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 
Email: qian.wang@tamu.edu


Education and Training

  • 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

Honors and Awards 

2019 TAMU College of Dentistry Teacher of the Year

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 also studied intensively on the growth, development, and pathology of rhesus macaques using the Cayo Santiago skeletal collection, and his ongoing work is expected to reveal familial and specific environmental effects on health and pathology, especially age-related diseases such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in rhesus monkeys. In 2018, Dr. Wang initiated the Global Record of History of Health Asia Module, and is currently this leader of this international collaborative project to systematically document a series of selected health and disease parameters of human skeletal remains in Asia during the past 10,000 years ranging from pre-agriculture to modernization. These projects provide an unprecedented look of history of health in human and non-human primates to gauge the quality of life and adaptability in challenging living conditions; it will expand existing databases for global and local health agency authorities on policy making for contemporary human populations with different economic-social status. His recent research recognized for the first time the negative impacts of long-term low testosterone on oral health; its applications have been widely reported in the media and have started to be adopted by dentists for better management of oral health for male patients. 

Research Grants 

  1. NSF-BCS Collaborative Research: RIDIR: A Skeletal Study to Determine Environmental and Familial Effects on Health and Life Expectancy. $ 410,213. 2019-2023. PI: Wang.
  2. Japan - JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP19H0573. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) funded by Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Japan Society of the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Amount of Award: 169,260,000 Japanese Yen ($1.59 Million). 2019-2024. PI: Noriko Seguchi. Co-PI: Yuriko Igarashi, Taro Yamamoto, Fuzuki Mizuno, Takafumi Katsumura, Keiko Ishii, and Masahiro Matsunaga. International Collaborators: Qian Wang, Chris Bae, and Jieun Kim.
  3. TAMU T3 Initiative (Triads for Transformation): The Global History of Health Project - Oral health in Eastern Asia during the past 10,000 years. $32,000. 2018-2020. PI: Wang, Co-PI: Sheela Athreya and Lori Wright.
  4. NSF Collaborative Research: Integrative analysis of hominid feeding biomechanics - Morphology and biomechanics of craniofacial sutures. $ 137,122. 2007-2013. PI: Wang.

Recent Publications

  1. Zhang Q*, Zhang Q, Han T, Zhu H, Wang Q*. An Iron Age Skull with a Bone Neoplasm from Nilka County, Xinjiang, China. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. In Press. (* co-corresponding authors).
  2. Zhang Q, Li X, Wang Q, Yeh H-Y, Zhu H, Qin Y, Zhang Q. Osteological Evidence of Violence during the Formation of the Chinese Northern Nomadic Cultural Belt in the Bronze Age. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. In Press.
  3. Zhang Q, Zhang Q, Yang S, Dechow PC, Zhu H, Yeh H-Y*, Wang Q*. 2019. Divided Zygoma in Holocene Human Populations from Northern China. American Journal of Human Biology. 31(6): e23314. (*co-corresponding authors).
  4. Zhang Q, Liu P, Yeh H-Y, Man X, Wang L, Zhu H, Wang Q*, Zhang Q*. 2019. Intentional cranial modification from Houtaomuga Site, Jilin, China - Earliest Evidence and Longest in situ Practice during the Neolithic Age. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 169: 747-756. (* co-corresponding authors).
  5. Ackerman S, Aguilera FC, Buie JM, Glickman GN, Umorin M, Wang Q, Jalali P. 2019. Accuracy of 3-dimensional-printed Endodontic Surgical Guide: A Human Cadaver Study. Journal of Endodontics 45:615-618.
  6. Wang Q, Zhang Q, Han T, Sun Z, Dechow PC, Zhu H, Zhang Q. Masticatory properties in pre-modern Holocene Populations from Northern China. HOMO Journal of Comparative Human Biology. 70(1): 15-30.
  7. Li H, Luo W, Feng A, Tang ML, Kensler TB, Maldonado E, Gonzalez OA, Kessler MK, Dechow PC, Ebersole JL, Wang Q. The Odontogenic Abscess in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) from Cayo Santiago. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 167: 441-457.
  8. Wang Q, Sun L, Ebbestad JOR. 2018. The dates of the discovery of the first Peking Man fossil teeth. Asian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific. 57:267-280.
  9. Zhang Q, Wang Q, Kong B, Wang C, Yang D, Zhu H, Zhang Q. 2018. A Scientific Analysis of Cranial Trepanation from the Early Iron Age on the Ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 10:1317-1327.
  10. Ribot F, García M, Wang Q. 2018. The affinities of ‘Homo antecessor’ – a review of craniofacial features and their taxonomic validity. Anthropological Review. 81(3):225-251.
  11. Ribot F, García M, Wang Q. 2018. A Comparative study of the craniofacial features defining ‘Homo antecessor’. Acta Anthropologica Sinica. 37(3):352-370.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Dechow PC, Wang Q. 2017. Evolution of the Jugal/Zygomatic Bones. Anatomical Record. 300:12-15.
  15. 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. 
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Wang Q, Dechow PC. 2016. Divided zygomatic bone in primates with implications of skull morphology and biomechanics. Anatomical Record. 299:1801-1829.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 sedibawas limited in its ability to eat hard foods. Nat. Commun. 7:10596.

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Media Coverage 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160330124527.htm

https://dentistryinsider.tamhsc.edu/2019-teachers-of-the-year/

https://www.foxnews.com/science/12000-years-ago-a-boy-had-his-skull-squashed-into-a-cone-shape-its-the-oldest-evidence-of-such-head-shaping

https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-48912147

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-chinese-graves-reveal-evidence-early-skull-reshaping-180972570/

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/east-asians-may-have-been-reshaping-their-skulls-12000-years-ago?tgt=nr