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Min Du Laboratory Nutrigenomics and Growth Biology

About Dr. Min Du

 

EDUCATION

2001– 2003:   NSERC Postdoctoral fellow, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada.

1998 – 2001:  Ph.D. with Distinction, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

1995 – 1998:  D.Sc. student in Biochemistry, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, China.

1990 – 1993:  Master degree, College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering, China Agricultural University, China.

1986 – 1990:  Bachelor degree with honor, Zhejiang University, China.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016 – Present:  Affiliated Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

2013 – Present:  Affiliated Professor, School of Food Science, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

2011 – Present:  Professor and Endowed (Funded) Chair in Nutrigenomics and Growth Biology, Department of Animal Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

2009 – 2011:     Leader of the Developmental Biology Group, Department of Animal Science, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.

2003 – 2011:     Assistant and Associate Professor, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.

2001 – 2003:     Post-doctoral fellow in Biochemistry and Cell Signaling, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta,  Canada.

1998 – 2001:     Research assistant, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University.

1995 – 1998:     Head of the Molecular Muscle Biology Laboratory, the College of Food Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.

1993 – 1998:     Faculty member in the College of Food Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.

AWARDS, HONORS AND OTHER EXPERIENCES

  • Faculty Excellence in Research Award, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, WSU, 2018.
  • The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Award in Animal Growth and Development, 2017.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Physiological Genomics Group, American Physiological Society, 2017.
  • Standing Member, NIH-NIDDK, (Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases B, DDK-B) Study Section (2016-2020).
  • Fulbright Specialist, Institute of International Education (IIE), the U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC. 2016-2021.
  • Ad hoc Member, NIH-NIAMS, Special Emphasis Grant Review Panel (ZRG1), 2009-2017.
  • “Shaanxi Bairen Jihua” Scholar, Shaanxi Province, China, July 4, 2015.
  • Invited Speaker, the Celebration of Science Week, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, May 9 -11, 2012.
  • Prairie Excellence Award (草原英才), Inner Mongolia Agricultural University and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Hohhot, China, 2010.
  • Early Career Achievement Award, American Society of Animal Science, 2010.
  • Outstanding Advisor Award, College of Agriculture, University of Wyoming, 2008.
  • Young Scientist Award, Western Section American Society of Animal Science, 2008.
  • Research Award, Center for Cardiovascular Research and Alternative Medicine, University of Wyoming, 2007.
  • Research Career Enhancement Award, American Physiological Society, 2006.
  • Postdoctoral fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2001.
  • Research Excellence Award, Graduate College, Iowa State University, 2001.
  • Thomas Sutherland Graduate Award for Excellence, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, 2001.
  • Wilma D. Brewer Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, 2001.
  • Verba S. And Verner H. Nielsen Scholarship Fund, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, 2001.
  • Member of national honor society of agriculture, USA: GAMMA SIGMA DELTA.
  • David R. Griffith Research Excellence Award, Nutritional Sciences Council, Iowa State University, 2000.
  • Ned S. & Esther Raun Graduate Scholarship, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, 2000.
  • Ensminger Scholarship, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, 1999.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  1. Du, M., Keynote Speaker. Nutritional, Genomic and Processing Approaches to Improve Pork Quality, The 2nd International New Applied Technology of Swine Nutrition Conference, Nanjing, China, Sept. 15 to 16, 2018.
  2. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Vitamin A and adipose tissue and muscle development of beef cattle. Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China, Sept. 15, 2018.
  3. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Impact of early nutrition on animal production efficiency and meat quality. The 55th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Animal Science, Brazil, Aug. 27 to 30, 2018.
  4. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Early nutrition on skeletal muscle and adipose development. The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Section of American Society of Animal Science, Omaha, NE, March 12 to 14, 2018.
  5. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Retinoic acid in mediating fetal angiogenesis and adipose development. Seminar series of the Center for Reproductive Biology at WSU, Feb. 14, 2018.
