Penn Dental Medicine

Departments & Faculty

Songtao Shi, DDS, MS, PhD

Chair and Professor
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology

Education

  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology, 1989-1994
  • Peking University, School of Stomatology, Beijing, China, Specialist Program in Pediatric Dentistry (M.S.), 1983-1986
  • Peking University, School of Stomatology, Beijing, China, Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) program, 1978-1983
    Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments:
  • Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch, NIDCR/NIH, Skeletal Biology Section, Clinical Fellow (Supervisor), 2002-2003
  • Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch, NIDCR/NIH, Skeletal Biology Section, Clinical Fellow, 1999-2001
  • Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch, NIDCR/NIH Skeletal Biology Section Contractor and IRTA fellow,1997-1998
  • University of California at San Francisco, Dr. Arnold J. Kahn’s Laboratory, Postdoctoral fellow, 1994-1997
  • University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California, Department of Growth and Development, Postdoctoral training, 1994-1997

Honors/Credentials

  • Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Professor, 2011-2014
  • Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Tenured Associate Professor, 2008-2011
  • Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Assistant Professor, 2006-2008
  • University of Southern California, Doheny Eye Institute, Dr. Isaac Bekhor’s, Laboratory, Research Associate, 1989-1994
  • Peking University, School of Stomatology, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Assistant Professor, 1986-1989
  • IAIR Distinguished Scientist Award for Pulp Biology & Regeneration, 2013
  • Guest Professor of the Central South University, 2011 โ€“ 2015
  • Leadership Institute Fellow, American Dental Education Association, 2010*
  • Changjiang Scholar of the 4th Military Medical University, 2010 โ€“ 2013
  • Guest Professor of the Tongji University, 2010 โ€“ 2014
  • Associate Editor of Oral Diseases, 2005-present
  • Academic Editor, PLoS ONE, 2010-present
  • Editorial board of Chinese Journal of Dental Research
  • Editorial board of World Journal of Stem Cells
  • Editorial Board of Frontiers in Craniofacial Biology
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics

Research Interests

Dr. Shi, Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, leads an accomplished research program that focuses on the characterization of human mesenchymal stem cells and the relationship between mesenchymal stem cells and orofacial diseases at the molecule and cellular levels. Along with his collaborators, his lab has isolated and identified several new populations of mesenchymal stem cells, including dental pulp stem cells, stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth, periodontal ligament stem cells, stem cells from apical papilla, and tendon stem/progenitor cells. These discoveries are enabling further investigations of these oral-tissue-derived stem cells and their use in tissue engineering, disease modeling, and clinical treatment. Dr. Shi and his collaborators were the first to use mesenchymal stem cells to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), periodontitis, and regenerate pulp tissue in patients. Dr. Shi was recognized for his research activities with the 2013 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Pulp Biology & Regeneration.

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Songtao Shi, DDS, MS, PhD
Penn
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University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
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