Snoeyenbos Prize Awarded to Xiaosu Miao

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Xiaosu Sue Miao has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Snoeyenbos Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.

Sue Miao earned her bachelor’s degree at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and her Master’s degree at the University of Macau.

Sue is currently working with Dr. Wei Cui focusing on the study of mammalian early embryogenesis, by using knockout mouse models.Thus far, Sue has discovered several key genes, including Rbbp4, Zc3h4, and Polr1d, which are involved in cell lineage specification and blastocyst formation, in collaboration with Mager Lab. In addition, Sue is investigating the effect of biophysical optimization on embryo culture in vitro during the preimplantation stage, in collaboration with Sun Lab. Furthermore, Sue has participated in the project of Berberine alleviating LPS-induced apoptosis and inflammation during mouse preimplantation development. The goal of all these projects is to elucidate the functions of various genes and factors during mammalian embryo development. So far, Sue has published 2 first-authored, 1 co-first-authored, and several co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals.

The Snoeyenbos Prize was established in 1994 in honor of Professor Glenn Snoeyenbos who was a faculty member of the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. The Snoeyenbos Prize is awarded annually to honor a current outstanding graduate student based upon the student's grade point average, research progress, presentations at meetings and faculty recommendations. The recipient is selected by a faculty vote from nominated candidates.