Dr. Shao received his M.S. on marine biology in Ocean University of China in 2007 and then he worked on fish genomic analysis in Texas A&M University as a visiting scholar in 2008. In 2012, Dr. Shao received his Ph.D. on marine biology in Ocean University of China. Since 2012 to 2015, he worked Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology as a JSPS fellow for three months per year and received another Ph.D. on marine science.
The research focus is to use genomics and genetics to understand the basic biology in fish and to apply this information to improve the productivity and sustainability of economically important fish. Specific areas of interest include: (1) fish genome sequence and analysis of gene function and regulation as well as conserved non-coding regions (CNCs) at multi-omics levels, (2) development of genomic resources and selective breeding programs and elucidation of the genetic basis underlying commercially important traits through QTL mapping, whole genome association study (GWAS) and genomic selection (GS), (3) epigenetics of sex determiantion and differentiation and identification of fish sex determination gene as well as towards new understanding of the genetic mechanism of sex determination gene as well as their evolutionary interconnections with sex chromosome evolution, and (4) analysis of adaptive microevolution to answer how many and what kind of genetic changes accompany phenotypic variation among fish populations.