Yuying Xie named MSU Academy for Global Engagement Fellow

Published January 27, 2017

Yuying Xie

Yuying Xie, assistant professor in the Departments of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering and Statistics and Probability was among 10 faculty members recently named 2017 fellows of the Michigan State University Academy for Global Engagement (AGE).

Launched in 2014, AGE is designed to empower early- and mid-career faculty at MSU to become the next generation of groundbreaking researchers who will dedicate their life’s work to doing extraordinary things at the global level.

“Fellows are trained to leverage connections, resources, knowledge and skills obtained throughout their fellowship to advance their own global research,” said Mary Anne Walker, AGE co-director. “They are also positioned to serve as future mentors, helping to preserve MSU’s legacy as a dynamic and collaborative academic institution of higher learning.”

Xie’s research focuses mainly on the area of statistical machine learning and consists of two themes: the development of new statistical procedure for high dimensional network models using complex and noisy datasets, and the inference of association or causal relations among genes, external phenotypes and intermediate phenotypes, such as gene expression levels and biomarker concentrations.

Xie said that the fellowship will significantly enhance his research efforts.

“AGE not only provides an excellent platform for me to explore new collaborative opportunities with institutes globally,” Xie said, “but also provides a series of well-designed training events to help me find new opportunities and resources outside of my field.”

Throughout the year, AGE fellows will participate in monthly seminars about building networks with funding agencies, refining their research agenda and navigating MSU’s grant system. The fellows will also have the opportunity to learn from seasoned MSU research faculty through mentoring.

“On behalf of CMSE, I congratulate Dr. Yuying Xie,” said Andrew Christlieb, CMSE chair and MSU Foundation Professor of mathematics in the College of Natural Science. “This fellowship will provide critical connections that will enable him to validate and extend his work on genetics to practical applications in cancer immunotherapy and interaction between microbiome and cancer development. This is not only important for Dr. Xie and his career, but it is also critical for CMSE as it helps establish collaborations that will bring high profile visitors to MSU to engage our community in this important area. We look forward to the exciting work that will come out of his work under the AGE fellowship.” 

To date, the academy has trained 29 fellows who have secured more than $6 million in research funding from dozens of new sources. Over the past three years, the fellows have authored 124 joint research publications with international partners as well.

For full story and complete list of MSU AGE Fellows, see http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2017/msu-academy-for-global-engagement-names-2017-fellows/.