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Cuiying Xiao, M.D., Ph.D.

Scientific Focus Areas: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics

Professional Experience

  • Staff Scientist, NIH,  2011-present
  • Contractor, Animal Biologist, NIH, 2011
  • Research Fellow, NIH, 2009-2010
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH, 2004-2008
  • Associate Professor, West China Center of Medical Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 2003
  • Lecturer, Associate Professor, West China University of Medical Sciences, 1995-2001
  • Visiting Scholar, Radbound University Nijmegen (Dutch: Radbound Universiteit Nijmegan, formerly Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen), 1994-1995
  • Ph.D., Sichuan University, 2003
  • Visiting Ph.D. Student, Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Rehovot, Israel, 2001-2002
  • Master of Medicine, West China Center of Medical Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 1989
  • M.D., Luzhou Medical College, Luzhou, Sichuan, China, 1983

Research Goal

The goal of our research is to make advances in the treatment of diabetes and obesity.

Current Research

I conduct research to elucidate the mechanisms underlying energy homeostasis.

Applying our Research

With a higher prevalence of diabetes and obesity worldwide, treatment for these morbidities is imperative. Knowledge obtained from mouse experimentation in our research will generate hypotheses. These hypotheses will be followed upon in a clinical setting, and will ultimately advance the treatment of diabetes and obesity.

Need for Further Study

The regulation of energy homeostasis is not fully understood, and measures to treat diabetes and obesity are limited. Knowledge from mouse models would be helpful to further explore these areas.

Select Publications

BRS3 in both MC4R- and SIM1-expressing neurons regulates energy homeostasis in mice.
Xiao C, Liu N, Province H, Piñol RA, Gavrilova O, Reitman ML.
Mol Metab (2020 Jun) 36:100969. Abstract/Full Text
Mouse Thermoregulation: Introducing the Concept of the Thermoneutral Point.
Škop V, Guo J, Liu N, Xiao C, Hall KD, Gavrilova O, Reitman ML.
Cell Rep (2020 Apr 14) 31:107501. Abstract/Full Text
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Research in Plain Language

My research involves using mouse models to understand metabolic rate regulation, body temperature regulation, and drug treatments for obesity.