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Scatena Lab

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Marta Scatena

Marta Scatena – Principal Investigator

• Post-Doctoral fellow, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1996-2000
• Post-Doctoral fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, 1993-1995
• Post-Doctoral fellow, University of Padova, Italy, 1992-1993
• EMBO Fellow, Institute of Molecular Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Salzburg, Austria, 1992
• PhD, Cell Biology, University of Padova, Italy, 1992
My group’s mission is to find new mechanisms and thus new therapeutic targets for vascular pathologies and chronic inflammatory conditions. We are particularly interested in disease specific approaches and solutions. My laboratory projects aim at understanding the mechanisms underlying the pathological processes of cardiovascular diseases and, related to it, at understanding the process of chronic inflammation and control thereof. Our emphasis is on applications in cardiovascular pathologies and in chronic responses elicited by biomaterials, including biomedical devices and engineered tissue substitutes. In my laboratory we also interested in the role of the extracellular environment mechanics on the control of angiogenesis. Research interests include biomaterials, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and tissue engineering.

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Chaoyang TangChaoyang Tang – Undergraduate Researcher

As a junior undergraduate in the Department of Bioengineering, Chaoyang is becoming a skilled engineer with 3+ years of laboratory research and cooperation experience with faculties & colleagues. Working under Marta Scatena, his current project is titled Modulating Macrophage Expression and Intrinsic Vascularization to the Tissue Healing from Sphere-Templated Poly(HEMA) Scaffolds. He is also collaborating with the Ratner Lab for biomaterials fabrication. While being passionate and strategic in solving real-world medical problems, he is willing to explore his potentials in industries, education, as well as future Ph.D. studies. Here are some words from him: “I tend to be silent when tired, but still capable of caring about people, so let me know whenever you need help. I’m here for you.”


Dr. Hai Zhang

  • Postdoctoral fellow: Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 2004
  • Ph.D.: Oral Biology, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, 2002
  • Certificate in Prosthodontics: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, 2002
  • Bachelor of Dental Medicine (DMD equivalent): West China University of Medical Sciences, 1992

Dr. Hai Zhang is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. He is also Assistant Director of Graduate Prosthodontics program. He is a board certified Prosthodontist and a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). He is the chair of the Tylman Research Grants and Award Committee in American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics (AAFP) and Vice Chair of the ACP Research Committee. He was inducted in the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society and was elected as the President of the OKU in 2015. Dr. Zhang’s research primarily focuses on the development and regeneration of mineralized tissues. He is also interested in the applications of biomaterials, biomechanics, biophotonics and biomimetic technology in clinical dentistry. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters in the areas of mineralized tissue biology, tissue engineering, dental materials and implantology. He is an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Prosthodontics and a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.