People

Mao, Jeremy D.D.S., Ph.D., jmao@columbia.edu
Co-Director, Center for Craniofacial Regeneration
Edwin S. Robinson Professor of Dentistry
 
 
Chen, Mo Ph.D., mc3013@columbia.edu
Assoc Research Scientist
 
 
Cheng, Jie D.D.S., Ph.D., jc4195@columbia.edu
Postdoc Research Scientist
Dr. Cheng received his Ph.D. degree at Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2010. He is now working as Associate Professor and Attending Surgeon in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Nanjing Medical University. His research interests are directed to dissect the mechanisms of scarless wound healing and scar formation. His current reasearch at CCR focuses on tissue-engineered enhanced wound healing by stem cells.
 
Embree, Mildred D.M.D., Ph.D., mce2123@columbia.edu
Asst Prof of Dental Med (at CUMC)
Mildred Embree received her B.S. degrees in Biochemistry from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. She completed her PhD training in cell biology at NIDCR/NIH in Bethesda, MD and earned her DMD/PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Embree’s research focuses on the characterization of stem cells derived from healthy and diseased TMJ tissues and understanding the cellular mechanisms that control differentiation. Dr. Embree ultimately aims to utilize or manipulate TMJ stem cells to regenerate TMJ tissues for translational applications. She uses a combination of cell biology methods, small and large animal models, bioengineering tools and clinical approaches to develop a comprehensive understanding of TMJ biology, disease, and regeneration.
 
 
Erisken, Cevat Ph.D., cerisken@columbia.edu, cevaterisken@gmail.com
Assoc Research Scientist
Dr. Cevat Erisken received his doctoral degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. His current research focuses on the design and fabrication of microfluidic devices, which allow for high-throughput screening of biomolecule directed migration of stem cells of different origins, for a broader goal of organ development, cancer metastasis and tissue regeneration using cell homing approach. His research also involves investigating new biomaterials for dental pulp regeneration. 
 
 
Hu, Li Bachelor of Stomatology, lh2632@columbia.edu
Staff Associate
Li Hu received her degree in Wuhan Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Her research currently focuses on Adipose-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells and soft tissue regeneration.
 
 
Jiang, Nan Bachelor of Medicine, nj2243@columbia.edu
Postdoc Research Fellow
Dr. Nan Jiang is a Ph.D. track graduate student in the lab. She received her doctor of dental surgery degree form Soochow University in 2010. Nan joined the lab in the spring of 2011, and her research currently focuses on the Craniofacial Stem Cells and Tooth Regeneration.
 
 
Jin, Ying (Cherry) Bachelor of Dent Med, yj2313@columbia.edu
Staff Associate
Ying Jin received her degree in West China School of Stomatology Sichuan University in 2011. Her research currently focuses on Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Tooth Regeneration.

 
Kim, Sahn Gyoon D.D.S., sgk2114@columbia.edu
Asst Prof of Dental Med (at CUMC)
Dr. Sahng Gyoon Kim received his D.D.S. degrees in Seoul National University and Columbia University. He received a Certificate in Endodontics and a M.S. in Oral Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. His research is focused on dental tissue engineering including dental pulp regeneration.

 

Kong, Kimi Ph.D., kk2738@columbia.edu
Assoc Research Scientist
 
 
Lee, Chang Hun Ph.D., chl2109@columbia.edu
Assoc Research Scientist
Dr. Chang Lee received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University.  Dr. Lee's research has been focused on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, emphasized on guidance and regulation of stem cells through bio-inspired scaffold system and/or controlled delivery of bioactive cues.  His current research projects include 1) regeneration of multiphase knee meniscus using 3D-printed scaffolds with spatiotemporal delivery of growth factors, 2) tendon/ligament regeneration by enriching endogenous stem/progenitor cells, and 3) integrated regeneration of dental root-periodontium complex with multiphase
bioscaffolds.
 
Ling, He (Linda) Bachelor of Stomatology, lh2685@columbia.edu
Staff Associate
Linda received her dental degree from Guanghua School of Stomatology, Sun Yat-sen University in 2012.  Her Ph.D. thesis research currently focuses on signaling transduction of stem/progenitor cells in tooth development and tooth regeneration.
 
 

Qui, Jing D.D.S., Ph.D., jq2218@columbia.edu
Postdoc Research Scientist 
Dr. Jing Qiu is Associate Chief Physician in the Department of Oral Implantology, Stomatological Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University. He received his D.D.S. in Stomatology in 2001 from Nanjing Medical University, China. He was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Oral Clinical Medicine at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China in 2011. He is specialized in Oral Implantology and has experience in dentistry with emphasis on Oral Implantology. His research focuses on dental implants, bone grafts, corrosion, and biomaterials.


