Kuanliang Shao is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. His research focuses on developing an analytical framework using untargeted Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography (PY-GC/HRMS) and Liquid Chromatography (LC/HRMS) coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry, with the goal of facilitating efficient and cost-effective detection and quantification of a wide array of micro- and nano-plastics (MNPs) and related chemicals in human tissues, along with their biological effects.

He obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2017. Following his undergraduate studies, Kuanliang pursued his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of California, Riverside. His doctoral research primarily centered on advancing fundamental theories in pyrolysis reaction, leading to the discovery of several novel reaction mechanisms. In addition to his chemistry-focused research, he has explored air pollution and aerosol pollutants in Southern California, collaborating with local institutions to assess potential exposure risks to the population. Throughout his career, Kuanliang has been awarded two internal grants from the University of California.