Dr. Qian Wang

Associate Professor
College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX 75246

Phone: 214-370-7229


Education and Training; Career History

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Sciences

College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX (2003-2006)

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Anatomical Sciences
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (1999- 2002)

Recipient of French Government grant for training in paleoanthropology and human biology.  Institute de Paléontologie Humaine, Paris (1997-1998)

Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology.  Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (1995-1998)

M.Sc. in Paleontology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China (1992-1995)
B. Sc. in Paleontology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China (1988-1992)

Career History

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry; January 2015 - present

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Division of Basic Medical Sciences, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA.  July 2013 - December 2014

Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Division of Basic Medical Sciences, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA.  January 2007 - June 2013

Assistant to the Curator (part time), Fossil Dome, School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002

Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Scieences, Beijing, China, 1998-1999

Research Interests

Dr. Wang's earlier work focused on the comparative morphology of craniofacial skeletons of Mid Pleistocene hominin fossils.  During his postdoctoral training, he was involved in a number of  studies examining the internal structure of craniofacial bone and suture morphology and how it is related to skeletal growth, function and adaptation.  His recent research focuses on the functional morphology and biomechanics of the craniofacial skeleton.  He has incorporated a range of methods, including geometric morphometrics (e.g., 3D Euclidean Distance Matrix Analysis and Generalized Procrustes Analysis/GPA), experimental approaches (e.g., in vitro strain measurements and ultrasonic techniques), computer-aided modeling and biomechanical analysis ( e.g., Finite Element Analysis), as well as phenotypic analyses.  He has worked intensively on the various primate skeletal collections and has developed protocols for data collection and analyses of  museum skeletal collections.  In addition, he is a member of a multi-institutional research team made up of anatomists and anthropologists who have specialized in various aspects of functional morphology in order to systematically reassess the reconstruction and biomechanical interpretation of the face of early human types, based on current morphological and phylogenetic evidence and advances in biomechanical methods.

Grant Funding:  National Science Foundation Collaborative  Research: Integrative analysis of hominid feed biomechanics 2007-2013 (PI)

Recent Publications

Wang Q, Turnquist JE, Kessler MJ.  2016.  Free-ranging Cayo Santiago rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta): III. Dental eruption patterns and dentition.  American Journal of Primatology; 78:127-142. 

Kessler MJ, Wang Q, Cerroni AM, Grynpas MD,  Velez ODG, Rawlins RG,  Ethun KF, Wimsatt JH, Kensler TB, Pritzker KPH.  2016.  Long-term effects of castration on the skeleton of male rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta).  American Journal of Primatology; 78:152-166.   

Strait DS, Constantino P, Lucas PW, Richmond BG, Spencer MA, Dechow PC, Ross CF,  Grosse IR, Wright BW, Wood BA, Weber GW, Wang Q, Byron C, Slice DE, Chalk J, Smith AL, Smith LC, Wood S, Berthaume M. 2013. Viewpoints: diet and dietary adaptations in early hominins: The hard food perspective. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 151:339–355.

Wang Q, Wood S, Gross I, Ross C, Zapata U, Byron C, Wright B, Strait D.  2012.  The role of the sutures in biomechanical dynamic simulation of a macaque cranial finite element model: Implications for the evolution of craniofacial form.  Anatomical Record, 295:278-288.

Wang Q. Dental maturity and the ontogeny of sex-based differences in the dentofacial complex of rhesus macaques from Cayo Santiago. 2012. In: Wang Q, editor. Bones, Genetics, and Behavior of Rhesus Macaques: Macaca mulatta of Cayo Santiago and Beyond. New York: Springer. p 177-194.

Shibazaki R, Wang Q, Dechow  PC, Maki K, Opperman LA. 2012. Changes in biomechanical strain and morphology of rat calvarial sutures and bone after Tgf-β3 inhibition of Posterior Interfrontal Suture fusion. Anatomical Record. 295:928-938.

Wang Q, Smith AL, Strait DS, Wright BW, Richmond BG, Grosse IR, Byron CD, Zapata U. 2010. The global impact of sutures assessed in a finite element model of a macaque cranium. Anatomical Record. 293:1477-1491.

Dechow PC, Wang Q, Peterson J. 2010. Edentulation alters material properties of cortical bone in the human craniofacial skeleton: functional implications for craniofacial structure in primate evolution. Anatomical Record. 293:618-629.

Wang Q, Wright BW, Smith A, Chalk J, Byron CD. 2010. Mechanical impact of incisor loading on the primate midfacial skeleton and its relevance to human evolution. Anatomical Record. 293:607-617.

Wang Q, Ashley DW, Dechow PC. 2010. Regional, ontogenetic, and sex-related variations in elastic properties of cortical bone in baboon mandibles. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 141:526-549.

Wang Q, Dechow PC, Wright BW, Ross CF, Strait DS, Richmond BG, Spencer MA, Byron CD. 2008. Surface strain on bone and sutures in a monkey facial skeleton: an in vitro approach and its relevance to Finite Element Analysis. In: Vinyard CJ, Ravosa MJ, Wall CE, editors. Primate Craniofacial Function and Biology. New York: Springer, pp.149-172.

Strait DS, Weber GW, Neubauer S, Chalk J, Richmond BG,  Lucas PW,  Spencer MA, Schrein C, Dechow PC, Ross CF,  Grosse IR, Wright BW, Constantino P,  Wood BA, Lawn B, Hylander WL, Wang Q, Byron CD, Slice DE, Smith AL. 2009. The Feeding biomechanics and dietary ecology of Australopithecus africanusProc Natl Acad Sci USA. 106:2124-2129.