Shaoyong Su

Associate Professor

Shaoyong Su

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: GPI

College of Nursing
Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Population Health Science

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Pediatrics

The Graduate School

  • (706) 721-6295
  • HS 1721


  • Ph.D., Epidemiology Peking Union Medical College, 2005

Awards & Honors

  • Abstract selected by the American Psychosomatic Society's Program Committee as being especially newsworthy 2014 American Psychosomatic Society 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting, 2014

  • Recipient of the Scott Grundy Award for Excellence in Metabolism Research, Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention / Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions, American Heart Association, 2013

  • Outstanding Young Basic Science Faculty Award Georgia Health Sciences University, 2012

  • Finalist for the Jeremiah and Rose Stamler Research Award for New Investigators 49th Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention Annual Conference, American Heart Association, 2009

  • Postdoctoral Merit Award Emory University, 2008

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 5088

    Medical Scholars Program
  • PEDS 5086

    Intro to Ped Hth Prom-Dise

Teaching Interests

genetic epidemiology; epidemiology


Selected Recent Publications

  • Discovery and Validation of a Novel Neutrophil Activation Marker Associated with Obesity., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Determinants of pulse wave velocity trajectories from youth to young adulthood: the Georgia Stress and Heart Study., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Longitudinal association of inflammation with depressive symptoms: A 7-year cross-lagged twin difference study., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • An epigenome-wide study of obesity in African American youth and young adults: novel findings, replication in neutrophils, and relationship with gene expression, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Genetic and Environmental Effects on Gene Expression Signatures of Blood Pressure A Transcriptome-Wide Twin Study, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

I am a genetic epidemiologist with broad interest on the complex interplay of emotional and behavioral factors, such as major depression and psychological stress, with the development of cardiovascular disease, obesity and metabolic disorders. Currently, I focus on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying the neural-cardiac interaction.

Department Service

  • Interim Director, Division of Epidemiology 2017 - Present

Professional Service

  • Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Circulation 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Hypertension Research 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Journal of Affective Disorders 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer

Public Service

  • Golden Harvest Food Bank - The Master\'s Table Soup Kitchen 2018