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Shihuan Kuang

Animal Sciences 

  • Professor of Animal Sciences
CRTN Room 2070
270 S Russell St
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Area of Expertise: Developmental Biology

Education: Ph.D., University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Research Program


ANSC 55600 - Stem Cell Biology

News Releases

Purdue researchers discover signaling cascade that drives fatty tumors - Purdue News, August 2016

Dr. Kuang was selected as a 2015 Purdue University Faculty Scholar and 2015 Showalter Faculty Scholar

Muscular Mysteries: Insights Into Muscle Science Improve Human Health and the Meat We Eat - Purdue Agricultures Magazine, Winter 2015

Science on Tap talk to focus on the health benefits of promoting beige adipocytes - Purdue News, November 2014

Research award winner focused on future - Purdue Agriculture Connections, Summer 2014

Cell signalling pathway linked to obesity, Type 2 diabetes - Purdue News, August 2014

Animal scientist Kuang earns Purdue Agricultural Research Award - Purdue News, April 2014

Ag Research Spotlight: Shihuan Kuang - Agricultural Research at Purdue, August 2013

Low oxygen boosts stem cell survival in muscular dystrophy therapy - Purdue News, August 2012

Awards & Honors

(2013) Featured Faculty Presentation. China Heart Congress.

(2013) Invited Guest Speaker. Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.

(2013) Invited Seminar Speaker. Institute of Molecular Medicine, Peking University.

(2013) Invited Speaker. State Key Laboratory of Cardiovascular Diseases, National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, China.

(2013) Invited Speaker, Purdue-NWAFU Symposium. Northwest A&F University, China.

(2013) Speaker, Innovations in Animal Growth and Health: The Next Generation of Cell Biology. American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the American Society of Nutrition (ASN).

(2012) Invited Platform Presentation. FASEB Summer Research Conference (SRC), Italy.

(2012) Invited Seminar. Institute of Medicinal Plant Development (IMPLAD), Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS).

(2012) Invited Seminar. Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, China.

(2012) Invited Seminar. Peking Union Medical College, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.

Selected Publications

Kuang, S. (2013). A heterogeneous lineage origin underlies phenotypic and molecular differences of white and beige adipocytes. J Cell Sci, 126(16), 3527-3532.

Yu, H., Waddell, J. N., Kuang, S., & Bidwell, C. A. (2014). Park7 expression influences myotube size and myosin expression in muscle. PloS One, 9(3), e92030. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092030

Kuroda, K., Kuang, S., Makoto, T., & Rudnicki, M. (2013). Canonical Wnt signaling induces BMP-4 to specify slow myofibrogenesis of embryonic myoblasts. Skelet Muscle, 3(1), 5.

Suarez-Trujillo, A., Chen, Y., Aduwari, C., Cummings, S., Kuang, S., Buhman, K. K., . . . Casey, T. M. (2019). Maternal high-fat diet exposure during gestation, lactation, or gestation and lactation differentially affects intestinal morphology and proteome of neonatal mice. Nutrition research (New York, N.Y.), 66, 48-60. doi:10.1016/j.nutres.2019.03.014

Kuang, S. (2013). Distinct populations of adipogenic and myogenic Myf5-lineage progenitors in white adipose tissues. J Lipid Res, 54(8), 2214-24.

Shan, T., Liu, W., & Kuang, S. (2013). Fatty acid binding protein 4 expression marks a population of adipocyte progenitors in white and brown adipose tissues. FASEB J, 27(1), 277-287.

Kuang, S. (2013). miR-133 links to energy balance through Prdm16. J Cell Mol Biol, 5(6), 432-434.

Kuang, S. (2013). miR-133a regulates adipocyte browning in vivo. PLoS Genetics, 9(7), e1003626.

Chen, Y., Wang, J., Yang, S., Utturkar, S., Crodian, J. S., Cummings, S., . . . Casey, T. M. (2017). The Effect of High Fat Diet on Secreted Milk Transcriptome in Mid-lactation Mice. Physiological genomics, physiolgenomics.00080.2017. doi:10.1152/physiolgenomics.00080.2017

Kuang, S. (2013). Myostatin knockout drives browning of white adipose through activating the AMPK-PGC1a-Fndc5 pathway in muscle. FASEB J, 27(5), 1981-1989.

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