Yong Mao


“Exploring the biological activity of industrial products”


Yong Mao, Ph.D. is a research assistant professor at New Jersey Center for Biomaterials (NJCBM).  She has broad research experience in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and microbiology. Having focused her academic and industrial research in extracellular matrix biology, Dr. Mao brings her expertise in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to her roles at NJCBM.  Her main areas of interest are cell-biomaterials interaction; scaffold supported tissue regeneration, stem cell technology and antimicrobial activity of biomaterials.   Currently, she leads multiple industrial research collaborations on the mechanistic characterization of industrial products and the exploration of potential new applications of existing products.  These collaborations have resulted in six peer-reviewed publications in the past 3 years.  Dr. Mao received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and had her NIH-funded postdoctoral training at Princeton University.  She was a senior scientist at LifeCell Corporation before joining NJCBM.


The understanding of the mechanism of action (MOA) of biological and medical products is always desired by industry and academia.  With the expertise at NJCBM, multiple research collaborations between academia and industry have been established.  These collaborations not only have addressed MOA of commercial products but also answered scientific questions and furthered our understanding of biological materials in wound healing and regenerative medicine.  In this presentation, three collaborative research projects will be showcased to highlight scientific discoveries and to feature the key elements in establishing productive industrial projects.  The projects to be discussed are 1) the characterization of the antimicrobial activity of amniotic membrane, 2) the evaluation of the role of cell-type specific extracellular matrix in maintenance of chondrocyte phenotypes and 3) the exploration of a wound care