Shaoyu Wang

Dr Shaoyu (Shaun) Wang

Lead of Ageing Modulation Lab, Lecturer in in Anatomy & Physiology

Dentistry and Medical Sciences


Dr Shaoyu Wang is an accomplished researcher, educator, and leader in the fields of biomedical research, anatomy, and (bio)medical education. He holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Honours) from Shanxi Agricultural University and a PhD from Western Sydney University (WSU). He worked at domestic and international universities, including Emory University School of Medicine. While working at the Medical Education Unit of WSU, he led curriculum mapping, problem-based learning projects, and made significant contributions to the educational research program. Since joining CSU as a lecturer in 2014, Shaoyu has established research programs with a focus on biology of aging and rural health. He teaches anatomy to physiotherapy and dentistry students with innovative approaches and is consistently receiving positive feedbacks from his students. Dr. Wang is also an active contributor to various professional communities, including the Australian Association of Gerontology. He has a proven track record of successful supervision of PhD, Masters, and Honours students.

Dr Shaoyu Wang currently studies:

  1. the progression of ageing processes to the age-related diseases, aiming for early detection and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. He is also interested in brain development in the early stage of organism growth.
  3. How does diet including functional food modulates ageing.

His group employs cell lines, baker's yeast, and Drosophila fruit flies as research models for lab work and translates lab findings to humans in basic clinical science studies.

His ageing biology research work is guided by the precursor hypothesis that he developed over the years.

  • Brain Biomedical Science
  • Understand biology of ageing and develop ageing modulation strategies for better health
  • How lifestyle and socioeconomic factors relate to ageing and health.
  • Rural health
Full publications list on CRO

Recent publications

  • Zheng, X., Cawood, J., Hayre, C. M., & Wang, S. (2023). Computer assisted diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease using statistical likelihood-ratio test. PLoS One, 18(2), e0279574. [e0279574].
  • Fardell Hartley, A-M., Crockett, J., & Wang, S. (2022). Capturing young rural residents at risk of youth suicide via social media. Abstract from 55th Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
  • Zheng, X., & Wang, S. (2022). Early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in rural ageing population. Paper presented at Rural and Regional Health Research Institute Forum 2022 , Orange, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Fardell Hartley, A-M., Crockett, J., & Wang, S. (2022). Social media as a communication tool for suicidal rural youth. Paper presented at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference 2022, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
  • Wang, S., Zheng, X., Crockett, J., Micalos, P., & Hazell, L. (2022). Studying and detecting the early progression of aging processes to age-related neurodegenerative diseases with a multidisciplinary approach. Paper presented at Rural and Regional Health Research Institute Forum 2022 , Orange, New South Wales, Australia.

Shaoyu collaborates with researchers and clinicians within Charles Sturt, 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).