Dr. Yadong Wang is the William Kepler Whiteford Professor in Bioengineering with adjunct positions in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry at Stanford University in 1999, and performed his postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Bioengineering Department at University of Pittsburgh in 2008 after serving as an Assistant Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology for 5 years.
Dr. Wang’s research focuses on creating biomaterials that present controlled chemical, physical, and mechanical signals to cells, tissues, and organs. The ultimate goal is to control how the human body interacts with these materials. He is especially interested in applications of biomaterials in the cardiovascular, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems. His team enjoys collaboration with other scientists and clinicians who share the same passion in translational research.
Current projects of the Wang Lab include vascular grafts, controlled release of proteins, and microfabrication of biomaterials. The team’s goal is to improve lives through biomaterials innovation. The researchers apply tools from chemistry, biology, and materials science and engineering to create functional biomaterials that enable new treatments in regenerative medicine. They strive to advance the field by innovations in biomaterial design, processing, and application.
Dr. Wang has published high-impact articles at every stage of his academic career in journals including Science, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences. Dr. Wang was named a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2014. In 2012, Dr. Wang received an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award and in 2014 he was a grand prize winner of the Pitt Innovation Challenge.
View a list of Dr. Wang’s publications here.