Member of the Texas A&M Graduate Faculty
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue - Room SB 130B
Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: 214-370-7002
Fax: 214-874-4835 


Graduate Program Opportunities in Wang Lab in 2022

Interested applicants please contact Ms. Meghann Holt ( for application process related matters, or Dr. Qian Wang ( for research project related matters.

Graduate Program at TAMUCOD link:

Application URL:

  • Please select program name “Fall 2022 Oral and Craniofacial Biomedical Sciences – PhD” (Dallas) for Ph.D. application.
  • Please select program name “ Fall 2022 Oral Biology – MS” (Dallas) for M.S. application.


Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX (2003-2006)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Anatomical Sciences
    University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (1999- 2002)
  • Recipient of French Government grant for training in paleoanthropology and human biology.  Institute de Paléontologie Humaine, Paris (Sept 1997- Jan 1998)
  • Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology.  Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (1995-1998)
  • M.Sc. in Paleontology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China (1992-1995)
  • B.Sc. in Paleontology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China (1988-1992)

Career History

  • Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX. Since September 2021.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX. January 2015 – August 2021
  • Associate Professor of Anatomy, Division of Basic Medical Sciences, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA.  July 2013 - December 2014
  • Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Division of Basic Medical Sciences, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA.  January 2007 - June 2013
  • Assistant to the Curator (part time), Fossil Dome, School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002
  • Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 1998-1999

Teaching Interests

Gross Anatomy, Functional Head & Neck Anatomy, Skeletal Pathology

Honors and Awards 

  1. 2019 TAMU College of Dentistry Teacher of the Year
  2. 2020 TAMU College of Dentistry Basic Science Faculty Research Award
  3. 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award (Teaching), College Level, Texas A&M Association of Former Students

Research Interests

I have been trained in the fields of paleoanthropology, biological anthropology, and bone biology. My research has been focused on adaptation, function, disease, and evolution.  My earlier work examined the comparative morphology of craniofacial skeletons in Mid-Pleistocene human fossils. During postdoctoral training at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, I was involved in a number of studies on the elastic properties of craniofacial bone as well as the biology and biomechanics of craniofacial sutures. My current research focuses on the skeletal biology of rhesus macaques and the bioarcheology of prehistoric skeletons, in addition to early Homo erectus in Europe. My research at Mercer University School of Medicine was supported by an NSF grant (2007-2013). Currently, I am funded by two large-scale NSF grants (PI on both: 2019-2023 & 2021-2025). My additional funding includes a grant from the NIH (co-I, 2020-2025) and from the Japan Society of the Promotion of Science (International Collaborator, 2019-2024). My most recent NSF grant (2021-2025) focuses on the earliest record of the plague, now a project of special importance in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am also organizing an international team to reconstruct the origin and spread of intentional cranial modification. Most importantly, I initiated and currently lead a long-term international collaborative project titled the Global Record of Health Project – Asia Module (GHHP Asia) to systematically documents the health/disease status of prehistoric and historic human skeletal remains from during the past 10,000 years in Asia and to assess how human health status varies with environment, economic mode, climate change, social disturbances, lifestyle, etc.

My research has had major impact in several areas. [1] My recent research on the skulls of castrated rhesus monkeys which died of natural causes hypothesized the relationship between low levels of testosterone and poor oral health for the first time. Compared to the jaws of intact monkeys the same age, castrated monkeys (lacking testosterone) had more severe signs of periodontal disease. Evidence of this pattern was indicated by bone loss around the teeth. These findings demonstrate that hormonal changes influence men as well as women, and that low testosterone negatively affects oral health in men. The application directly benefits human oral health care; it has been widely reported in the media, including dentistry-oriented websites. Dentists have started to apply my research to better manage the oral health of their male patients. [2] I have been working with remains of Holocene human populations since 2015. My research team published recent discovery of the earliest confirmed case of intentional cranial modification from over 12,000 years ago in northern China. The article changed current views on the origins and spread of this human cultural practice. This discovery has led to wide news coverage by international news media and science news outlets alike, including Science News, BBC Mundo, Xinhua News, Smithsonian Magazine, and Live Science. Because of the achievement of this article and “ its exemplary scientific quality”, the Editor-in-Chief for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology (the most prestigious journal in physical anthropology) decided to start an “Editor’s Choice” page on the journal website featuring this article as the inaugural paper in August 2019. I am planning further study on the impact of intentional cranial modification on oral health, mastication, and brain development. [3] I was a member of an international collaborative project for dietary biomechanics in human evolution. The objective was to reveal both adaptation and incongruity of early human forms in the masticatory system. The impact of this research lies in its implications for dental study and practice. First, the facial skeleton is very plastic and configuration of the facial skeleton is often related to special patterns of masticatory activities and behavior; secondly, the temporomandibular joint is a weak link biomechanically. Too much force recruited to an area or placement of the jaw in an abnormal position may put unduly high stress on the temporomandibular joint, resulting in temporomandibular joint compromise.   

