Dayong Gao, PhD
Dr. Dayong Gao is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Cryo-Biomedical Engineering and Artificial Organs.
Dr. Gao is well-known as one of the most innovative researchers and world leaders in cryobiology and cryobiomedical engineering with applications in cryopreservation, regenerative medicine, gene and cell therapy, bio-instruments, artificial organs, and organ transplantation. He was elected as the President and Fellow of the Society for Cryobiology (International Society for Low Temperature Biology and Medicine) in 2016. He served as Chairman of the 2004 World Conference in Cryobiology and Cryomedicine, Co-Chairman of the 1996 Annual Society for Cryobiology Conference, and will serve again as Chairman of the International Conference of Cryobiology and Biobanking in 2017. In addition, Dr. Gao has actively collaborated with hospitals and corporations since 1991 to support and promote biobanking in medical practice and cell-tissue transplantation, and successfully developed new techniques, protocols, and instruments for long-term cryopreservation of human sperm/oocytes/ovarian tissues, pancreatic islets, skins, arteries, corneas, bone marrow and umbilical cord blood-derived hematopoietic stem cells, platelets, adipose cells/tissues/stem cells, and engineered tissues, etc. Furthermore, based on his great contributions in the field of artificial organs, Dr. Gao was honored as UK Alumni Professor and Baxter-Healthcare Corporation Chair of Engineering at University of Kentucky. His research work and achievements in artificial organs were reflected in his chapters and writings in a number of magisterial books, including “Pediatric Dialysis,” “Critical Care Nephrology,” “Chronic Kidney Disease: Dialysis and Transplantation,” “Handbook of Dialysis Therapy,” “Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering,” “Artificial Kidney: Fundamentals, Research Approaches and Advances,” “Artificial Kidney: Engineering Approaches,” etc.