Yang Lab Members

Phillip C. Yang, MD

Associate Professor, Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
Director, Cardiovascular Stem Cell Laboratory
Director, Stanford Cardiovascular MRI Program

Dr. Yang is a physician-scientist whose research interest focuses on the fundamental molecular and cellular processes of myocardial regeneration. His research employs novel in vivo multi-modality molecular and cellular imaging technology to translate basic innovations in stem cell and cellular exosome biology. He has focused on advancing efforts to translate iPSC-derivatives to assess their diagnostic and therapeutic potential for clinical translation. In addition, he has received funding from CIRM, AHA, NIH, and private industry.


Michelle R. Santoso, BS

Research Associate and Yang Lab Manager

Michelle Santoso received her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and BA in Economics from the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on stem cell derivatives for ischemic cardiomyopathy, particularly the potential of exosomes from autologous iPSC-derivatives. She hopes to pursue this paradigm to implement precision medicine for heart failure therapy and diagnostics.

Gentaro Ikeda, MD, PhD

Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar

Gentaro Ikeda obtained a M.D. from Showa University School of Medicine and a Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Medicine from University of Kyushu Graduate School of Medicine. He has worked on inflammation, cell death, drug delivery system and translational research for cardiovascular diseases.

Albert Jang, MD

Visiting Scholar

Albert received his BS in Biotechnology from Yonsei University and  his medical training (MD and residency) from Gachon University. He has joined our lab as a postdoc for his particular interest in the translational aspect of immune responses in the ischemic myocardium. 

Ji Hye Jung, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Ji-Hye recieved her Master of Sciense in Yonsi University in 2010 and her Doctor of Philosphy from Korea University in 2015. She has multiple journal publications from her research into human pluripotent stem cells.


Chen Hung (James) Lee, MD, PhD

Visiting Scholar

James is a currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford in Dr. Yang’s lab. He is also an Associate Professor and attending physician at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou, Taiwan. He received his MD from Taipei Medical University in 2001 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Chang Gung University in 2015.


Connor O'Brien, MD

Research Fellow

Connor is a postdoctoral medical fellow in the division of Cardiovascular Medicine.



Divya Rajmohan, MBBS

Clinical Research Coordinator

Divya Rajmohan received her medical degree in 2013 at Calicut University in India. After completing her internship resident training, she moved to California to pursue her career as a physician -researcher. She has been involved in Clinical research since 2015 and joined Yang lab in June 2017.She is currently coordinating multiple Stem cell clinical trials and hopes to get more involved into translational stem cell research studies in Dr. Yang’s lab.


Yuko Tada, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Yuko Tada is a cardiologist trained in Japan. Her research focuses on translational cellular and extracellular vesicle tracking using MRI. She is also working on MRI tissue characterization targeting myocardial viability, inflammation, and fibrosis to understand the pathogenesis of cardiomyopathies and predict future adverse cardiac events.   



Evgeniya Vaskova, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Evgeniya Vaskova earned her PhD from The Federal Research Center Institute of Cytology and Genetics SB RAS, Russia. She started her postdoctoral studies in the Yang lab in December of 2016, where her main focus is to identify the contents and the mechanism of action of the exosomes secreted by the cardiac cells, determine their physiologic role in restoring the injured myocardium and apply these findings for potential clinical translation.