Biomedical Sciences

Dr Shaoyu (Shaun) Wang

PhD, BVetMed, CertESME

Lecturer in Anatomy & Physiology
Building 1014 Room 115

Shaoyu graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed, Honours) and holds a PhD in biomedicine. He joined CSU as a lecturer and subject coordinator in the School of Community Health in 2014. In his professional career, Shaoyu was employed for his teaching and research capacities by several universities including the School of Veterinary Medicine, Shanxi Agricultural University, China, School of Biological Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia and Emory University School of Medicine, USA.  Prior to joining CSU, he worked at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University (WSU) (2008-2013). He lectured several subjects in basic biomedical sciences and taught problem based learning (PBL). In his research career, he has carried out research projects funded by ARC discovery and linkage grants, USA HHMI and seed grant from WSU.

Currently at CSU, Shaoyu focuses his research on successful aging, the anatomical basis of physiotherapy and roles of physiotherapy on aging. He is also involved in research on health in rural population. These research activities have resulted in peer-reviewed, quality publications. He collaborates within CSU and externally, including overseas as evidenced by his publications. He is a qualified supervisor for PhD, Masters and Honours students with active research programs. In addition to research, he teaches systemic, regional and functional anatomy. Shaoyu is also involved in research management and is an active member of several research and professional groups.

Positions & Roles at CSU:

  • Lecturer in anatomy and physiology (since 2014)
  • Subject convenor/coordinator for BMS172 Functional anatomy of lower body (2014-Present) coordinating Orange, Albury and Port Macquarie campuses
  • Subject coordinator for BMS171 Introduction to human functional anatomy and BMS271 Functional anatomy of upper body (2014-Present)
  • Standing member of School Research Committee (2016-Present)
  • Leader of the Aging and Health Research Group
  • Qualified supervisor for Postdocs, PhD, Masters and Honours students


The main area of Shaoyu's teaching is within biomedical sciences. He was trained for (medical) education by attending a medical education workshop presented by Professor Ronald Harden from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE, 2012). He is a lecturer and subject coordinator for three anatomy subjects (see below). Previously he taught anatomy, histology, physiology, biodiversity and problem based learning at other universities. He contributed to developing PBL assessment criteria which are used in the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University.

Subjects Delivered

BMS171 - Introduction to Functional Human Anatomy

BMS271 - Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck, Pectoral Girdle and Upper Limb

BMS172 - Functional Anatomy of the Vertebral Column, Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb

In 2016, Shaoyu was the Presenter for the Anatomy Refresher Workshop which was attended by 18 local physiotherapists and other health professionals.

Key innovation in his teaching is the use of problem based learning (PBL) philosophy in teaching anatomy, underpinned by cognitive loading theory.

Awards & Recognition

  • Outstanding Student Feedback in Student Subject Experience Survey (2016 2nd session): awarded by CSU for the team teaching BMS172-Functional Anatomy of the Vertebral Column, Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb.
  • Dean's award for excellence in teaching and student support: awarded by School of Medicine, Western Sydney University (2011).
  • Numerous recognition's/appreciations of quality teaching by his students.

Research and Publications

Dr Shaoyu Wang studies the progression of aging processes to the age-related disease, aiming for early detection and prevention of age-related diseases (e. g. Alzheimer’s disease). His group employs the cell lines, baker's yeast (S. cerevisiae) and fruit flies (D. melanogaster) as research models for lab work and human subjects for clinical studies. He collaborates within CSU and external academics, researchers and clinical partners including those from overseas. He and his group contribute to the completion of projects on neural development, gene expressions and drug discovery funded by ARC-Discovery and linkage grants, HHMI USA and seed grants from the University where he worked. This research endurance has resulted in quality publications. He contributes to the professional communities by being an active member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), Ageing Well Research Group and the Heath Service Research Group. Shaoyu has successfully supervised PhD, Masters and Honours students to completion. All his Honours students have achieved first class (H1). Additionally, he is also interested in anatomical basis of physiotherapy and educational research on curriculum design and students learning underpinned by cognitive loading theory.

List of Publications (selected)

Book Chapters

  • Wright, E.P., Lyons, V., Wang, S., Higgins, V.J. (2011) Chapter 13: Investigating the biological significance of metallointercalators with cDNA microarrays. In J. Aldrich-Wright (ed.), Metallointercalators - Synthesis and Techniques to Probe Their Interactions with Biomolecules, Springer-Verlag/Wien, New York, pp. 325-359.

