Qian Wang, PhdAssociate Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue - Room SB 130B
Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: 214-370-7002
Fax: 214-874-4835 

Education and Training; Career History

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University System Baylor 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)
  • D. in Physical Anthropology.  Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (1995-1998)
  • 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, Dallas, TX. 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 Sciences, Beijing, China, 1998-1999

Teaching Interests

Gross Anatomy, Functional Head & Neck Anatomy, Evidence Based Dentistry, Neuroanatomy.  

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.  His recent research involves oral pathology in rhesus macaques and recent human populations. Along with Prof. Quanchao Zhang of Jilin University, Wang is currently initiating the Global Record of Health Project – Asia Module to systematically document health/disease status, especially oral health/pathology, of historic human skeletal remains of the past 10,000 years in Asia and to exam how human health status varies with environment, economic mode, climate change, social disturbances, and life style, etc.

Recent Publications

  1. Zhang Q, Wang Q, Kong B, Wang C, Yang D, Zhu H, Zhang Q. 2017. A Scientific Analysis of Cranial Trepanation from the Early Iron Age on the Ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. doi:10.1007/s12520-016-0461-6.
  2. Wang Q, Carlson DS, Buschang P, Dechow PC. 2017. Biomechanical properties of the masticatory system in ancient Nubian populations. In: Ribot F, editor. Tribute to Professor José Gibert. A life dedicated to science and knowledge of the first Europeans. Granada: Diputación de Granada.p141-161.
  3. Ledogar JA, Benazzi S, Smith A, Weber G, Carlson K, Dechow PC, Grosse I, Ross C, Richmond B, Wright B, Wang Q, Byron C, Carlson K, de Ruiter D, Pryor McIntosh L, Strait D. 2017. The biomechanics of bony facial “buttresses” in South African australopiths: an experimental study using finite element analysis. Anatomical Record. 300:171-195.
  4. Dechow PC, Wang Q. 2017. Evolution of the Jugal/Zygomatic Bones. Anatomical Record. 300:12-15.
  5. Wang Q, Turnquist JE, Kessler MJ.  2016.  Free-ranging Cayo Santiago rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta): Dental eruption patterns and dentition.  American Journal of Primatology; 78:127-142. 
  6. Widdig A, Kessler MJ, Bercovitch FB , Berard JD, Duggleby C, Nurnberg, Rawlins RG, Sauermann U, Wang Q, Krawczak M, Schmidtke J. 2016. Genetic studies on the Cayo Santiago macaque population: a review of 40 years of research. American Journal of Primatology. 78:44-62.
  7. Dechow PC, Wang Q. 2016. Development, structure and function of the zygomatic bones: what is new and why do we care? Anatomical Record. 299:1611-1615.
  8. Wang Q, Dechow PC. 2016. Divided zygomatic bone in primates with implications of skull morphology and biomechanics. Anatomical Record. 299:1801-1829.
  9. Gharpure P, Kontogiorgos ED, Opperman LA, Ross CF, Strait DS, Smith A, Pryor LC, Wang Q, Dechow PC. 2016. Elastic Properties of Chimpanzee Craniofacial Cortical Bone. Anatomical Record. 299: 1718-1733.
  10. McIntosh LP, Strait DS, Ledogar J, Smith AL, Ross CF, Wang Q, Opperman LA, Dechow PC. 2016. Internal Bone Architecture in the Zygoma of Human and Pan. Anatomical Record. 299: 1714-1717.
  11. Ledogar JA, Dechow PC, Wang Q, Gharpure P, Gordon AD, Baab KL, Smith AL, Weber AW, Grosse IR, Ross CF, Richmond BG, Wright BW, Byron C, Wroe S, Strait DS. 2016. Human feeding biomechanics: performance, variation, and functional constraints. PeerJ. DOI 10.7717/peerj.2242.
  12. Wang Q, Kessler MJ, Kensler TB, Dechow PC. 2016. The mandibles of castrated male rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta): The effects of orchidectomy on bone and teeth. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 159:31-51.
  13. 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.
  14. Ledogar J, Smith AL, Benazzi S, Weber GW, Spencer MA, Carlson KB, McNulty KP, Dechow PC, Grosse IR, Ross CF, Richmond BG, Wright BW, Wang Q, Byron C, Slice D, Carlson KJ, de Ruiter DJ, Berger LR, Tamvada K, Smith LP, Berthaume M, Chalk J, Strait DS. 2016. Mechanical evidence that Australopithecus sediba was limited in its ability to eat hard foods. Nat. Commun. 7:10596.