Dr. Yoo was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Organ Transplantation.
James Yoo received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and his M.D., M.S., and Ph.D. from Korea University Medical College. Dr. Yoo’s research efforts have been directed toward the clinical translation of tissue engineering technologies and cell-based therapies by developing new therapeutic modalities for the functional repair and replacement of diseased tissues and organs. A tissue engineering approach involves the use of bio-matrices alone, wherein the body’s natural ability to regenerate is used to orient and direct new tissue growth, or the use of matrices with cells. Recent advancement of stem cell technologies has further expanded the applications of tissue engineering and cell-based therapies. Dr. Yoo’s background in cell biology and medicine has facilitated the transfer of numerous cell-based technologies from the bench-top to the bedside. He has been involved in the engineering of applicable tissues and organs, including the blood vessels, heart valves, kidney, cartilage, bone, muscle, bladder and urethra for clinical translation. His extensive experience in cell culture, biomaterials design, surgical techniques and animal handling has contributed to achieving functional tissues and organs for successful pre-clinical and clinical studies.