Obesity Research Cluster
Obesity Research Cluster Leadership
Dr. Shu Wang, MD, PhD
Shu Wang is an assistant professor at Nutritional Sciences program at Texas Tech University (TTU). Following medical training from Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences in China, she received her master degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Capital Medical University in China, and doctoral degree in Human Nutrition and Metabolism from Tufts University in USA. Before her appointment at TTU, she also worked in Dr. Paula Grammas’ laboratory at TTUHSC as a postdoctoral research associate.
Dr. Wang’s research focuses on nanotechnology based nutrition study. Her group has encapsulated natural polyphenols and other phytochemicals into biodegradable and biocompatible nanoparticles to increase their solubility, stability, payload, bioavailability and bioactivities, to lower their toxicity, to prolong their circulation time, and to target them to specific cells or tissues for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases, especially obesity and atherosclerosis. She also conducts research in the impact of dietary fats on inflammation and atherosclerotic lesion development, and the relationship between obesity and inflammation.
Dr. Wang has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses including Nutritional Biochemistry, Lipids in Nutrition, Carbohydrates and Proteins in Nutrition, Nutritional Pathophysiology, and Chronic Diseases and Nutrition.
She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal papers and filed 2 provisional patent applications. Her research has been funded by a variety of federal, industry, and foundation agencies, especially the competitive NIH R15 award. She has received several research honors/awards including NIH Training Grant Trainee, American Society for Nutrition Procter & Gamble Graduate Student Research Award Finalist, American Heart Association Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Young Investigator Award Finalist, Outstanding Research Award of Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences.
Currently, she serves as a peer reviewer for American Heart Association Lipids and Lipoprotein Metabolism. She also serves in the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.