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Suboptimal Health and Glycomics

The Suboptimal health and glycomics research team is part of the Centre for Precision Health, an ECU Strategic Research Centre. The team aims to integrate subjective (suboptimal health) and objective (N-glycan) markers of health and establish a standardised screening and monitoring tool for cardio-metabolic disorders by constructing a dynamic glycan screening panel. These derived profiles will be used as tools (biomarkers) of a risk continuum for screening chronic diseases and their relation to various lifestyle and environmental factors, as well as monitoring the progression of suboptimal health status towards cardio-metabolic disorders, such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular and renal diseases.

Research Interests

  • Genetic epidemiology (biomarker screening, validation and trial)
  • Global health (disease burden, and chronic diseases diagnosis & management)
  • Genomics and glycomics (bioinformatics, DNA sequencing and N-Glycan profiling)

For more information, contact Professor Wei Wang

Current Projects

  • Human Glycome Project
    • Inter- and Intra-population diversities of glycan profiling
  • Suboptimal Health
    • Suboptimal health status assessment as a measure for prognosis of preeclampsia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and biological ageing.
  • Global Health  
    • Subjective (suboptimal health) and objective (N-glycan) markers of health research in three major ethnic populations:  African, Asian, and Caucasian.
  • The Nathan Centre for rare diseases
  • Glycan Aging Study

Postgraduate student project opportunities

  • Towards personalised medicine via population-based study of variability of the human IgG glycome
  • Profiling IgG N-glycans as biomarkers of the ageing process: The Busselton Healthy Ageing Study
  • Suboptimal health: A new instrument for chronic disease assessment

For more information visit the Centre for Precision Health graduate opportunities webpage

Research team

Group Leader

Professor Wei Wang

Senior Lecturer

Dr Lois Balmer

Postdoctoral researchers

Dr Xingang Ivan Li

Visiting Scholar

Dr Manshu Song

PhD students

  • Andrea Lyon
  • Caipan Gong
  • Chunbin Zhou
  • Dan Wu
  • Dong Lin
  • Fangli Hu
  • Huiying Pan
  • Jiangyue Yao
  • Jinxia Zhang
  • Dr Lan Chen
  • Monique Garcia
  • Pengxiang Ying
  • Ruirui Xu
  • Sean Oh
  • Sharon Chen
  • Tharani Senavirathna
  • Wanqi Wang
  • Weijie Cao
  • Xiaojia Xu
  • Yulong Lan
  • Zhixian Chen
  • Zhisheng Chen
  • Zhuoqiao He


View the team's publications here

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