Dr Renfu Shao

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Dr Renfu Shao


Teaching areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

Research areas

  • Evolution of mitochondrial genomes
  • Function of mitochondrial genomes
  • Mitochondrial minichromosomes and genetic diseases
  • Diversity, taxonomy and systematics of Australian native sucking lice
  • Molecular phylogeny of hemipteroid insects


Dr Renfu Shao has teaching and research experience in the area of genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, parasitology, computation biology, and evolutionary biology. He was an applied geneticist in China and worked on sheep breeding prior to 1998. He completed his PhD at The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2003 on the topic of comparative mitochondrial genomics of hemipteroid insects. Since then, his main research interest has been on the evolution and function of mitochondrial genomes.

Dr Shao is internationally recognised for his discovery of an extensively fragmented mitochondrial genome in multi-celled eukaryotes in 2009.

Dr Shao was awarded an international postdoctoral fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2003, an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Australian Research Council (ARC) in 2005, and ARC Discovery Project grant in 2011. He also won an Early Career Research grant in 2007 and a ResTeach grant in 2009 at UQ.

Dr Shao joined USC as a USC Research Fellow in January 2012.

Dr Shao collaborates with researchers at UQ, University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology, Southwest University (China), Chinese Centre for Disease Control & Prevention, China Agricultural University, Dali University (China), Guizhou University, Shihezi University (China), Beijing Genomics Institute and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Dr Shao is on the Editorial Boards of BioMed Research International, The Scientific World Journal, Advance in Biology, and PLOS ONE.

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