Shiao Y. Wang


Teaching Interests

BSC 360 Cell Biology

BSC 450 Comparative Animal Physiology

BSC 451 Human Physiology

BSC 461 Histology

BSC 497 Senior Practicum

Research Interests 

I'm interested in how organisms interact and adapt to their surroundings. More recently, my lab has incorporated more microbiological research. Thesis projects by my three most recent graduate students shed light on the types of research my lab is interested in. Daniel Deng studied bacterial interactions in the degradation of cellulose. Krystyn Davis studied the impact of prebiotics on the gut microbiota and healing of induced colitis in mice. Steven Everman analyzed gut microbiota in tadpoles to study their feeding ecology. I moved to the coast campus in Long Beach in the fall 2016 and now focus mostly on teaching.

Recent Publications

Stickle, W.B. and S.Y. Wang. 2017. Seasonal patterns of recruitment of juvenile blue crabs and lesser blue crabs at a coastal site in Louisiana. J. Shellfish Res. 36:215-218. doi:

Deng, Y.J. and S.Y. Wang. 2017. Complex carbohydrates reduce the frequency of antagonistic interactions among bacteria degrading cellulose and xylan. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 364, 2017, fnx019. doi: 10.1093/femsle/fnx019

Lewis, W., F.R. Moore, and S. Wang. 2017. Changes in the gut microbiota of migratory passerines during stopover after crossing an ecological barrier. The Auk. 134:137-145. doi:

Deng, Y.J. and S.Y. Wang. 2016. Synergistic growth in bacteria depends on substrate complexity. J. Microbiol. 54 (1):23-30. doi: 10.1007/s12275-016-5461-9

Lewis, W., F.R. Moore, and S. Wang. 2016. Characterization of the gut microbiota of migratory passerines during stopover along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Avian Biology. 47:1-10. doi: 10.1111/jav.00954


* Gulf Coast Campus