Dr. Rocky S. Tuan is the Director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also serves as the Executive Vice Chairman for Orthopaedic Research at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Associate Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Tuan earned his BA in Chemistry from Berea University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the recipient of the Austin Scholar Award. From there he went to Rockefeller University in New York, where he earned his PhD in Life Sciences (Biochemistry and Cell Biology). He continued his postdoctoral research at Rockefeller until he won a Research Fellow from first the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and then the Department of Medicine, both at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tuan served as a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded an honorary MA in 1987. He was also a professor at Thomas Jefferson University, where he became the Director of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory (1988-2001), the Academic Director of the MD-PhD Program (1992-1995), and the Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (1996-2001). In 2001, Dr. Tuan became the Chief of Cartilage Biology and Orthopaedics Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. In both 2006 and 2007 he was given the Special Recognition Award, NIH Undergraduate Scholars Program.
Dr. Tuan’s research focuses on the development, growth, function, and health of the musculoskeletal system, the biology of adult stem cells, and the utilization of this knowledge to develop technologies that will regenerate and/or restore function to diseased and damaged musculoskeletal tissues. He is a member of several professional societies, including the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International, and the Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine International Society. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Birth Defects Research; Part C – Embryo Today and Stem Cell Research and Therapy.
Dr. Rocky Tuan