Jia-Sheng Wang

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UGA Athletic Association Professor & Department Head

206A Environmental Health Science Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2102

Educational Background: 
NIEHS Post-doctoral Fellow,Molecular Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D, Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine
M.D., Toxicology, Shanghai First Medical College
Area of Specialty: 
  • Cancer Chemoprevention
  • Environmental Health 
  • Food Safety
  • Molecular Biomarkers and Epidemiology
  • Molecular Toxicology
  • Natural Toxins, mainly Mycotoxins
Research Interests: 
  • Molecular epidemiology and prevention of human esophageal cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Human health effects of environmental toxicants, expecially for food-borne toxicants.
  • Intervention with natural products on human acute and chronic diseases with environmental linkage.
  • Emerging environmental issues, such as global warming, climate changes, population growth, and urbanization.
  • Human health effects of fresh water cynobacterial toxins.
  • Development and validation of carcinogen biomarkers in high-risk populations.
  • Toxicolog of Natural Toxins.
Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • American Society of Nutrition
  • American Society of Preventive Oncology
  • International Society of Toxinology
  • Society of Metabolomics
  • Society of Toxicology
  • The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


Honors and Awards: 
  • Excellence in Teaching Award for Basic Medical Sciences, awarded by Southeast University, China (1983-1985)
  • Distinguish Research Award for Food Safety, awarded by Jiangsu Province (1985)
  • National Research Award in Trichothecene Mycotoxicosis awarded by State Scientific Commission of the PRC (1987)
  • 2006 Outstanding Faculty, TIEHH, TTU
  • Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Cancer Research Scientist (2009-2014)
  • Fulbright Faculty, Fulbright Foundation, 2009
  • Chang Jiang Lecture Scholar, Chinese Ministry of Education (2009-2012)
  • Keynote Speaker, Latin-America Association of Mycotoxicology, July 2010
  • Excellence in Research Award, UGA College of Public Health, 2012
  • Distinguished Chinese Toxicologist Lectureship Award, American Association of Chinese in Toxicology/Society of Toxicology, 2013
  • UGA Athletic Association Professor in Public Health, 2013
Selected Publications: 

Schwartzbord, J., Brown, D. L., Pape, J. W., Verdier, R-I., Filbert, M., Wang, J.-S. (2014). Aflatoxin-Lysine Adducts in Haitian Patients Ingesting Peanut and Maize Products. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. (in press).

Commodore, A. A., Zhang, J., Chang, Y., Hartinger, S. M., Lanata, C. F., Mäusezahl, D., Gil, A. I., Hall, D. B., Aguilar-Villalobos, M.,  Vena, J. E., Wang, J-S, Naeher, L. P. (2014)  Concentrations of Urinary 8-Hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine and 8-isoprostane in Women Exposed to Woodsmoke in a Cookstove Intervention Study in San Marcos, Peru. Environment International. (in press).

Mitchell,N. J.,  Xue, K. S., Lin, S., Marroquin-Cardona, A., Brown, K. A., Elmore, S. E., Tang, L., Gelderblom, W. C. A., Wang, J.-S., Phillips, T. D. (2014). Calcium montmorillonite clay reduces AFB1 and FB1 biomarkers in rats exposed to single and co-exposures of aflatoxin and fumonisin. J. Appl Toxicol. (in press)

Shen, C.-L., Chyu, M.-C., Wang, J.-S. (2013). Tea and Bone Health: Steps Forward in Translational Nutrition. Am. J. Clinic Nutrition, doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.058255.

Qian, G., Tang, L., Guo, X., Wang, F., Massey, M.E., Su, J., Guo, T.L., Williams, J.H., Phillips, T.D., and Wang, J.-S. (2013). Aflatoxin B1 Modulates the Expression of Phenotypic Markers and Cytokines by Splenic Lymphocytes of Male F344 Rats. J. Appl Toxicol, doi: 10.1002/jat.2866. [Epub ahead of print].

