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Professor and Ernest R. Norville Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: Dr. Yao’s research expertise spans a spectrum of topics ranging from basic research on cartilage/bone mechanobiology to translational research of orthopaedic/dental implants, tools and therapeutics. His team’s work contributed to the world’s first demonstration of a functional full synovial joint regeneration. The research is conducted at multiscale levels from whole body to single cells, including imaging based joint kinematics (body level), tissue characterization and constitutive modeling (tissue level), single cell mechanics and mechanobiology (cell level), and molecular transport and assembling (molecular level). This approach provides new perspectives on understanding of skeletal tissue degeneration and regeneration processes by bringing together the principles of biomechanics, biomaterials, and biology.
Chair and Professor of Bioengineering
Executive Director for CUBEInC
Professor of Public Health Sciences
Associate Vice President for Health Research
Chief Science Officer for Greenville Health System
Research Interests: Dr. Sherrill's health research spans diverse disciplines, including health finance and policy, health services evaluation, health disparities and health management education. Her work has been funded by NIH, AHRQ, HRSA and health related foundations. In her role as Associate VP for Health Research at Clemson University and Chief Science Officer at the Greenville Health System, she has been instrumental in facilitating collaborations between Clemson investigators and clinician scientists at GHS and other health system partners. She provides key leadership for this initiative and supports clinician engagement, project development, and clinical translation.
Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology
Research Interests: Dr. Kern’s current research is focused on congenital birth defects particularly cleft palate, tooth malformations, salivary gland defects, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and intervertebral discs (IVD). The research in his lab is particularly focused on a group of 16 human homeobox genes that play a role in the development of many of these tissues. His research is also highly collaborative in working with Clemson faculty such as Dr. Hai Yao. He has studied the TMJ and IVD how it is altered in function, composition, cellular activity, and molecular aspects of diffusion and energy consumption.