  6. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Obesity, AMPK and Skeletal Muscle Growth/Regeneration. Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Jan. 19, 2018.
  7. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Epigenetic regulation of intramuscular fat development. College of Animal Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China, Dec. 23, 2017.
  8. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Nutrigenomics: a tool for realizing genetic potential of animals. The 5th International Symposium of Beef Cattle Production, Lavras, Brazil, Nov. 9 to 11, 2017.
  9. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Fetal programming of animal development and health. Escola de Altos Estudos – One Health, One World, University of Federal de Vicosa, Brazil, Nov. 1 to 9, 2017.
  10. Du, M., Invited Speaker. AMPK, key metabolites and epigenetic modifications in brown/beige adipogenesis. School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Sept. 29, 2017.
  11. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Vitamin A supplementation to enhance adipogenesis during early adipose development. Henan Agricultural University, Xinxian, China, June 26, 2017.
  12. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Early vitamin A supplementation to improve animal production efficiency. Institute of Animal Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Beijing, China, June 21, 2017.
  13. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Epigenetic regulation of early adipogenesis and its impact on animal production. College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, June 22, 2017.
  14. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Recent research progress in epigenetic regulation of adipogenesis in beef cattle. College of Animal Science and technology, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taiguo, China, June 15, 2017.
  15. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Raspberry intake reduces skeletal muscle lipid accumulation and improves insulin sensitivity in mice fed high fat diet. In session: Obesity, adipose tissues and muscle metabolism. The Experimental Biology (EB) Conference in Chicago, April 22rd, 2017.
  16. Du, M., Invited Speaker. AMPK, key metabolites and beige adipogenesis. In Symposium: Adipose tissue development and function: A multispecies Perspective. The Experimental Biology (EB) Conference in Chicago, April 24rd, 2017.
  17. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Fetal programming for better living: human health and livestock production. University of Hasanddin, Indonesia, Nov. 30, 2016.
  18. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Manipulating mesenchymal stem cell differentiation to enhance animal production efficiency and quality, The Institute of Animal Science and Husbandry, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China. July 30, 2016.
  19. Du, M., Invited Speaker. AMPK, metabolites and brown adipogenesis. The Food Nutrition & Health Forum, Beijing, China, July 29, 2016.
  20. Du, M., Invited Keynote Speaker. Manipulating mesenchymal stem cell differentiation to enhance meat quality. The 14th Chinese Meat Science and Technology Conference. Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China, July 21-23, 2016.
  21. Du, M., Invited Keynote Speaker. Epigenetic programming of fetal adipose development due to maternal obesity, The 2016 Aspen/Snowmass Perinatal Biology Symposium, Viceroy Hotel, Snowmass, CO. August 27-30, 2016.
  22. Du, M., Invited Keynote Speaker. Nutrigenomics in meat production. The 62st International Congress of Meat Science & Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. Aug. 12-19, 2016.
  23. Du, M., Invited Keynote Speaker. Fetal programming – exploring the full genetic potential. The 3rd Brazilian Angus Congress, Porto Alegre, Brazil. June 29-30th, 2016.
  24. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Epigenetic regulation of brown adipogenesis. Beijing Innovative Nutrition and Food Research Center, Beijing, China. Jan. 20 to 12, 2016.
  25. Du, M. Invited Speaker. AMPK as a key regulator of skeletal muscle development and regeneration. Shanxi Agricultural University, Taiguo, China. Oct. 10 to 12, 2015.
  26. Du, M., Invited Keynote Speaker. Fetal programming in beef cattle production. More Calves and Better Calves Conference, Santa Maria, Brazil. Oct. 9, 2015.
  27. Du, M., Invited Keynote Speaker. Early nutritional management, marbling and beef quality. More Calves and Better Calves Conference, Santa Maria, Brazil. Oct. 10, 2015.
  28. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Epigenetic regulation of adipose development. The Key Laboratory of Animal Physiology and Biochemistry, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China. Oct. 12 to 16, 2015.
  29. Du, M. Invited Speaker. AMPK as a key regulator of skeletal muscle development and regeneration. The Key Laboratory of Animal Physiology and Biochemistry, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China. Oct. 12 to 16, 2015.
  30. Du, M., Invited Keynote Speaker. Fetal programming in meat production. The 61st International Congress of Meat Science & Technology, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Aug. 23-28, 2015.
