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.
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.
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.
1965 - 1968
1969 - 1973