The Federation Of Chinese Scholars In Australia



Birth Year 1955
Position Professor
Professional / Institution Affiliation and address
Dentistry, Oral Pathology and Oral Biology
School of Medicine and Dentistry
James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland
Telephone 07 40421922
Mobile 0434371820

II. CAREER SUMMARY (Education and employment history, List major past positions and current positions):
Education and Qualifications

  1982, BDS, Stomatology, Tianjin Medical University (TMU), PR China

  1983-1991, Lecturer/Oral Pathologist/Dental Practitioner, Dental Hospital, TMU, PR China

  1991-1994, Visiting Scholar/MSc, WHO-Dental Research Unit, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

  1995-1998, PhD Scholar, School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia

  1999-2000, Post-doctoral Scientist, School of Medicine, UQ/The University of Sydney

  2001-2005, NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

  2006-2010, Senior Lecturer, School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Griffith University

  2011-present, Professor, School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Queensland

2011 Community Service Award on 26 January Australian Day in Moreton-Bay region
2007 Queensland Cancer Council Conference Award
2002 NHMRC Visiting Fellowship
2002 American Basic Urology Research Conference Award
2001-2005 NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship
1995-1998 NHMRC Medical and Dental Scholarship

2012-present Advisory member, Web-Medicine Journal Editorial Board
2011-2012 Council Chairman of Queensland Chinese Association of Scientists & Engineers Inc (QCASE)
2009-2010 President of Executive Committee, QCASE
2009-2010 Vice-President, Federation of Chinese Scholars in Australia (FOCSA)
2008-2009 Treasurer/Deputy Secretary-General, FOCSA
2006-2009 Vice-President of Executive Committee, QCASE
2011-present Member of International EMT Association
2007-present Fellow of International Association of Oral Oncology
2008-present Member of International Association of Oral Pathology
2006-present Member of International Association of Dental Research

Recipient from Australian NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship;

Recipient 2010- Award of FOCSA Excellent Services;

Recipient the Community Award in Moreton-Bay on 26 January 2011 (Australian Day) as the former President of QCASE to Chinese community in Queensland and international relationships with China.

VI. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS (publication number, impact and citations): 600 refereed journal papers, 13000 citation and h-index = 50
Professor Gao has significant publications in Blood, Cancer Metastasis Review, Prostate, International Journal of Oncology, Head and Neck, Pathology, Journal of Periodontal Research and Journal of Dental Research, etc. Those published papers reflect his extensive research interests in a range of dental and periodontal field, as well as in cancer biology. His recent research interests focus on the progression of oral cancer, particularly in cancer stem cell-targeted early diagnostic biomarkers and anti-cancer biotherapy. The overall publications have been cited over 600 times.

Dentistry, Oral Biology and Oral Pathology in teaching and clinical services;

Dental, periodontal and oral cancer research in cellular and molecular biology, histopathology, immunopathology, and cancer stem cell-targeted early detection and biotherapy;

Undergraduate and post=-graduate teaching, curriculum design and curriculum internationalisation

VIII. VISIONS (related to China and Australia from the area of expertise):
Collaborations in education between Australia and China are one of the most important agenda issues. Since 1978, China has gradually and extensively “opened the door” to the world, and the international academic exchanges have become extremely active. Numerous tertiary students from China came to Australia for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and for engaged collaborative research programs in early years under both official or government funded exchange scheme and self-supported or individual research scheme from the supervisors in particular universities or research institutes.

Those students have been well educated, graduated, and employed in a variety of services including universities, research institutes and the Government departments in Australia under the multi-cultural policy and equal-employment policy. Chinese Australian Academics like me with strong interests in helping the connections and maintenance of the collaborations between the two countries. My expertise in Dentistry education and research into dental/periodontal disorders and oral cancer will enable me to contribute my efforts to strengthen my current collaborations with Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University, Sun Yat-sen University, Nankai University, Beijing Capital Medical University and Tianjin Medical University, in addition to initiating the dialogue with other universities across China.

Co-supervision of research higher degreed (RHD) postgraduate program is promising approach in both sides. This will provide achievements for ambitious students at high quality levels of education, research innovation and publications. Exchange of new idea and advanced technologies is beneficial to both enthusiastic supervisors and motivated students. The outcomes will be achieved at the international competitive settings. Research has not restrictiveness or boundary for nationalities. We all serve to people for the improvement of young generations’ education and population health or wellbeing, thus no matter we are currently residing in anywhere.

Curriculum Internationalisation is also most important to develop, particularly in using bilingual versions of textbooks. I have been pleased to see it is happening in mid-top ranked universities across China. Professional knowledge in all disciplines is critically required to maintain at high standard level in any country across worldwide. If this is achieved, particular disciplined professionals are then able to communicate thoroughly only if they use a common language, eg English or Chinese. The challengeable issue is why Chinese students intend to enroll their studies in Chemistry for example to a university in Australia? Unless studies in overseas are aiming to experience different cultural environment, students may avoid budgetary consumptions supported from their parents. The “War” of recruitment of international students among Australian universities would be cooling down. In old China there was limited tertiary education with relative poor quality. That was the main reason why “rich families” sent their children to overseas for good education. China has been now changed. The curriculum internationalisation is urgently and seriously considered by both Education providers.

The collaborations of Australia-China have more potential to develop and great future, particularly in short-term of students from both sides, eg. Communication on studies, and clinical observation, etc.