  31. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Epigenetic regulation of adipogenesis. College of Animal Science and Technology, Beijing, China. Dec. 13-17, 2014.
  32. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Can ewe nutrition affect performance and meat quality of their lambs? 2014 Washington Sheep Producers’ Annual Convention, Leavenworth, WA. Oct. 24-25, 2014.
  33. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Manipulating mesenchymal progenitor differentiation to optimize carcass values of beef cattle. College of Animal Science and Technology, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu, China. June 26, 2014.
  34. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Maternal obesity and developmental programming of adipose tissue in offspring. College of Agriculture, Ningxia University, Yingchuan, China. June 24, 2014.
  35. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Mechanisms regulating myogenesis – role of AMPK. College of Agriculture, Ningxia University, Yingchuan, China, June 23, 2014.
  36. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Can cow nutrition affect performance, quality and palatability of its calf? 2014 Beef 300, Pullman, WA. May 20 to 22, 2014.
  37. Du, M., Invited Plenary Speaker. Cellular physiology of mesenchymal stem cells as progenitors of both muscle and connective tissue development. The Annual Meeting of the European Association of Animal Production, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 25 and 29, 2014.
  38. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Convergence of genetic and environmental factors on epigenome to regulate animal development. The 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production. Vancouver, BC, Canada. Aug. 17-22, 2014.
  39. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Understanding fetal programming. WSU Beef Production Conference, Yakima, WA. June 13-14, 2014
  40. Du, M., Invited Speaker. AMP-activated protein kinase, a key regulator of myogenesis. Center of Muscle Biology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. March. 12th, 2014.
  41. Du, M., Invited Speaker. AMP-activated protein kinase as a drug target to optimize muscle development. College of Health Sciences, Washington State University, Spokane, WA. Jan. 15th, 2014.
  42. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Developmental programming in beef cattle production. International Conference on Beef Cattle Improvement and Industrialization in China, Yangling, Xi’an, China. Oct. 22 to 25, 2013.
  43. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Maternal obesity and developmental programming of adipose tissue in offspring. Departmental of Animal Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Sept. 16, 2013.
  44. Du, M., Invited Speaker. AMPK and myogenesis. TM’s 2nd World Molecular & Cell Biology Online Conference. Online, February 5-8, 2013.
  45. Du, M., Invited Speaker. AMP-activated protein kinase in animal growth and performance. Pfizer Animal Health, Kalamazoo, MI, Oct. 23-25, 2012.
  46. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Feeding and managing the cow to optimize the quality, yield and palatability for her calf (fetal programming). WSU/UI Beef 300 shortcourse, May 16, 2012.
  47. Du, M., Invited Plenary Speaker. Manipulating mesenchymal progenitor cell differentiation to optimize growth performance and meat quality. American Society of Animal Scientists Annual Meeting, Pheonix, AZ. July 15 to 19, 2012.
  48. Du, M., Invited Plenary Speaker. Fetal programming in beef cattle: How to optimize performance and carcass value early on. VIII Brazilian National Symposium on Beef Cattle Production and IV International Symposium on Beef Cattle Production, Vicosa, Brazil, June 7th and 9th, 2012.
  49. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Regulating mesenchymal cell differentiation—a unique opportunity to improve lean growth and meat quality. Annual Celebration of Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, May 11, 2012.
  50. Du, M., Invited Speaker. AMP-activated protein kinase enhances myogenesis through HDAC5 pathways. TM’s Ist World Molecular and Cell Biology Online Conference, February 16-18, 2012.
  51. Du, M., Invited Speaker. AMP-activated protein kinase and myogenesis. International Conference and Exhibition on Cell Science & Stem Cell Research, Philadelphia, Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 2011.
  52. Du, M., Invited Speaker. Improving beef cattle production efficiency and beef quality through fetal programming. Washington Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention, Walla Walla, WA. Nov. 10, 2011.
  53. Du, M. Invited Speaker. AMP-activated protein kinase in skeletal muscle growth and development. Rigel Pharmaceuticals, San Francisco, CA. Aug. 25-27, 2011.
  54. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Obesity epidemic: what can a food scientist do? Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Hohhot. June 13, 2011.
  55. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Maternal obesity and fetal skeletal muscle development. INBRE videoconference seminars, Laramie, WY. Feb. 5, 2011.
