation of the work that Haibin Wang, Ph.D., research assistant professor in Pediatrics, initiated in Dey's lab as a Lalor Foundation fellow for two consecutive years. Xie, a native of Hubei Province, China, received her Ph.D. in June 2004 from the China Agricultural University in Beijing. She joined Dey's lab last October.