Shao-Hsuan Kao received his M.S. degree in agricultural chemistry from the Institute of Agricultural Chemistry, College of Bioresources and Agriculture, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, in 1996, followed by his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, in 2005. Kao is a Professor at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, College of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan. His main research interest is to investigate molecular mechanisms of traditional herbal medicine including examination of biological effects, identification of functional molecules, and understanding of signaling pathways. By using well-established cell model and animal model, several botanical extracts possessing protective functions, antitumoral activities, and anti-inflammatory effects have been investigated. In addition to crude and polyphenol-enriched extracts, functional and pharmaceutical activity of several isolated single compounds is investigated. Kao aims to establish a better understanding of the molecular pathways that contribute to the therapeutic effects of traditional herbs and further develop novel functional targets for treatments of cancer, chronic, and inflammatory diseases.
Biography Updated on 25 November 2013