Dr. Shang Song

Dr. Shang Song

Principle Investigator
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Dr. Song works with organ-on-chip systems and leads investigations on artificial implantable organs through engineering approaches and cell-manipulating biomaterials. Her work has helped applications in neural regeneration, muscle rehabilitation, diabetes treatment, and bone tissue engineering. Her goals are to contribute to the fundamental scientific knowledge at the intersection of biology, engineering, and medicine. Dr. Song joined University of Arizona in 2022 and aspires to advance new diagnostics and therapeutics that better serve the patients in need, help the physicians, as well as improve the public health outcome.   

Dr. Song completed her PhD from University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and University of California San Francisco (UCSF), advised by Dr. Shuvo Roy, Dr. Qizhi Tang, and Dr. Tejal Desai. Her graduate work focused on the development of bioartificial organs and study of interaction between stem cells and biomaterials with engineering and molecular techniques. She received her postdoctoral training on neural repair and neuromuscular recovery techniques through electrical stimulation on stem cell functions under Dr. Paul George and Dr. Thomas Rando at Stanford University. Dr. Song is the recipient of multiple academic awards and fellowships from the National Institute of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Service Awards (NIH NRSA F32), the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, amongst many others. Her work received further support from the general public and the industry including being named Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30, Rising Star in Biomedical by MIT & Johns Hopkins University, Rising Star in Engineering in Health by Columbia University, Baxter’s Young Investigator’s Award 1st Tier winner, Amgen Scholar, and Foundation Capital's Founder’s Program Finalist.

Dr. Song obtained her BS with honors in biomedical engineering from Brown University with support of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. She grew up with her Chinese immigrant parents in the public school system of Guam (US) next to the American military bases. She’s passionate about helping first-generation college students and students from underprivileged backgrounds.


  • Ph.D. UC Berkeley & UCSF
  • B.S. Brown University
  • George Washington High School, Mangilao, Guam (US)