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Ying Xian Shi

September 25, 1927 - March 5, 2014
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Ying Xian Shi passed away on March 5, 2014. She was born in Wujiang County of Jiangsu Province, China. She was one of the founders, and former Director of Cell Research of Institute of Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Science, the People's Republic of China. She obtained her Bachelor of Medical Science degree in 1950 at Huaxi Medical School in Sichuan Province, and became an assistant professor at Huaxi Medical School. She was selected as one of the young women scientists to represent the People's Republic of China in the late 1950's to attend the Festival of World Young Leaders. Ying Xian, as one of the few women graduate...
Ying Xian Shi

passed away on March 5, 2014. She was born in Wujiang County of Jiangsu Province, China.
She was one of the founders, and former Director of Cell Research of Institute of Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Science, the People's Republic of China.

She obtained her Bachelor of Medical Science degree in 1950 at Huaxi Medical School in Sichuan Province, and became an assistant professor at Huaxi Medical School. She was selected as one of the young women scientists to represent the People's Republic of China in the late 1950's to attend the Festival of World Young Leaders.

Ying Xian, as one of the few women graduate students, studied biological science in Chinese Academy of Science. She obtained her Master Degree of Science from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science. She joined Dr. and Professor Di Zhou Tong, a world-famous Chinese Developmental Biologist, at Institute of Zoology as a junior scientist after her graduation. She later became an Associate and then a Senior Scientist there.

At the Institute of Zoology, she researched on transgenic animals, and assisted Dr. and Professor Di Zhou Tong to develop fusion cell technology. They then established the laboratory for genetic engineering. They cloned bovine somatotropin cDNA, bovine prolactin cDNA, and invented a cattle gender DNA probe. She published more than 30 research papers in Journal of Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Science. While doing research, she also taught at Science and Technology University, and giving lectures at many universities in China, including Chinese Science & Technology, Peking and Qing Hua Universities. She became adjunct professor at Chinese Science & Technology University.

In 1977, Ying Xian and De Yu Lu became the first scientists to visit the United States of America to promote science and technology exchange between the two countries. They were interviewed by the "Voice of America" and this interview was broadcasted around the world. Their visit to America was two years before the establishment of the relationship between the People's Republic of China and the United States. They visited and researched at Temple University, New York University, Marine Biology Institute at Woods Hole, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute.

After returning to China, Ying Xian devoted her life to promote science and technology exchange between China and America. She and others advocated for the establishment of Institute of Developmental Biology. She was involved in many negotiations to obtain funding from The Rockefeller Foundation. In June 1979, with the help from both the Chinese Academy of Science and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute of Developmental Biology; Chinese Academy of Science was established.

Ying Xian has many students and many of them now are working in America, Canada, and Europe. She received many awards from Chinese Academy of Science and Universities, among them, the Award for the Promotion of China and United States Academy Exchanges from the International Association of the Temple University. She also received the Third Medal of Scientific Progress Award from the Chinese Academy of Science.

After nearly 30 years research in Chinese Academy of Science, in 1989, she was invited by Dr. Barbara Bennett as a senior research associate working in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute, and later with her, moved to University of Texas at Austin. After the passing of Dr. Barbara Bennett, she joined the Department of Neurology, University of North Carolina and studied the biological function of Oxytocin. She then worked and researched at North Carolina State University until she retired in late 1999.

Ying Xian is survived by her husband of 61 year marriage, Professor Chao Chen Wang, three daughters, Siyan, Siping, and Siming, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.

A visitation will be held on Monday, March 10, at 10am to 12pm, at Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center.

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"My condolence to the SHI Family. May the God of all comfort sustain you during this difficult time. -Catherine (Isaiah 61:1,2)"

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