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Shiao Wang

Shiao Wang



I obtained my Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1986. Before coming to USM in 1989, I conducted postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. My graduate students and I did research in the area of microbial source tracking up until about 2013. Since then, we've done work on microbial interactions in carbon substrate utilization and on what gut microbiota might tell us about animal biology. I moved to our Gulf Park campus in 2016 where my primary responsibility is teaching.

  • Physiology (PHD) - Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (1986)
  • MS - University of Southern Mississippi (1981)
  • BS - William Carey University (1977)

BSC 360 Cell Biology
BSC 450 Comparative Animal Physiology
BSC 451 Human Physiology
BSC 461/L Histology
BSC 488/L Food Microbiology
BSC 497 Senior Practicum
BSC 750 Molecular Ecology
CHE 420L Biochemistry Lab

  • Distinguishing Anuran species by high‐resolution melting analysis of the COI barcode (COI‐HRM), Ecology and Evolution, 2019, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5808
  • Rapid differentiation of bacterial communities using high resolution melting analysis, Journal of Microbiological Methods , 2017, 10.1016/j.mimet.2017.07.006
  • Complex carbohydrates reduce the frequency of antagonistic interactions among bacteria degrading cellulose and xylan, FEMS Microbiology Letters, 2017, 10.1093/femsle/fnx019
  • Changes in gut microbiota of migratory passerines during stopover after crossing an ecological barrier, AUK, 2017, 10.1642/AUK-16-120.1
  • Synergistic growth in bacteria depends on substrate complexity, Journal of Microbiology, 2016, 10.1007/s12275-016-5461-9
  • Characterization of the gut microbiota of migratory passerines during stopover along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Journal of Avian Biology, 2016, 10.1111/jav.00954

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Gulf Coast Science Building (SB) 3D 309A

Gulf Park



Areas of Expertise

Molecular detection of pathogens, microbial source tracking, gut microbiota