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Mei-Fang Cheng

Mei-Fang Cheng, Chinese, American psychobiology educator, neuroscientist. Fulbright scholar, 1959; recipient Research Scientist Development award National Institute of Mental Health, 1974-1979, 79-84, Johnson & Johnson Discovery award, 1989, Hoechst-Celanese Innovative award, 1993, award of excellence in research Rutgers Board Trustees, 1998. Member International Conference Neuroethology, Neurosci.


  • Cheng, Mei-Fang was born on November 24, 1938 in Kee Lung, Taiwan, Republic of China. Came to the United States, 1959. Daughter of Chao-Chin Hsieh and Ai Tsu.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science summa cum laude, National Taiwan University, Taipei, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, Bryn Mawr College, 1965.


    • Postdoctoral fellow University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1965-1968. Assistant research professor Institute Animal Behavior Rutgers University, Newark, 1969-1973, associate professor, 1973-1979, professor, 1979, acting director Institute Animal Behavior, 1989—1991, director, 1991-1995. Consultant National Institute of Mental Health, member neuroscience study section, 1991-1995.

      Consultant, member behavioral neurobiology branch National Science Foundation. Member National Institutes of Health Reviewers Reserve, since 1995. Consultant numerous granting agencies.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include discovery that a bird's own songs stimulate the endocrine changes. Demonstration of the vocal-auditory-endocrine pathways involved in voice mediation of endocrine change. That this behavior-endocrine allows animals to read a partner's behaviour based on endocrine state, a precursor for mirror Newton's in the higher vertebrate.

      Discovery of of new cells in the adult brain that can aid recovery when subject to optimal social stimulation.


    • Author: Advance in the Study of Behavior, 1979. Co-editor: Reproduction: A Behavorial and Neuroscientific Perspective, 1986. Associate editor Hormones and Behavior, 1986-1996.

      Consultant Brain Research, Science, others. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Member International Conference Neuroethology, Neurosci.


    • Married Wen-Kwei Cheng. Married June 7, 1963. Children: Suzanne, Po-Yuan, Julie.
    • father: Chao-Chin Hsieh
    • mother: Ai Tsu
    • spouses: Wen-Kwei Cheng
    • June 7
    • children: Suzanne Cheng
    • Po-Yuan Cheng
    • Julie Cheng
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    Born November 24, 1938
    • 1958
      National Taiwan University
    • 1965
      Bryn Mawr College
    • 1965 - 1968
      Postdoctoral fellow, University Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1969 - 1973
      assistant, research professor Institute Animal Behavior Rutgers University
      Newark, Ohio, United States