Peer-Reviewed Journal and Full Conference Papers (selected)

  • Zheng, J., Xu, Y., Khan, A., Sun, P., Sun, Y., Fan, K., Yin, W., Wang, S. Li, H. & Sun, N. (2021) Curcumol inhibits encephalomyocarditis virus by promoting IFN-ß secretion. BMC Veterinary Research. 17, 1, pp. 1-9.
  • Schupfer, E., Pak, S., Wang, S., Micalos, P., Jeffries, T., Ooi, S. L., Golombick, T., Harris, G. & El-Omar, E. (2021) The effects and benefits of arabinoxylans on human gut microbiota: A narrative review. Food Bioscience. 43, pp. 1-8, 101267.
  • Thorburn, E., Pope, R. & Wang, S. (2021) Musculoskeletal symptoms among adult smartphone and tablet device users: a retrospective study. Archives of Physiotherapy. 11, 1, pp. 1-13
  • Zheng, J., Xu, Y., Khan, A., Wang, S., Li, H., & Sun, N. (2020). In vitro screening of traditional Chinese medicines compounds derived with anti-encephalomyocarditis virus activities. Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering, 25(2), 181-189.
  • Yi, Y.Y., Wan, S.G., Wang, S., Khan,A., Guo, J., Zheng, X., Li, H. and Na Sun, N. (2020) Scutellarin protects mouse ovarian granulosa cells from injury induced by the toxin zearalenone. Food & Function 12(3):1252-1261. doi: 10.1039/d0fo02711a. (IF = 4.171)
  • Zhang, SJ, Hu, TT, Chen, YY, Wang, S, Kang, YF (2020) Analysis of the polysaccharide fractions isolated from pea (Pisum sativum L.) at different levels of purification. J Food Biochem. 00:e13248.
  • YanYan Yi; ShuangXiu Wan; YaXin Hou; Jia Cheng; JianHua Guo; Shaoyu Wang; Ajab Khan; Na Sun; Hongquan Li (2020) Chlorogenic acid rescues zearalenone induced injury to mouse ovarian granulosa cells. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 194, 110401. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2020.110401.
  • Wang, S. and Zhang, S. (2019) Leveraging budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae for discovering aging modulation substances for functional food. Functional Foods in Health and Disease 9(5): 297-311.
  • Sumankuuro J, Crockett J, Wang S (2018) Perceived barriers to maternal and newborn health services delivery: a qualitative study of health workers and community members in low and middle-income settings. BMJ Open 8:e021223
  • Wang, S. (2018). What can yeast tell us about aging modulation by bioactive substances in functional food. 25th International Conference of FFC - 13th International Symposium of ASFFBC "Encounters of Functional Foods and Asian Traditional Medicines. Osaka, Japan
  • Sumankuuro, J. Crockett. J. & Wang. S. (2018) Sociocultural barriers to maternity services delivery: a qualitative meta-synthesis of the literature. Public Health. 2018 157:77-85. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2018.01.014. ePub 2018 Mar 20.
  • Wang, J and Wang S. (2017) Aging Research in Australia. Presented in “Stem Cells, Aging, Rejuvenate” conference organized by CSH-Asia, Suzhou, December 2017.
  • Sumankuuro, J. Crockett. J. & Wang. S. (2017). Maternal health care initiatives: Causes of morbidities and mortalities in two rural districts of Upper West Region, Ghana. PLOS ONE 12(8): e0183644. (IF=2.6)
  • Sun N, Sun P, Lv H, Sun Y, Guo J, Wang Z, Luo T, Wang S and Li H (2016). Matrine displayed antiviral activity in porcine alveolar macrophages co-infected by porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and porcine circovirus type 2. Scientific Reports 6:24401. doi: 10.1038/srep24401 (IF = 5.2)
  • Sumankuuro, J., Crockett, J. & Wang, S. (2016). Factors influencing knowledge and practice of birth preparedness and complication readiness in Sub-Saharan Africa: a narrative review of cross-sectional studies. International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health, 3(12), 3297-3307.