Ricupero, Christopher Ph.D., clr2101@columbia.edu
Postdoc Research Scientist
 
 
Song, Songhoe Karen D.D.S., ss3633@columbia.edu
Postdoc Research Scientist
Dr. Karen S. Song is a postdoc research scientist in the lab and working as a periodontist in a private practice as well. She received her D.D.S degree in UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in 2009 and M.S degree and certificate in periodontics department, Columbia University in 2012. Her research currently focuses on bone regeneration in a periodontal defect and alveolar bone defect with using growth factors and biomimetics.
 
 
Sun, Guoming Ph.D., gsun@columbia.edu
Assoc Research Scientist
Dr. Guoming Sun received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. His research interests are primarily directed toward the development of novel and translational biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His current research focuses on wound healing and scarless skin regeneration.
 
 
Wang, Chenglin, Ph.D.,  cw2792@columbia.edu
Postdoc Research Scientist
Dr. Chenglin Wang received his doctoral degree in 2011 from West China School of Stomatology, Sichuan University. He worked as an endodontist and a lecturer in the Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics of the same University. His current research focuses on the signaling transduction during tooth development and tooth regeneration.
 
 
Yang, Guodong Doctor of Natural Science, gy2200@columbia.edu
Postdoc Research Scientist
Dr. Guodong Yang received his doctoral degree in 2010 from the Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an China. His current research focuses on the signaling transduction and gene expression during tissue regeneration.
 
 
Zhou, Jian D.D.S., Ph.D., jz2422@columbia.edu
Postdoc Research Scientist
 
 
 
 
ALUMNI
 
 
Su, Qin Doctor of Stomatology
Postdoc Research Scientist ( - Jan 2014)
Dr. Qin Su received her degree in West China School of Stomatology, Sichuan University. She worked as an endodontist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics of the same University. Her research in the Center for Craniofacial Regeneration focuses on dental tissue engineering including dental pulp regeneration.
 
Zhu, Zouli Doctor of Stomatology
Postdoc Research Scientist ( - Jan 2014)
Dr. Zhuoli Zhu received his degree in West China School of Stomatology, Sichuan University. He worked as an implantologist in the Department of Prosthodontics of the same University. His current research focuses on vascularization of bone tissue engineering and bone regeneration in alveolar bone defect.
 
 
Aksel, Hacer D.D.S.
Visiting Scholar (Oct 2013)
Hacer Aksel received her D.D.S degree from Marmara University, Turkey, in 2010. She is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Endodontics of Hacettepe University, Turkey. Her current research focuses on the scaffold-based dental pulp tissue regeneration using human dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs), growth factors and nanoscale hydrogel scaffolds.
 
Marao, Heloisa Fonseca D.D.S.
Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Aug 2012-Aug 2013)
Dr. Heloisa Fonseca Marao is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at São Paulo State University, Brazil, and currently a visiting scholar in Center for Craniofacial Regeneration at Columbia University. She holds a M.Sc. degree from the School of Dentistry of Araçatuba, UNESP - São Paulo State University. She is specialized in Implantology and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, and has experience in dentistry with emphasis on Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. Her research generally focuses on bone grafts, implants, reconstruction, trauma, tooth replantation and biomaterials, and she is currently investigating the effect of systemic modifications, i.e., estrogen deficiency, on tooth replantation in vivo.
 
Zheng, Ying M.D., D.D.S.
Research Scientist (Aug 2012-Aug 2013)
Dr. Ying Zheng received her MD and D.D.S degree from Capital Medical University in China. Her current research focuses on cell sources for dental pulp regeneration.
 
 
 
Guo, Weihua M.S., D.D.S., Ph.D.
Research Scientist (Aug 2012- May 2013)
Dr. Weihua Guo is Associate Professor in State Key Laboratory of Oral Disease, Department of Pedodontics, West China College of Stomatology, Sichuan University. He received his B.S. in Dental Medicine in 1999 and M.S. in Orthodontics in 2005 from Kunming Medical University, China. He was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Basic Science of Stomatology at The Fourth Military Medical University, China in 2010. His research focuses on the odontogenic cells biology, particularly the mechanism of the interaction between odontogenic cells and their niche contributing to tooth development and regeneration.