Cell and Tissue Engineering

Cells are the building blocks of tissues and organs. We hope to control the functions and fate of cells in vitro and in vivo by stem cell differentiation, cell reprogramming and synthetic biology approaches to enable more effective therapies. As the regeneration of tissues and organs requires the coordination of immune cells, stem cells, and resident cells in the microenvironment, we investigate the mechanisms of tissue remodeling and develop multidisciplinary approaches to engineer cells, biomaterials, drug delivery systems, and biophysical therapies to promote the regeneration of functional tissues. The ongoing research in the lab focuses on cardiovascular, neuromuscular and connective tissues.


Publication Highlights


May 2022

Immunoengineering strategies to enhance vascularization and tissue regeneration

Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews

Jana Zarubova, Mohammad M Hasani-Sadrabadi, Reza Ardehali, Song Li


Mar 2021

Skeletal muscle regeneration via the chemical induction and expansion of myogenic stem cells in situ or in vitro.

Nat Biomedi Eng.

Jun Fang, Junren Sia, Jennifer Soto, Pingping Wang, LeeAnn K. Li, Yuan-Yu Hsueh, Raymond Sun, Kym Francis Faull, James G. Tidball & Song Li


Feb 2021

Asymmetric Cell Division of Fibroblasts is An Early Deterministic Step to Generate Elite Cells during Cell Reprogramming.

 Advanced Science.

Song Y, Soto J, Wang P, An Q, Zhang X, Hong S, Lee LP, Fan G, Yang L, Li S.


Jan 2021

Cellular remodeling of fibrotic conduit as vascular graft.

Biomaterials. 268:120565.

Qiu X, Lee BL, Wong SY, Ding X, Xu K, Zhao W, Wang D, Sochol R, Dong N, Li S.


Mar 2020

An engineered cell-laden adhesive hydrogel promotes craniofacial bone tissue regeneration in rats.

Sci Transl Med. 11;12(534).

Hasani-Sadrabadi MM, Sarrion P, Pouraghaei S, Chau Y, Ansari S, Li S, Aghaloo T, Moshaverinia A.


Mar 2020

Injectable Drug‐Releasing Microporous Annealed Particle Scaffolds for Treating Myocardial Infarction.

Adv Func Mater. 30(43):2004307.

Fang J, Koh J, Fang Q, Qiu H, Archang MM, Hasani-Sadrabadi MM, Miwa H, Zhong X, Sievers R, Gao D, Lee R, Di Carlo D, Li S.


Nov 2012

The effect of stromal cell-derived factor-1α/heparin coating of biodegradable vascular grafts on the recruitment of both endothelial and smooth muscle progenitor cells for accelerated regeneration.

Biomaterials. 33(32):8062-8074.

Yu J, Wang A, Tang Z, Henry J, Li-Ping Lee B, Zhu Y, Yuan F, Huang F, Li S.


Jun 2012

Differentiation of multipotent vascular stem cells contributes to vascular diseases.

Nature Commmunications. 3:875.

Tang, Z, Wang, A, Yuan, F, Yan, Z, Liu, B, Chu, JS, Helms JA, Li S.


Aug 2011

Induced pluripotent stem cells for neural tissue engineering.

Biomaterials. 32(55):5023-32.

Wang A, Tang Z, Park IH, Zhu Y, Patel S, Daley GQ, Li S.