  • Joshua Sumankuuro, Judith Crockett & Shaoyu Wang (2016). Antenatal care on the Agenda of the Post-Millennium Development Goals in northern Ghana. International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies. 18 (2): 341–352. (SJIF=3.9)
  • Langendyk, V., Mason, G., & Wang, S. (2016). How do medical educators design a curriculum that facilitates student learning about professionalism? Int J Med Educ, 7, 32-43. doi: 10.5116/ijme.5683.c2e0
  • Rosenkranz, S. K., Wang, S. and Hu, W. (2015). Motivating medical students to do research: a mixed methods study using Self-Determination Theory. BMC Medical Education 15(1):95 (13 pages) doi:10.1186/s12909-015-0379-1. (IF=1.57)
  • Sun, N., Wang, Z., Wu, C., Li, E., He, J., Wang, S., Hu, Y., Lei, H. and Li, H. (2014). Antiviral activity and underlying molecular mechanisms of Matrine against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus in vitro. Research in Veterinary Science. 96(2):323 - 327. (5 years IF=1.45)
  • Sun, N., Li, E., Wang, Z., Zhao, J., Wang, S., He, J., Bai, Y. and Li, H. (2014). Sodium tanshinone IIA sulfonate inhibits porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus via suppressing N gene expression and blocking virus-induced apoptosis. Antiviral Therapy. 9 (1): 89-95. (IF=3.02)
  • Wang, S., Wu, M.J., Higgins, V.J. and Aldrich-Wright, J.R. (2012) Comparative analyses of cytotoxicity and molecular mechanisms between platinum metallointercalators and cisplatin. Metallomics. 4(9): 950-959; DOI: 10.1039/C2MT20102J. (IF = 4.1). This paper is collected as a curated paper by SGD (Saccharomyces Genome Database)
  • Wang, S., Higgins, V.J., Aldrich-Wright, J.R., Ming J.W. (2012) Identification of the molecular mechanisms underlying the cytotoxic action of a potent platinum metallointercalator. J. Chem. Biol. 5(2):51-61.DOI 10.1007/s12154-011-0070-x.
  • Kemp, S., Wheate, N.J., Wang, S., Collins, J. G., Ralph, S. F., Day A. I., Higgins, V. J., Aldrich-Wright, J. R. (2007). Encapsulation of platinum (II)-based DNA intercalators within cucurbit[6,7,8]urils. J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. 12(7): 969-79. (IF=2.89)
  • Wheate,N.J., Taleb, R.I., Krause-Heuer, A. M., Cook, R.L., Wang, S., Higgins, V.J., Aldrich-Wright, J.R. (2007) Novel platinum(II)-based anticancer complexes and molecular hosts as their drug delivery vehicles. Dalton Trans. 43: 5055-64. (IF=4.02)
  • Wang, S., Surmon, L., Langendyk, V., Hegazi, I., Succar, T., Mason, G., Hu, W. (2013). Application of Cytoscape to the Analysis of Diagrams of Mechanisms Underlying Patient Problems. In M. Gosper, H. Carter, J. Hedberg (Eds.) Electric Dreams. Proceedings ASCILITE Sydney 2013. pp 893-97.
  • Mason, G., Langendyk, V. & Wang, S. (2013). The introduction of an online portfolio system in a medical school: what can activity theory tell us? In M. Gosper, J. Hedberg, H. Carter (Eds.) Electric Dreams. Proceedings ASCILITE Sydney 2013. pp 557-61.
  • Mason, G., Langendyk, V. & Wang, S. (2014). 'The game is in the tutorial': an evaluation of the use of an e-portfolio for personal and professional development in a medical school. accepted as full paper by ascilite 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand - Critical perspectives on educational technology.
  • Emily S., Thomas, J., Soo Liang Ooi, S.L., #Wang, S., Micalos, P.S., & Pak, S. (2022) Uncovering the changes in human gut microbiome composition in response to rice bran arabinoxylan compound as a dietary supplement. (# Principal supervisor). Submitted to Food and Function

