Dr. Lei Yang is a Professor in the department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Yang received his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003, and completed postdoctoral training in heart development and human stem cells at UCSD and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NYC. Dr. Yang has received several awards, including the NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2), the Young rising star award from Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference and the Transformative Project Award from AHA. Research in Dr. Yang’s lab has focused on the translational study of human heart disease. Particularly, his laboratory utilizes a combination of human embryonic stem (ES) cells, human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, mouse genetic model and tissue engineering approaches to study early stage human heart development, human inherited cardiovascular diseases and whole heart regeneration. Dr. Yang is currently a member of International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), AHA, and Biomedical Engineering Society.