Yang Chai

Specialist in craniofacial development and birth defects

Professor and Director, Center For Craniofacial Molecular Biology, Herman 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

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)