Qian, G., Wang, F., Tang, L., Massey, M.E., Mitchell, N., Williams, J.H., Phillips, T.D., and Wang, J.-S. (2013). Integrative Toxicopathological Evaluation of Aflatoxin B1 Exposure in F344 Rats. Toxicologic Pathology, doi:10.1177/019262331 3477256

Qian, G., Tang, L., Wang, F., Guo, X., Massey, M.E., Williams, J.H., Phillips, T.D., and Wang, J.-S. (2013). Toxicokinetics of Serum Aflatoxin B1-lysine Adduct in Fischer 344 Rats. Toxicology. 303:147-151.

Shuaib, F. M. B., Jolly, P. E., Ehiri, J. E., Ellis, W. O., Yatich, N. J., Funkhouser, E., Person, S. D., Williams, J. H., Qian, G., and Wang, J.-S. (2012). Socio-deographic determination of aflatoxinb1-lysine adduct levels among pregnant women in Kumasi, Ghana. Ghana Medical Journal. 46(4):179-188.

Qian, G., Xue, K., Tang, L., Wang, F., Song, X., Chyu, M., Pence, B., Shen, C.L., and Wang, J.-S. (2012). Mitigation of Oxidative Damage by Green Tea Polyphenols and Tai Chi Exercise in Postmenopausal Women with Osteopenia. PLos One, 7(10):e48090.

St. Helen G., Bernert J. T., Hall D. B., Sosnoff, C. S., Xia, Y. Balmes, J. R., Vena, J. E., Wang, J-S., Holland, N. T., Naeher, L. P. (2012). Exposure to secondhand smoke outside of a bar and a restaurant in Athens, Georgia leads to increases in tobacco exposure biomarkers in non-smokers. Environ. Health Perspect, 120(7):1010-1016.

Shen, C.-L., Chyu, M.-C., Yeh, J. K., Zhang Y., Pence, B. C., Felton, C. K., Brismee, J.-M., Arjmandi, B. H., Doctolero, S., Wang, J.-S. (2012). Effects of green tea and Tai Chi on bone health in postmenopausal women: a 6-month randomized placebo-controlled trial. Osteoporos Int.23:1541-1552.

Wu, X., Gao, S., Wang, J.-S., Wang, H., Huang, Y.-W., and Zhao Y. (2012). The Surface-enhanced Raman Spectra of Aflatoxins:Spectral Analysis, Density Functional Theory Calculation, Detection and Differentiation. Analyst 137:4226-4234.

Robinson, A., Johnson, N. J., Strey, A., Taylor, J. F., Marroquin-Cardona, A., Mitchell, N. J., Afriyie-Gyawu, E., Ankrah, N. A., Williams, J. H., Wang, J.-S., Jolly, P. E., and Phillips, T. D. (2012). Calcium montomorillonite clay reduces urinary biomarkers of fumonisin B1 exposure in rats and humans. Food Additive and Contaminants. Http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19440049.2011.651628.

Marroquin-Cardona, A., Deng, Y., Garcia-Mazcorro, J. F., Johnson, N. M., Mitchell, N. J., Tang, L., Robinson, A., Taylor, J. F., Wang, J.-S., Phillips, T. D. (2011). Characterization and safety of uniformparticle size NovaSil clay as a potential aflatoxin enterosorbent. Appl. Clay Sci. 54:248-257.

Shen, C.-L., Chyu, M.-C., Yeh, J. K., Zhang Y., Pence, B. C., Felton, C. K., Brismee, J.-M., Arjmandi, B. H., Doctolero, S., Wang, J.-S. (2011). Effects of green tea and Tai Chi on bone health in postmenopausal women: a 6-month randomized placebo-controlled trial. Osteoporos Int. DOI 10.1007/s00198-011-1731-x

Jolly, P. E., Shuaib, F. M., Jiang, Y., Preko, P., Baidoo, J., Stiles,J. K.,  Wang, J.-S., Phillips, T. D. & Williams, J. H. (2011). Association of high viral load and abnormal liver function with high aflatoxin B1–albumin adduct levels in HIV-positive Ghanaians: preliminary observations. Food Additives & Contaminants A. 28 (9):1224-1234.

Shen, C.-L., Yeh, J. K., Cao, J. J., Chyu, M.-C., Wang, J.-S. (2011) Green tea and bone health: evidence from laboratory studies. Pharmacological Research 64:155-161.

