Yang Lab in the department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Welcome to Dr. Yunzhi Peter Yang’s Group at Stanford University.

Our research interests are in the areas of biomaterials, implant devices, drug delivery, and musculoskeletal tissue engineering. In particular, we are interested in developing bio-inspired biomaterials and platform technologies to engineer tissues and organs. We aim to improve understanding of tissue-like chemistry and structure approaches of implant device design and fabrication, how these lead to tissue-like properties and functions, and the extent to which they can enhance clinical outcomes. Our research methodology includes concept design and development, characterization and evaluation, in vitro and in vivo validation of novel biomaterials and implant devices.

Compact Bone & Spongy (Cancellous Bone)

Figure Our research program centers on the bio-inspired biomaterials and approaches for regenerative medicine. For examples, to regenerate functional bone, we have developed new bio-inspired concepts and technologies by mimicking long bone's hierarchical structure, interfacial gradation, functional unit osteon, and vascularization.
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Our current program comprises the following themes: Enabling technology for musculoskeletal tissue engineering, surface nanotechnology for osseointegrated implant devices, and naturally derived novel biomaterials for cancer treatment. The student and postdoctoral trainees joining our group will have opportunities to learn from and work with a variety of experts, including material engineers and scientists, biologists, and clinicians.


January 2014: Congratulations to Dr. Dai Fei Elmer Ker for his AO foundation Start-up Award ($126,430.00 for
two years) for tendon project

January 2014: Congratulations to Dr. Sungwoo Kim for publishing his work on novel hydrogels for bone tissue engineering!

January 2014: Welcome Mr. Sean Siebert, medical student, Mr. Chichun "Jerry" Pan and Mr. Daniel Rainey, master students of Mechanical Engineering to join us for our 3D fabrication projects!

January 2014: Dr. Santa Maria and Dr. Yang received a Spectrum Innovation Accelerator Award for drug delivery.

January 2014: Dr. Lowenberg and Dr. Yang received an award from Foundation of Orthopedic Trauma for large bone defect repair.

January 2014: Yang lab received Nano/Medical Seeding grant!

December 2013: Dr. Yang gave an invited key lecture at the Bone-tec 2013, International Bone-Tissue Engineering Congress, in Singapore.

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