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Jianhua Shao, MD, PhD

Jianhua Shao, MD, PhD

Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC)​

Professor, UCSD Department of Pediatrics
phone: 858-822-1969



Dr. Jianhua Shao is a ​professor in the Department of Pediatrics. His medical education began overseas at Xinxiang Medical College, China, where he received his MD degree and practiced as an endocrinologist.

In 1992, Dr. Shao began his basic research career, earning his PhD degree from the Beijing Medical University. During his postdoctoral training at Case Western Reserve University and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, he studied insulin signaling abnormalities in human and mouse models of gestational diabetes.

Dr. Shao was appointed as a faculty member of the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 2004, where he taught in the graduate program and continued his basic research of obesity and diabetes.


Dr. Shao’s research is focused on understanding how maternal metabolism influences the development of obesity and diabetes in offspring.


Cheung WW, Cherqui S, Ding W, Esparza M, Zhou P, Shao J, Lieber RL, Mak RH. Muscle wasting and adipose tissue browning in infantile nephropathic cystinosis. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. 2016;7(2):152-64. doi: 10.1002/jcsm.12056. PubMed PMID: PMC4864942.

Qiao L, Wattez JS, Lee S, Guo Z, Schaack J, Hay WW, Jr., Zita MM, Parast M, Shao J. Knockout maternal adiponectin increases fetal growth in mice: potential role for trophoblast IGFBP-1. Diabetologia. 2016;59(11):2417-25. Epub 2016/08/09. doi: 10.1007/s00125-016-4061-x. PubMed PMID: 27495989; PMCID: PMC5042853

Qiao L, Wattez JS, Lee S, Nguyen A, Schaack J, Hay WW, Jr., Shao J. Adiponectin Deficiency Impairs Maternal Metabolic Adaptation to Pregnancy in Mice. Diabetes. 2017. doi: 10.2337/db16-1096. PubMed PMID: 28073830.