Welcome to the UC Davis Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory. Located on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis, we serve as a hub for faculty, residents, research fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate and post-baccalaureate junior scientists conducting interdisciplinary, groundbreaking research to engineer solutions for the full spectrum of surgical disease. Our research teams bring together diverse experience from across the health sciences, and draws upon the most up-to-date technologies (like stem cell engineering) to tackle some of largest challenges in medicine, including spinal cord injury, heart disease and birth defects. The UC Davis Department of Surgery provides a rich environment for biomedical research, which, coupled with our multipronged collaborations across multiple campuses, strengthens our access to the most sophisticated equipment and the best minds.

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Lankford, L., et al., Early gestation chorionic villi-derived stromal cells for fetal tissue engineering. World Journal of Stem Cells, 2015. 7(1): p. 195-207
Wang, A., et al., Placental Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Rescue Ambulation in Ovine Myelomeningocele. Stem Cells Transl Med, 2015
E.G. Brown, B.K., C.D. Pivetti, N.A. Sitkin, A. Wang, D.L. Farmer, J.C. Bresnahan, Development of a Locomotor Rating Scale for Testing Motor Function in Sheep. J Pediatr Surg, 2014. 50(4): p.617-621

Jian Yu*, Aijun Wang*, Zhenyu Tang, Yiqian Zhu, Jeffrey Henry, Fengping Huang, Song Li. 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. 2012 Nov; 33(32):8062-74. *Co-first author.

Zhenyu Tang*, Aijun Wang*, Zhiqiang Yan, Bo Liu, Julia Chu, Jill Helms, Song Li. Differentiation of Multipotent Vascular Stem Cells Contributes to Vascular Diseases. Nature Communications. 2012 Jun 6; 3:875. *Co-first author.

Timothy Downing*, Aijun Wang*, Zhiqiang Yan, Yvette Nout, Andy Lee, Michael S. Beattie, Jacqueline C. Bresnahan, Diana L. Farmer, Song Li. Drug-eluting microfibrous patches for the local delivery of rolipram in spinal cord repair. Journal of Controlled Release. 2012 May 23; 161(3):910-917. *Co-first author.

Payam Saadai, Yvette Nout, Jose Encinas, Aijun Wang, Timothy Downing, Michael S. Beattie, Jacqueline C. Bresnahan, Song Li, Diana L. Farmer. Prenatal Repair of Myelomeningocele with Aligned Nanofibrous Scaffolds - A Pilot Study in Sheep. The Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2011,46:2279-83.

P Saadai, A Wang, Y Nout, T Downing, M Beattie, JC Bresnahan, S Li, DL Farmer. Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Neural Crest Stem Cells Integrate into the Injured Spinal Cord in the Fetal Lamb Model of Myelomeningocele. The Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2013 Jan; 48(1):158-63.

EG Brown , P Saadai, CD Pivetti, MS Beattie, JC Bresnahan, A Wang, DL Farmer.  "In utero repair of myelomeningocele with autologous amniotic membrane in the fetal lamb model." Journal of Pediatric Surgery.  The Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2014 Jan;49(1):133-7.

CS Sondergaard CS, R Witt, G Mathews, S Najibi, L Le, T Clift, MS Si. “Prevascularization of self-organizing engineered heart tissue by human umbilical vein endothelial cells abrogates contractile performance.” Cell Tissue Res. 2012 Dec; 350(3):439-44. Epub 2012 Sep 7.

CS Sondergaard, G Mathews, L Wang, A Jeffreys, A Sahota, M Wood, CM Ripplinger,MS Si. “Contractile and electrophysiologic characterization of optimized self-organizing engineered heart tissue.” Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Oct;94(4):1241-8; discussion 1249. Epub 2012 Jul 12.

G Mathews, C Sondergaard, A Jeffreys, W Childs, BL Le, A Sahota, S Najibi, J Nolta , MS Si . “Computational analysis of contractility in engineered heart tissue.” IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2012 May;59(5):1429-35.Epub 2012 Feb 22.