Rocky Tuan, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Tuan is currently Co-Director of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, a U.S. Department of Defense funded, national, multi-institutional consortium focused on developing translational regenerative therapies for battlefield injuries. Two recent appointments include (1) Associate Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and (2) Founding Director of the Center for Military Medicine, both at the University of Pittsburgh. At the University of Pittsburgh, he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2014, and received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award in 2015. In 2016, Dr. Tuan received the Carnegie Science Award in Life Sciences and the Clemson Award from the Society for Biomaterials. Dr. Tuan joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016 as a Distinguished Visiting Professor, and the Founding Director of the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Tuan is also a Trustee in his alma mater, Berea College. A widely cited author of over 450 research papers, Dr. Tuan has lectured extensively, and is currently Editor of the developmental biology journal, BIRTH DEFECTS RESEARCH and Founding Editor of STEM CELL RESEARCH AND THERAPY. 

Dr. Tuan directs a multidisciplinary research program, which focuses on orthopaedic research as a study of the biological activities that are important for the development, growth, function, and health of musculoskeletal tissues, and the translation of this knowledge to develop technologies that will regenerate and/or restore function to diseased and damaged skeletal tissues, particularly related to trauma, injuries, and aging.  Ongoing research projects are directed towards multiple aspects of skeletal and related biology, including skeletal development, stem cells, growth factor signaling, bone-biomaterial interaction, extracellular matrix and cell-matrix interaction, nanotechnology, biomaterials, 3D printing, tissue-on-a-chip, mechanobiology, microgravity effects, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering, utilizing an integrated experimental approach combining contemporary technologies of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, embryology and development, cellular imaging, and engineering.