Dr. Dayong Gao is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. His major research focuses on the following areas: (1) fundamental and applied cryobiology: revealing the mechanisms of cryoinjury to living biological systems at low temperatures, and development of optimal methods, novel technology, and instruments for long-term cryopreservation/banking of living cells, tissues, and organs for cellular and gene therapy, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and organ transplantation; (2) development of a new generation of artificial organs, especially artificial kidney and liver systems for treatment of end-stage kidney and liver failure; and (3) bio-instruments and micro/nano-sensors (BioMEMS) for rapid and cost-effective diagnosis of diseases with high sensitivity and specificity.
Professor Gao is well-known in the fields of cryobiology and cryobiomedical engineering with applications in cryopreservation, regenerative medicine, gene and cell therapy, bio-instruments, artificial organs, and organ transplantation. He has been elected as the Present-Elect 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.