Keenan, J., Jolly, P., Preko, P., Baidoo, J., Wang, J.-S., Phillips, T. D., Williams, J. H., McGwin, G., Jr. (2011). Association Between Aflatoxin B1-Albumin Adduct levels and Tuberculosis Infection Among HIV+ Ghanaians. Archivs of Clinical Microbiology 2(3:3) 1-6, DOI:10:3823/230

Sun, G., Wang, S., Hu, X., Su, J., Zhang, Y., Xie, Y., Zhang, H., Tang, L.  and Wang, J.-S. (2011) Co-contamination of aflatoxin B1 and fumonisin B1 in food and human dietary exposure in three areas of China. Food Additive and Contaminants A . 28(4):461-470.          

Shen CL, Yeh JK, Samathanam C, Cao JJ, Stoecker BJ, Dagda RY, Chyu MC, Dunn DM, Wang J.-S. (2011) Green tea polyphenols attenuate deterioration of bone microarchitecture in female rats with systemic chronic inflammation. Osteoporos Int.22:327-337. 

Sun, G., Wang, S., Hu, X., Su, J., Zhang, Y., Xie, Y., Zhang, H., Tang, L.  and Wang, J.-S. (2011) Co-contamination of aflatoxin B1 and fumonisin B1 in food and human dietary exposure in three areas of China. Food Additive and Contaminants A . (In Press).

Johnson NM, Qian G, Xu L, Tietze D, Marroquin-Cardona A, Robinson A, Rodriguez M, Kaufman L, Cunningham K, Wittmer J, Guerra F, Donnelly KC, Wang JS and Phillips TD. (2011) Aflatoxin and PAH exposure biomarkers in a U.S. population with a high incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma. Sci Total Environ (in press)

Shen, C.-L., Chyu, M.-C., Pence, B. C., Yeh, J. K., Zhang, Y., Felton, C. K., Doctoler0, S., Wang, J.-S. (2010). Green tea polyphenols supplementation and Tai Chi exercise for postmenopausal osteopenic women: safety and quality of life report. BMC CAM  2010 10:76

Shen CL, Yeh JK, Cao JJ, Tatum OL, Dagda RY, Wang J-S (2010) Synergistic effects of green tea polyphenols and alphacalcidol on chronic inflammation-induced bone loss in female rats. Osteoporosis International2010 Jan 13 [Epub ahead of print].

Chen, L., Shao, C., Cobos, E., Wang, J-S., Gao, W. (2010). 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone induces CRM1-Dependent p53 Nuclear Accumulation in Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells, Toxicol Sci. 116, 206-215.

Xu, L., Qian, G., Tang, L., Su, J., and Wang, J.-S. (2010). Genetic Variations of Hepatitis B Virus and Serum Aflatoxin-Lysine Adduct on High Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Southern Guangxi, China. J. Hepatol. 53:671-676.

 Xu, L., Cai, Q., Tang, L., Wang, S., Hu, X., Su, J., Sun, G., Wang, J.-S. (2010). Evaluation of  fumonisin biomarkers in a cross-sectional study with two high-Risk populations in China. Food Additive & Contam. 27, 1161-1169.

 Williams, J. H., Grubb, J. A.,  Davis, J. W., Wang, J.-S., Jolly, P. E., Ankrah, N.-A., Ellis, W. O.,  Afriyie-Gyawu, E., Johnson, N. M., Robinson, A. G. and Timothy D Phillips, T. D. (2010).HIV, Hepatocellular, and Oesophageal Carcinomas Related to Consumption of Mycotoxin-prone Foods in Sub-Saharan Africa. Am. J. Clinic. Nutr. 92 (1): 154-60. 

Courses Taught: 
  • EHSC 6910 Introductory Toxicology
  • EHSC 7010  Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science
  • EHSC 8010/8020  Advanced Topics in Envirnmental Health Science
  • EHSC 8030 EHS Departmental Seminar
  • EHSC 8210 Cancer Etiology and Prevention
  • EHSC 8250 Biomarkers