See Dr Wang's latest publication at CRO

Published Abstracts and Conference Presentations (selected)

  • Fardell Hartley, A-M., Crockett, J., & Wang, S. (2021) The use of social media to communicate suicidality by young rural people and its application for community responders and community clinicians. 41st Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Congress 18/11/21 ? 20/11/21
  • Fardell Hartley, A-M., Crockett, J., & Wang, S. (2021) Social media as a tool to communicate rural youth suicidality. Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium 2021: Advancing mental health care for rural and remote communities. 03/11/21 ? 08/11/21
  • Wang, S., Antonova, K., Lin, Y. & Zheng, X. (2021). The precursor hypothesis: Precursor state as a target for preventing progression of aging processes into disease. The 9th Aging Research & Drug Discovery Meeting: ARDD 2021 31/08/21 ? 03/09/21, Copenhagen , Denmark
  • Shaoyu Wang; Kateryna Antonova (2019) Pre-disease processes associated with aging as a target for intervening aging progression into disease Presented at The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen2019); on the 7 December, London UK.
  • Fardell Hartley, A-M., Crockett, J. & Wang, S. (2021) Social media platforms as a tool to communicate suicidality for rural youth. Western NSW Health Research Network 2021 Research Symposia: WHRN 2021 26/10/21 ? 07/12/21 p. 11.
  • Wang, J and Wang S. (2017) Aging Research in Australia. Presented in “Stem Cells, Aging, Rejuvenate” conference organized by CSH-Asia, Suzhou, December 2017.
  • Wang, S., Surmon, L., Langendyk, V., Hegazi, I., Succar, T., Mason, G., Hu, W. (2015). Identification of Students' Knowledge Insufficiency in a Problem Based Learning Activity Implemented in a Medical School. WHRN 2015 Symposium, Orange NSW Australia.
  • Wang, S., Surmon, L., Langendyk, V., Hegazi, I., Succar, T., Mason, G., Hu, W. (2013). Application of cytoscape to the analysis of diagrams of mechanisms underlying patient problems. Oral, ASCILITE December 2013, Sydney.
  • Langendyk. L, Mason, G. and Wang, S. (2013). Student resistance to new technology. ePoster at AMEE, Prague. Czech Republic.
  • Wang, S., Aldrich-Wright, J., Higgins, V. J. (2009). Microarray analysis of a novel platinum drug suggests a potential for an effective treatment against cisplatin resistant tumours. AMATA2009, POS-44, Sydney, NSW Australia.
  • Wang, S., Wright, E.P., Aldrich-Wright, J.R., Higgins, V.J. (2008) A novel platinum anticancer drug modulates distinct transcriptional and cellular responses compared to cisplatin in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Combio2008, Poster, Canberra, Australia.
  • Wang, S., Cook, R.L., Aldrich-Wright, J.R., Higgins, V.J. (2007) Structure-cytotoxicity relationships of novel platinum anticancer drugs in cancer cells and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Yeast 24:S155.
  • Kemp, S., Wheate, N., Wang, S., Higgins, V.J., Aldrich-Wright, J. (2005) Structure-activity relationships of platinum(II) intercalators. Pacifichem2005, Poster, December, Hawaii. USA.
  • Wang, S., Merritt, D.J., Whitington, P.M. (1997) Architecture and sensory axon pathfinding within the CNS of the Drosophila embryo. Poster, Meeting of neurobiology 97 at Cold Spring Harbour Laboratories (CSHL), Long island, NY, USA.
  • Wang, S., Merritt, D.J., Whitington, P.M. (1995) Sensory axon pathfinding within the CNS of the Drosophila embryo. Immunology and Cell Biology 73: A11
  • Wang, S., Zheng, X.M., Crockett, J.C., Micalos, P. & Hazell, L. (2022) Studying and detecting the early progression of aging processes to age-related neurodegenerative diseases with a multidisciplinary approach. RHRI Retreat July 2022, Orange, NSW Australia.

See Dr Wang's latest publication at CRO

Community & Professional Engagement

  • Editor and Coordinator of HSR Newsletter for Health Service Research Group led by CSU with over 40 members (current).
  • Member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) (current)
  • Member of Translational Research Hub, School of Community Health, CSU (Current)
  • Member of a PhD examination committee at CSU (July 2017).
  • Reviewer for a PhD probation defence seminar (June 2016)
  • Member of Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) (Past); Member of Australian   New   Zealand   Association   of   Health   Professional   Educators (ANZAHPE)(Past); Member of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (Past)
  • Member of Interviewers team: interviewing applicants for the MBBS program at School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney (2009, 2011 and 2012 cohorts)
  • Warden: Building 30, School of Medicine, Campbelltown campus UWS (Past)
  • Referee: for a number of his past students (ongoing).
  • Reviewer for scientific journals: Cell Communication and Adhesion; Antiviral Therapy; Education Journal; Natural Product Communication; Pharmaceutical Biology; Immunological Research (ongoing)
  • Assessor for HRD symposiums of FoS at CSU (2016)
  • Presentations/Workshops: Presenter of Anatomy Refresher Workshop for local physiotherapist and other health professionals (18 attendees) (2016).

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