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COLLEGE STATION, TX - Dr. Qinglei Li,
assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences, received the prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior
Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities
The only awardee from Texas A&M University, Li intends to
use the award to advance his research program and leverage the
findings for obtaining additional extramural funding.
"Dr. Li is an outstanding member of our faculty," said Dr.
Eleanor Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. "His
research program is a significant addition to our key signature
program in reproductive biology. We are so proud that his hard work
has been recognized with this award, giving him the opportunity to
continue his discoveries in this important area of research."
Li, a faculty member at the CVM for the past two years, has
developed studies to better understand how a certain protein,
called transforming growth factor beta, regulates female
reproductive function. Ultimately, he hopes his work will lead to
the development of treatments for reproductive disorders in female
animals, and, potentially, women as well.
"I am very proud of Dr. Li as one of our newest young faculty
members," said Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, Associate Dean for
Undergraduate Education, Professor and Head of the Department of
Veterinary Integrative Biosciences. "In addition to being an
excellent reproductive biologist who has already garnered highly
competitive funding and published important research, Dr. Li is
also an excellent teacher and invaluable collaborator. The
ORAU award is well-deserved recognition of Dr. Li's independent
achievements as a young investigator, as well as his promise for
The award provides seed money for junior faculty's research
projects that will eventually result in new funding opportunities.
The money can be used towards summer salary, graduate student
salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the
faculty member's research.
"This national level ORAU award not only recognizes Dr. Li's
current research," said Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary, Associate Dean for
Research and Graduate Studies, "it also highlights the potential
for his research to earn additional funding in the future, as well
as the important implications his discoveries will make to the
female reproductive health of humans and animals."
As one of its signature programs, reproductive biology research
at the CVM has more than 20 associated faculty members whose work
is internationally renowned.
"It is wonderful to work with these outstanding faculty members
and students in such a supportive environment," Li said. "I am very
pleased that our research is recognized by this competitive
As a consortium of major Ph.D.-granting academic institutions,
ORAU's mission is to cultivate collaborative partnerships that
enhance scientific research and education.
For more information about the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our
website at vetmed.tamu.edu or join us on Facebook.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
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