PhD, BVetMed, CertESME
Shaoyu graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed, Honours) and holds a PhD in biomedicine. He joined CSU as a lecturer and subject coordinator in the School of Community Health in 2014. In his professional career, Shaoyu was employed for his teaching and research capacities by several universities including the School of Veterinary Medicine, Shanxi Agricultural University, China, School of Biological Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia and Emory University School of Medicine, USA. Prior to joining CSU, he worked at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University (WSU) (2008-2013). He lectured several subjects in basic biomedical sciences and taught problem based learning (PBL). In his research career, he has carried out research projects funded by ARC discovery and linkage grants, USA HHMI and seed grant from WSU.
Currently at CSU, Shaoyu focuses his research on successful aging, the anatomical basis of physiotherapy and roles of physiotherapy on aging. He is also involved in research on health in rural population. These research activities have resulted in peer-reviewed, quality publications. He collaborates within CSU and externally, including overseas as evidenced by his publications. He is a qualified supervisor for PhD, Masters and Honours students with active research programs. In addition to research, he teaches systemic, regional and functional anatomy. Shaoyu is also involved in research management and is an active member of several research and professional groups.
Positions & Roles at CSU:
The main area of Shaoyu's teaching is within biomedical sciences. He was trained for (medical) education by attending a medical education workshop presented by Professor Ronald Harden from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE, 2012). He is a lecturer and subject coordinator for three anatomy subjects (see below). Previously he taught anatomy, histology, physiology, biodiversity and problem based learning at other universities. He contributed to developing PBL assessment criteria which are used in the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University.
BMS171 - Introduction to Functional Human Anatomy
BMS271 - Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck, Pectoral Girdle and Upper Limb
BMS172 - Functional Anatomy of the Vertebral Column, Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb
In 2016, Shaoyu was the Presenter for the Anatomy Refresher Workshop which was attended by 18 local physiotherapists and other health professionals.
Key innovation in his teaching is the use of problem based learning (PBL) philosophy in teaching anatomy, underpinned by cognitive loading theory.
Awards & Recognition
Shaoyu contributed to the completion of projects on neural development, gene expressions and drug discovery funded by ARC-Discovery and linkage grants, HHMI USA and seed grant from Western Sydney University. To enhance his teaching quality, he conducts research on effective learning and teaching for medical and health students.
He currently leads research on successful aging and health in rural populations, the anatomical basis of physiotherapy and roles of physiotherapy on aging and health. He has used mammalian cell lines, baker's yeast (S. cerevisiae) and fruit flies (D. melanogaster) as research models for lab works. He collaborates with CSU and external academics, researchers and clinical partners including those from overseas. These research endurance's have resulted in quality publications. Part of his current research is funded by a CSU internal grant. He is an active member of the Heath Service Research Group at CSU and of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG). Shaoyu is supervising PhD, Masters and Honours students.
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