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.


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.

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.


Connor O'Brien, MD

Postdoctoral Medical Fellow

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



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.