Dr. Shang received his Bachelor's degree of Bioinformatics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, where he studied two years in the School of Electric Engineering and Computer Science and two years in the School of Life Science. During his PhD, he worked in a molecular biology lab at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he combined structure biology, bioinformatics, and molecular biology techniques to study various polarity features in cells. He continued his research within the same lab, mainly focusing on the synaptic dynamics and their relationship to human psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. These studies explained how some single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in a patient could effect a protein’s proper function, thus further impacting the corresponding signaling pathway related to the disease oncology. His work has extreme potential for better understanding biological questions when bundling various techniques together.
In collaboration with the Center for Innovation in Brain Science, Dr. Shang will focus on the study of Alzheimer’s disease through various computational biology analyses. His research interests include personalized medicine, various omics, big data, and brain science.