Honors & Awards

  • The NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship F32, National Institute of Health (2019)
  • Stanford Dean's Post-doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University (2018)
  • Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training Travel Award, Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh (2017)
  • 30 Under 30 in Healthcare, Forbes Magazine (2016)
  • Baxter Young Investigator Award, 1st Tier Highest Award Category, Baxter Healthcare (2016)
  • Foundation Capital Founder's Program Finalist, Foundation Capital, Foundation Capital (2015)
  • American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) Fellowship, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) (2013)
  • Chancellor's Predoctoral Fellowship, University of California Berkeley (2011-2013)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP), National Science Foundation (NSF) (2010-2016)

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California Berkeley (2016)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California San Francisco (2016)
  • Bachelor of Science, Brown University, Biomedical Engineering

Stanford Advisors

Graduate and Fellowship Programs

All Publications

  • Controlling properties of human neural progenitor cells using 2D and 3D conductive polymer scaffolds. Scientific reports Song, S., Amores, D., Chen, C., McConnell, K., Oh, B., Poon, A., George, P. M. 2019; 9 (1): 19565


    Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) are a promising cell source for stem cell transplantation to treat neurological diseases such as stroke and peripheral nerve injuries. However, there have been limited studies investigating how the dimensionality of the physical and electrical microenvironment affects hNPC function. In this study, we report the fabrication of two- and three-dimensional (2D and 3D respectively) constructs composed of a conductive polymer to compare the effect of electrical stimulation of hydrogel-immobilized hNPCs. The physical dimension (2D vs 3D) of stimulating platforms alone changed the hNPCs gene expression related to cell proliferation and metabolic pathways. The addition of electrical stimulation was critical in upregulating gene expression of neurotrophic factors that are important in regulating cell survival, synaptic remodeling, and nerve regeneration. This study demonstrates that the applied electrical field controls hNPC properties depending on the physical nature of stimulating platforms and cellular metabolic states. The ability to control hNPC functions can be beneficial in understanding mechanistic changes related to electrical modulation and devising novel treatment methods for neurological diseases.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41598-019-56021-w

    View details for PubMedID 31863072

  • An intravascular bioartificial pancreas device (iBAP) with silicon nanopore membranes (SNM) for islet encapsulation under convective mass transport Lab Chip Song, S., et al 2017

    View details for DOI 10.1039/C7LC00096K

  • Silicon nanopore membrane (SNM) for islet encapsulation and immunoisolation under convective transport Sci. Rep Song, S., et al 2016

    View details for DOI 10.1038/srep23679

  • Progress and challenges in macroencapsulation approaches for type 1 diabetes (T1D) treatment: cells, biomaterials, and devices Biotechnol Bioeng Song, S., et al 2015

    View details for DOI 10.1002/bit.25895

  • The synergistic effect of micro-topography and biochemical culture environment to promote angiogenesis and osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells Acta Biomater Song, S., et al 2015
  • Regulating Stem Cell Function with Electrical Stimulation Oh, B., Song, S., Lam, V., George, P. WILEY. 2019: S277–S278
  • In vivo Electrical Stimulation of Neural Stem Cells via Conductive Polymer Scaffold Improves Endogenous Repair Mechanisms of Stroke Recovery Oh, B., Song, S., Lam, V., Levinson, A., George, P. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2018
  • Electrically Conductive Scaffold to Modulate and Deliver Stem Cells. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE Oh, B., Levinson, A., Lam, V., Song, S., George, P. 2018


    Stem cell therapy has emerged as an exciting stroke therapeutic, but the optimal delivery method remains unclear. While the technique of microinjection has been used for decades to deliver stem cells in stroke models, this technique is limited by the lack of ability to manipulate the stem cells prior to injection. This paper details a method of using an electrically conductive polymer scaffold for stem cell delivery. Electrical stimulation of stem cells using a conductive polymer scaffold alters the stem cell's genes involved in cell survival, inflammatory response, and synaptic remodeling. After electrical preconditioning, the stem cells on the scaffold are transplanted intracranially in a distal middle cerebral artery occlusion rat model. This protocol describes a powerful technique to manipulate stem cells via a conductive polymer scaffold and creates a new tool to further develop stem cell-based therapy.

    View details for PubMedID 29708538

  • Conductive polymer scaffolds to improve neural recovery. Neural regeneration research Song, S., George, P. M. 2017; 12 (12): 1976–78

    View details for PubMedID 29323032

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC5784341

  • Glucose-stimulated insulin response of silicon nanopore-immunoprotected islets under convective transport ACS Biomater Sci Eng Song, S., et al 2017
  • Self-assembled rosette nanotubes encapsulate and slowly release dexamethasone Int J Nanomedicine Song, S., et al 2011
  • Self-assembled Rosette Nanotubes (RNTs) for Incorporating Hydrophobic Drug in Physiological Environment Int J Nanomedicine Song, S., et al 2011
  • Controlled Release of Tetracycline-HCL from Halloysite-Polymer Composite Films J Nanosci Nanotechnol Ward, C., Song, S., Davis, E. 2010