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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

(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.

(2012) Invited Seminar. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

(2012) Organizer and Speaker. International Conference and Exhibition on Emerging Cell Therapies.

(2010) NIH RO1 Grant. National Institute of Health.

(2009) ARP Assistantship Award. College of Agriculture.

(2008) Cellular and molecular regulation of muscle fiber type differentiation. PRF research grant.

(2013) Featured Faculty Presentation. China Heart Congress.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Song, B., Liu, X., Rice, S., Kuang, S., Elzey, B., Konieczny, S., . . . Liu, X. (2013). Plk1 phosphorylation of Orc2 and Hbo1 contributes to gemcitabine resistance in pancreatic cancer. Mol Cancer Ther, 12(1), 58-68.

Zhu, H., Scheffler, J., Grant, A., Gerrard, D., & Kuang, S. (2013). Porcine satellite cells are restricted to a phenotype resembling their muscle origin. J Anim Sci, 91(10), 4684-91.

Ogura, Y., Mishra, V., Hindi, S., Kuang, S., & Kumar, A. (2013). Proinflammatory cytokine TWEAK suppresses satellite cell self-renewal through inversely modulating Notch and NF-kappa B signaling pathways. J Biol Chem, 288(49), 35159-69.

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