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2020 award for scholarly excellence

Jan. 24, 2020

Xuefei Huang to receive prestigious William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award at MSU

Xuefei Huang will receive a William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award when Michigan State University hosts its annual Awards Convocation on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The 2020 convocation is set for 3:30 p.m. at the University Club in Lansing. Colleagues, family, and friends are welcome to attend the event.

Huang is a professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry.

Xuefei Huang
Xuefei Huang

The All-University Awards are among the most prestigious presented to faculty members at MSU. The William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award honors a comprehensive and sustained record of scholarly excellence in research and/or creative activities, instruction and outreach. The awards are supported by the Office of University Development.

Xuefei Huang
Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry

Huang has created an internationally recognized, award-winning research program focused on the chemistry and biology of carbohydrates, and engineering carbohydrate-based constructs and glycol- conjugates for biomedical applications and glycol nanomaterials for molecular imaging and targeted drug delivery. He has developed innovative strategies to synthesize complex carbohydrates in nature and to study their biological functions. The synthetic methodology his lab has developed has been widely adapted by research groups throughout the world.

His lab is actively researching the establishment of carbohydrate-based, next-generation vaccines, focusing on cancer and infectious disease indications. The constructs from his lab could elicit the strongest antibody responses against cancer and showed promising protective effects in mouse tumor models compared to current gold standard treatments. One of his major accomplishments has been the synthesis of carbohydrates and glycol- conjugates involved in cancer metastasis, inflammation and microbial infections. He has published more than 120 articles, with an H-index of 39 and garnered more than $20 million dollars in research funding.

Huang teaches both large enrollment undergraduate classes and graduate courses. He has trained 20 PhD and four master’s students along with 21 postdoctoral associates and five visiting scholars, while also serving on approximately 30 graduate guidance committees at any given time. Students and postdocs trained in his lab have gone on to successful careers in both academia and industry.

His service in the community features a long list of accomplishments. He has been an associate editor and an editorial advisory board member of journals dedicated to carbohydrate research. He has reviewed manuscripts and grants for federal funding agencies and foundations. Huang was elected the chairperson of the American Chemical Society Carbohydrate Chemistry division as well as, in 2013, a fellow, an honor bestowed on less than one percent of ACS’s 150,000 members.

Huang has been recognized by multiple awards, including the Horace Isbell and Melville Wolfrom Awards from the American Chemical Society, Carbohydrate Chemistry division, for excellence in and promise of continued quality of contribution to research in carbohydrate chemistry. In 2020, Huang was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Story courtesy of MSUToday.