Dr Shaoyu Wang received a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Honours) from Shanxi Agricultural University and holds a PhD in Biomedicine awarded by Western Sydney University. He conducted biomedical discovery research at University of Newcastle, Emory University and Western Sydney University. Since joining Charles Sturt University as a lecturer in 2014, Shaoyu has established research programs on the biology of aging, progression of aging processes to neurodegenerative disease and rural health promotion. With expertise in anatomy, he coordinates and teaches anatomy subjects to physiotherapy and dentistry courses with consistently positive student responses. He actively contributes to the professional communities of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), and has successfully supervised PhD and Honours students to completion.
Shaoyu is trained for (medical) education by Professor Ronald Harden from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (2012). With considerable expertise in human and animal anatomy using models and cadaveric specimens, he teaches and coordinates four anatomy subjects covering human anatomy from head to toes. He is also competent in teaching histology, physiology, and biology of aging. He conducted an anatomy workshop to 18 local physiotherapists and other health professionals in 2016.
The innovative teaching is underpinned by problem-based learning (PBL) philosophy and cognitive loading theory.
He received, 1) Outstanding Student Feedback (2016) from CSU for his team teaching; 2) Dean's award for excellence in teaching and student support from School of Medicine, WSU (2011); 3) Numerous recognition and appreciations of quality teaching from his students.
Dr Shaoyu Wang currently studies the progression of aging processes to the age-related diseases, aiming for early detection and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. His group employs the cell lines, baker's yeast, and Drosophila fruit flies as research models for lab work and translates lab findings to humans in clinical studies. This work is guided by the precursor hypothesis developed by him. Dr Wang also conducts research on rural health promotion including early detection of youth suicidal problem.
Shaoyu collaborates with researchers and clinicians within CSU, nationally and overseas. He has research experience in studying neural connection of tectum, asymmetrical division of neuroblasts, sensory axonal path finding, sperm maturation, human gut microbiota and transcriptomic response to anticancer drugs funded by ARC discovery, linkage and HHMI grants. He has successfully supervised PhD and Honours students to completion. All his Honours students achieved first class (H1).