Research Grants 

  1. NSF BCS: Paleodemographic and Ancient DNA Study of a Potential Epidemic Site. $309,983. 2021-2025. PI: Wang. Co-PI: Sharon DeWitte.
  2. NIH-NIDCR R01: miR-23-27-24 cluster coupled osteo/angiogenesis for complex craniofacial bone regeneration. $1,781,589. 2021-2026. PI: Xianghong Luan. Role of Wang: Co-Investigator.
  3. NSF RIDIR Collaborative Research: A Skeletal Study to Determine Environmental and Familial Effects on Health and Life Expectancy. $ 410,213. 2019-2023. PI: Wang.
  4. Japan - JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP19H0573. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) funded by Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Japan Society of the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Amount of Award: 169,260,000 Japanese Yen ($1.59 Million). 2019-2024. PI: Noriko Seguchi. Co-PIs: Yuriko Igarashi, Taro Yamamoto, Fuzuki Mizuno, Takafumi Katsumura, Keiko Ishii, and Masahiro Matsunaga. International Collaborators: Qian Wang, Chris Bae, and Jieun Kim.
  5. TAMU T3 Initiative (Triads for Transformation): The Global History of Health Project - Oral health in Eastern Asia during the past 10,000 years. $32,000. 2018-2020. PI: Wang; Co-PIs: Sheela Athreya and Lori Wright.
  6. NSF Collaborative Research: Integrative analysis of hominid feeding biomechanics - Morphology and biomechanics of craniofacial sutures. $ 137,122. 2007-2013. PI: Wang.

