Lian named 2016 Young Innovator by the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. –  Xiaojun (Lance) Lian, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Penn State, was recently named a 2016 Young Innovator by the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.

As one of eleven Young Innovators selected for 2016, Lian was cited for his research work that examines Wnt signaling in human pluripotent stem cells using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. 

This year’s Young Innovators were selected among a highly competitive pool of candidates in a search process that was initiated during fall 2015. Selected recipients, who are also required to be members of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), will present their research at the 2016 BMES Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota  October 5 - 8, 2016. 

Lian, who joined the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2015, is the primary investigator of the Pluripotent Stem Cell Engineering Lab. 

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering from Zhejiang University, China, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to joining Penn State, he completed postdoctoral training as a fellow at Harvard University where he specialized in stem cell and regenerative medicine.  

Lian’s notable research accomplishments include one of the first documented demonstrations of producing essentially pure populations of human heart muscle cells from pluripotent stem cells, a project for which he was awarded the Cozzarelli Prize by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Lian also holds joint appointments in the Department of Biology and The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

For a full list of 2016 CMBE Young Innovators, please visit


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Mindy Krause



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