Cell Engineering for Tissue Regeneration

Date: December 5, 2019, 4:00–5:00 PM
Location: Annenberg 105
Speaker: Song Li, Ph.D., Chancellor’s Professor and Chair of Bioengineering, UCLA, Samueli School of Engineering

Cell engineering has tremendous potential for regenerative medicine, disease modeling and drug screening. We are interested in understanding how biophysical and biochemical factors in the microenvironment regulate stem cell functions and cell reprogramming, and apply the knowledge and technologies to regenerative medicine applications. In our recent work, we engineer myogenic cells and biophysical factors for skeletal muscle regeneration by using approaches such as drug delivery, stem cell transplantation and wireless electrical stimulations. Our findings will lead to the development of new therapies for diseases and tissue injury.

Song Li, Ph.D.

Chancellor’s Professor and Chair of Bioengineering, UCLA, Samueli School of Engineering

Song Li Dr. Song Li got his B.S. and M.S. from Peking University, and had his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training at UC San Diego with Professor Shu Chien. Dr. Li was a professor in bioengineering at UC Berkeley between 2001 and 2015. In 2016, he moved to UC Los Angeles as a Chancellor Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine, and he serves as the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering. Dr. Li’s research is focused on stem cell engineering, mechanobiology and tissue engineering. The work from his laboratory has made significant contribution to the understanding of how biophysical factors regulate the vascular functions, stem cell differentiation and cell reprogramming. His laboratory also engineered biophysical factors, stem cells and biomimetic and functional micro/nanomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery. Dr. Li is also actively involved in the translation of research findings into technologies to benefit the society. Dr. Li has been elected as a Fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab

Hosted by: Yu-Chong Tai