Xiaomeng Tian is awarded Ohio Cichlid Association’s 2022 Jim Smith Endowment Fund Grant
Xiaomeng Tian, young researcher at the Hector Fellow Academy, received the Jimmy Smith Fund Grant at the 2022 Extravaganza, making her one of the two winners. The primary goal of the fund is to support research, education, and conservation initiatives that center on cichlids and catfish. The fund serves as a tribute to Jim Smith's legacy and continues to provide much-needed support for important work in the field. This grant will provide Xiaomeng with $1400 to support her research by funding supplies for her experiments.
Xiaomeng Tian is currently pursuing her doctoral project at the University of Konstanz in the group of Hector Fellow Axel Meyer. She has a profound interest in genetic mechanisms that drive the diversity and capacity of adaptation of different species. Her work delves into the intraspecific polymorphisms of Perissodus microlepis, a scale-eating cichlid from Lake Tanganyika, known for its asymmetric head and lateralized foraging behavior.
Congratulation to Xiaomeng Tian!