Yang Chai

Specialist in craniofacial development and birth defects

University Professor and and George and MaryLou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Molecular Biology; University Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine; Director, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology; Associate Dean of Research, Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Associate Dean of Research

George and Mary Lou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Molecular Biology


  • craniofacial developmental biology
  • birth defects, including cleft palates
  • cranial neural crest cells
  • gene expression in development
  • the management of oral infection
  • human anatomy
  • stem cell biology and regenerative medicine

Additional Information

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Distinguished Scientist, International Association of Dental Research
  • Member, National Academy of Science


  • Mandarin


  • USC Dentistry: International Periodontics & Implant Symposium 2010 (Y. Chai)