Recent Publications

  1. Zhao MQ, Maldonado M, Kesnler TB, Kohn LKP, Guatelli-Steinburg D, Wang Q. 2021. Conceptual Design and Prototyping for a Primate Health History Model. In: Arabnia HR, Deligiannidis L, Tinetti FG, Tran Q-N (Editors). Advances in Computer Vision and Computational Biology. New York: Springer. p.511-522.
  2. Zhou Y, Fu R, Zheng L, Yan F, Wang Q. 2021. Social Stratification during the Eastern Zhou Dynasty of China (771-476 BCE) - Mortuary and Stable Isotopic Analyses of the Shangshihe Cemetery. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. POL. DOI:10.1002/oa.3015
  3. Zhang Q, Hou X, Yang S, Ruan S,  Wang A, Li P, Sun X,  Zhu H,  Zhang Q, Wang Q.  Eternal Love Locked in an Embrace and Sealed with a Ring: A Xianbei Couple’s Joint Burial in North Wei Era China (386 - 534 CE). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. POL. DOI:10.1002/oa.3009
  4. Yang S, Mao R, Zhang Q, Wang Q. 2021. A Bronze Age Mandibular Anomaly from Gansu, China. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 31:475- 484. DOI:10.1002/oa.2965.
  5. Li P, Yang S, Qi Y, Zhu H, Zhang Q, Wang Q. 2021. Handprints on Bricks from the Jin-Yuan Period (1127-1368 CE) Inner Mongolia, China. 2021. Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports. 37 (2021), 102983. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.102983.
  6. Zhang W, Zhang Q, McSweeney K ,Han T, Man X, Yang S, Wang L, Zhu H, Zhang Q, Wang Q. 2021.Violence in the Early Iron Age Eurasian Steppe: Cranial Trauma in Three Turpan Basin Populations from Xinjiang, China. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 175:81-94.
  7. Sun X, Man X, Liao X, Yang J, Cao J, Zhu H, Zhang Q, Wang Q. 2021. Footbinding and Non-Footbinding Han Chinese Women in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 CE) Xifengbu Cemetery: A Skeletal and Mortuary Analysis. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 13(1), 18. DOI:10.1007/s12520-020-01241-9.
  8. Molli VLP, Jain A, Fu J, Wu Y, Feng JQ, Wang Q. 2020. Osteons and Osteocytes in Belanger’s Tree Shrews (Tupaia belangeri chinensis) – A Qualitative Image Comparative Study. Acta Anthropologica Sinica. 39 (4): 592-603.
  9. Wang Q, Zhang Q. 2020. Global History of Health Project Asia Module - A Big Dada Research on Health, Disease, and Lifestyle in Ancient Asia Populations. Acta Anthropologica Sinica. 39(4) : 727-732.
  10. Ribot F, Bartual MG, Gracia-Nos E, Enciso A, Nevgloski A, Wang Q. 2020. Another interpretation about of Homo antecessor. Journal of Anthropological Sciences. 98 (e): 1-10. DOI:10.4436/jass.98016.
  11. Ribot F, Bartual MG, Altamirano JA, Wang Q. 2020. The canine fossa and the evolution of the midface in humans. Acta Anthropologica Sinica. 39(e): 191-227.
  12. Zapata U, Wang Q. 2020. Biomechanical differences between inner and outer cortical layers of the primate parietal bone. PLOS ONE 15(3): e0229244.
  13. Zhang Q, Zhang Q, Han T, Zhu H, Wang Q. 2019. An Iron Age Skull with a Bone Neoplasm from Nilka County, Xinjiang, China. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 29:1034–1041.
  14. Zhang Q, Li X, Wang Q, Yeh H-Y, Zhu H, Qin Y, Zhang Q. 2019.Osteological Evidence of Violence during the Formation of the Chinese Northern Nomadic Cultural Belt in the Bronze Age. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 11:6689-6704.
  15. Zhang Q, Zhang Q, Yang S, Dechow PC, Zhu H, Yeh H-Y, Wang Q. 2019. Divided Zygoma in Holocene Human Populations from Northern China. American Journal of Human Biology. 31(6): e23314.
  16. Zhang Q, Liu P, Yeh H-Y, Man X, Wang L, Zhu H, Wang Q*, Zhang Q*. 2019. Intentional cranial modification from Houtaomuga Site, Jilin, China - Earliest Evidence and Longest in situ Practice during the Neolithic Age. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 169: 747-756. (* co-corresponding authors).
  17. Ackerman S, Aguilera FC, Buie JM, Glickman GN, Umorin M, Wang Q, Jalali P. 2019. Accuracy of 3-dimensional-printed Endodontic Surgical Guide: A Human Cadaver Study. Journal of Endodontics 45:615-618.
  18. Wang Q, Zhang Q, Han T, Sun Z, Dechow PC, Zhu H, Zhang Q. 2019. Masticatory properties in pre-modern Holocene Populations from Northern China. HOMO Journal of Comparative Human Biology. 70(1): 15-30.
  19. Li H, Luo W, Feng A, Tang ML, Kensler TB, Maldonado E, Gonzalez OA, Kessler MK, Dechow PC, Ebersole JL, Wang Q. 2018. The Odontogenic Abscess in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) from Cayo Santiago. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 167: 441-457.
  20. Wang Q, Sun L, Ebbestad JOR. 2018. The dates of the discovery of the first Peking Man fossil teeth. Asian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific. 57:267-280.
  21. Zhang Q, Wang Q, Kong B, Wang C, Yang D, Zhu H, Zhang Q. 2018. A Scientific Analysis of Cranial Trepanation from the Early Iron Age on the Ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 10:1317-1327.
  22. Ribot F, García M, Wang Q. 2018. The affinities of ‘Homo antecessor’ – a review of craniofacial features and their taxonomic validity. Anthropological Review. 81(3):225-251.
  23. Ribot F, García M, Wang Q. 2018. A Comparative study of the craniofacial features defining ‘Homo antecessor’. Acta Anthropologica Sinica. 37(3):352-370.
  24. Wang Q, Carlson DS, Buschang P, Dechow PC. 2017. Biomechanical properties of the masticatory system in ancient Nubian populations. In: Ribot F, editor. Tribute to Professor José Gibert. A life dedicated to science and knowledge of the first Europeans. Granada: Diputación de Granada.p141-161.
  25. Ledogar JA, Benazzi S, Smith A, Weber G, Carlson K, Dechow PC, Grosse I, Ross C, Richmond B, Wright B, Wang Q, Byron C, Carlson K, de Ruiter D, Pryor McIntosh L, Strait D. 2017. The biomechanics of bony facial “buttresses” in South African australopiths: an experimental study using finite element analysis. Anatomical Record. 300:171-195.
  26. Dechow PC, Wang Q. 2017. Evolution of the Jugal/Zygomatic Bones. Anatomical Record. 300:12-15.
  27. Wang Q, Turnquist JE, Kessler MJ.  2016.  Free-ranging Cayo Santiago rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta):Dental eruption patterns and dentition.  American Journal of Primatology; 78:127-142. 
  28. Widdig A, Kessler MJ, Bercovitch FB , Berard JD, Duggleby C, Nurnberg, Rawlins RG, Sauermann U, Wang Q, Krawczak M, Schmidtke J. 2016. Genetic studies on the Cayo Santiago macaque population: a review of 40 years of research. American Journal of Primatology. 78:44-62.
  29. Dechow PC, Wang Q. 2016. Development, structure and function of the zygomatic bones: what is new and why do we care? Anatomical Record. 299:1611-1615.
  30. Wang Q, Dechow PC. 2016. Divided zygomatic bone in primates with implications of skull morphology and biomechanics. Anatomical Record. 299:1801-1829.
  31. Gharpure P, Kontogiorgos ED, Opperman LA, Ross CF, Strait DS, Smith A, Pryor LC, Wang Q, Dechow PC. 2016. Elastic Properties of Chimpanzee Craniofacial Cortical Bone. Anatomical Record. 299: 1718-1733.
  32. McIntosh LP, Strait DS, Ledogar J, Smith AL, Ross CF, Wang Q, Opperman LA, Dechow PC. 2016. Internal Bone Architecture in the Zygoma of Human and Pan. Anatomical Record. 299: 1714-1717.
  33. Ledogar JA, Dechow PC, Wang Q, Gharpure P, Gordon AD, Baab KL, Smith AL, Weber AW, Grosse IR, Ross CF, Richmond BG, Wright BW, Byron C, Wroe S, Strait DS. 2016. Human feeding biomechanics: performance, variation, and functional constraints. PeerJ. DOI 10.7717/peerj.2242.
  34. Wang Q, Kessler MJ, Kensler TB, Dechow PC. 2016. The mandibles of castrated male rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta): The effects of orchidectomy on bone and teeth. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 159:31-51.
  35. Kessler MJ, Wang Q, Cerroni AM, Grynpas MD, Velez ODG, Rawlins RG, Ethun KF, Wimsatt JH, Kensler TB, Pritzker KPH. 2016. Long-term effects of castration on the skeleton of male rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). American Journal of Primatology. 78:152-166.
  36. Ledogar J, Smith AL, Benazzi S, Weber GW, Spencer MA, Carlson KB, McNulty KP, Dechow PC, Grosse IR, Ross CF, Richmond BG, Wright BW, Wang Q, Byron C, Slice D, Carlson KJ, de Ruiter DJ, Berger LR, Tamvada K, Smith LP, Berthaume M, Chalk J, Strait DS. 2016. Mechanical evidence that Australopithecus sedibawas limited in its ability to eat hard foods. Nat. Commun. 7:10596.

