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Postdoctoral Scholar, Bone Marrow Transplantation
BioAs a highly motivated researcher with a passion for conducting basic research that has direct implications for patient care, I have completed my Ph.D. training in physiology in China and pursued postdoctoral training in the United States. My academic training and research experience have provided me with an excellent background in multiple biological disciplines including developmental biology, gerontology, immunology, and pre-clinic research. As a doctoral student with Dr. Guoliang Xia, I focused on mammalian ovary development and aging with the goal of improving the in-vitro fertilization process for cancer patients and women over 40, and aimed to uncover the mechanisms that control the non-renewable oocyte activation and slow down its quantity and quality loss during aging.
During my Ph.D. training, I became interested in immunology research, inspired by my involvement in a project on maternal-fetal immunotolerance. In naturally conceived pregnancies, the fetus is semi-allogeneic to the mother, and the maternal immune system is exposed to foreign HLA antigens from the child. However, the fetus is well-tolerated within a specific time window. As a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, I joined the lab of Dr. Robert Negrin, a renowned leader in the bone marrow transplantation (BMT)/GVHD field, to explore immunotolerance-related issues such as graft-versus-host disease and blood malignancies.
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and of Bioengineering
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOur lab’s mission is to develop therapies for regenerating human tissues lost due to diseases or aging, and to build tissue engineered 3D models for understanding disease progression and informing drug discovery. We invent biomaterials and engineering tools to elucidate and modulate biology, and also use biology to inform materials and engineering design. Our work is highly interdisciplinary, and is driven by unmet clinical needs or key gaps in biology.
Samuel Yang, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Yang's research is focused on bridging the translational gap at the interface of molecular biology, genome science, engineering, and acute care medicine. The investigative interest of the Yang lab falls within the general theme of developing integrative systems-level approaches for precision diagnostics, as well as data driven knowledge discoveries, to improve the health outcome and our understanding of complex critical illnesses. Using sepsis and COVID-19 as the disease models with complex host-pathogen dynamics, the goals of the Yang lab are divided into 2 areas:
1) Developing high-content, near-patient, diagnostic system for rapid broad pathogen detection and characterization.
2) Integrating multi-omics molecular and phenotypic data layers with novel computational approaches into advanced diagnostics and predictive analytics for acute infections.
Associate Professor of Neurology
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsElucidate biological functions of cytoskeletal associated proteins in neurons. Define the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration in null mice.
Yunzhi Peter Yang
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and, by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering and of Bioengineering
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsYang lab's research interests are in the areas of bio-inspired biomaterials, medical devices, and 3D printing approaches for re-creating a suitable microenvironment for cell growth and tissue regeneration for musculoskeletal disease diagnosis and treatment, including multiple tissue healing such as rotator cuff injury, orthopedic diseases such as osteoporosis and osteonecrosis, and orthopedic traumas such as massive bone and muscle injuries.
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOne hallmark of cancer is that malignant cells modulate metabolic pathways to promote cancer progression. My professional interest is to investigate the causes and consequences of the abnormal metabolic phenotypes of cancer cells in response to microenvironmental stresses such as hypoxia and nutrient deprivation, with the prospect that therapeutic approaches might be developed to target these metabolic pathways to improve cancer treatment.