  56. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Cell signaling pathways regulating adipogenesis. China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, Nov. 3, 2010.
  57. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Maternal nutrition, fetal adipogenesis and offspring body composition. International Mini-Symposium on Lipogenesis and Lipid Metabolism in livestock, Beijing, China, Nov. 4 and 5, 2010.
  58. Du, M. Invited Plenary Speaker. Title: Maternal obesity, inflammation and fetal skeletal muscle development. 2010 Gordon Research Conference on Musculoskeletal Biology and Bioengineering, Proctor Academy, Andover, NH, August 1-6, 2010.
  59. Du, M. Keynote Speaker for Section 3 “Advanced Technology for Muscle Biology”. Title: Cellular signaling pathways affecting adipogenesis and marbling of skeletal muscle. International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), Jeju, South Korea, August 16-20, 2010.
  60. Du, M. Invited Speaker for the Meat Science and Muscle Biology Section. Title: Pre-natal muscle development affects beef composition and quality. American Society of Animal Scientists Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado. July 11 to 14, 2010.
  61. Du, M. Invited Speaker for the Reproductive Biology Section. Title: Maternal nutrition and growth characteristics of farm animals. American Society of Animal Scientists Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado. July 11 to 14, 2010.
  62. Du, M. Invited Keynote Speaker, Fetal programming of skeletal muscle development. International Workshop “Prenatal and early postnatal effects on muscle properties and growth”. The Research Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals, Dummerstorf, Germany. Sept 21 to 22, 2009.
  63. Du, M. Invited Speaker for the Animal Growth and Development Section. Title: Fetal programming of skeletal muscle development in ruminant animals. American Society of Animal Scientists Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada. July 12 to 16, 2009.
  64. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Fetal programming of skeletal muscle development. Jilin University, Jilin, China. July 3, 2009.
  65. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Fetal programming of skeletal muscle development – role of AMP-activated protein kinase in adipogenesis. Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Hohhot, China. July 1, 2009.
  66. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Fetal programming of skeletal muscle development – associated mechanisms. China Agricultural University, Beijing, China. June 27, 2009.
  67. Du, M. Departmental Seminar Speaker. Title: AMP-activated protein kinase: a master controller of lean growth, fat accumulation and meat quality? Department of Animal Science, University of Wyoming, October, 2008.
  68. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Obesity, oxidative stress and fetal skeletal muscle development. Cardiovascular Medicine and Environmental Health Symposium, Laramie, Wyoming, Nov. 3, 2007.
  69. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Maternal nutrition and fetal skeletal muscle development. Aspen Perinatal Biology Symposium, The Given Institute, Aspen, Colorado, August 25 to 28, 2007.
  70. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: mTOR and AMP-activated protein kinase in skeletal muscle growth. University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Sept. 2006.
  71. Du, M., Invited speaker. Title: AMP-activated protein kinase and mTOR in skeletal muscle growth and development. University of Idaho, Moscow, March, 2006.
  72. Ford, S.P., M. Du, B.W. Hess, and P.W. Nathanielsz. Pre-gestational ewe selection alters the impacts of early maternal undernutrition on fetal growth and offspring quality. American Society of Animal Scientists Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005.
  73. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Mechanisms controlling skeletal muscle growth in livestock. China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, December, 2005.
  74. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Postmortem changes and meat quality. China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, December, 2005.
  75. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Agricultural and Meat Science Education in United States. China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, December, 2005.
  76. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: mTOR and AMP-activated protein kinase in skeletal muscle growth. School of Pharmacy, University of Wyoming, October, 2005.
  77. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: mTOR signaling in muscle growth and development. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Sept. 2005.
  78. Du, M. Departmental Seminar Speaker. Title: AMP-activated protein kinase in skeletal muscle growth and meat quality. Department of Animal Science, University of Wyoming, February, 2005.
  79. Du, M. Invited Speaker. Title: Designer eggs–enriched with n-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acids. Midwest Poultry Federation, Buffalo, MN, March, 2004.