Book Edited

  1. Wang Q (Editor). 2012. Bones, Genetics, and Behavior of Rhesus macaques: Macaca mulatta of Cayo Santiago and Beyond. New York: Springer. 308 pages.

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Global History of Health Asia Module (GHHP-Asia)

Wang initiated GHHP – Asia in 2018. The ‘Global History of Health Project’ (GHHP), started by Richard Steckel and colleagues, is a platform to systematically document a series of selected health and disease parameters of human skeletal remains of recent millennia in the context of environmental and socioeconomic changes. This unique project provides an unprecedented look of recent human history to gauge the quality of life and human adaptability in challenging living conditions. Inspired by the GHHP-West Hemisphere and Europe modules, the GHHP- Asia was initiated in 2018 to extend this project to Asia, an important theater for the rise of many first civilizations.  Human burials have been found throughout the Asian continent from the Neolithic Age to Bronze and Iron Ages and onwards. Most importantly, the majority of burials are associated with archaeological evidence of environmental settings and socioeconomic modes.  The project will unlock rich yet mostly untapped information from large skeletal collections in China, Mongolia, Japan, South Korea, East Russia, India, and Southeast Asia and beyond, and establish a contexualized database recording the history of human pathology, focusing on oral pathology and joint diseases, in Asia during the past 10,000 years. The inclusion of the Asia story in GHHP will not only enrich the first hand skeletal and oral health status over generations in recent human history in an evolutionary sense, but also expand existing databases for global and local health agency authorities on policy making for contemporary populations with different economic-social status, ranging from pre-agriculture to modernization.  





Media Coverage
  1. Negative impact of long-term low testosterone on oral health


  1. Earliest evidence of intentional cranial modification

Discovery Science Channel  - Ancient Unexplained Files (2/21/2021)  


  1. Footbinding  (Sciences et Avenir - Paris)  


  1. Joint burial in loving embrace with a ring (Archaeology Magazine. September/October 2021) (Live Science, August 23, 2021)