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A bioengineer by training, Dr. Yang works at the interface of materials science, biology, engineering, and medicine. She is the Director and PI for Stem Cells and Biomaterials Engineering Laboratory at Stanford University, jointly supported by Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering. Dr. Yang has extensive expertise in developing novel biomaterials and stem cell-based therapeutics for musculoskeletal tissue engineering, or engineering 3D in vitro cancer models for drug screening and mechanistic discovery. Her research group is particularly interested in developing biomaterials and cell-based therapeutics to improve regeneration of various musculoskeletal tissues including bone, cartilage, tendon, blood vessels etc.
Our 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. We conduct rigorous and reproducible research with translational potential, and cultivate synergistic collaborations both within and outside of our lab. We are a “people first” team, and foster a lab culture that is supportive, diverse, inclusive, friendly, fun and creative! We are here to learn and help each other learn. We believe in the value of failures while taking high risk/high reward research, and support each other to keep going. We seek to positively impact the future of biotechnology and medicine via training future leaders in academia, industry, and government. Please visit our lab research page to learn more.https://www.fanyanggroup.com/research