Dayong Gao

Origincell Endowed Professorship
Mechanical Engineering

Adjunct Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Dayong Gao is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Cryo-Biomedical Engineering and Artificial Organs. Prior to joining the University of Washington, he was a professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at the University of Kentucky where he was elected and honored as Alumni Professor and Baxter Healthcare Corp Chair in Engineering.

Dr. Gao’s work has been recognized and supported through numerous awards and grants from research funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Whitaker Foundation, Washington Research Foundation, and many industries. Supported by major grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and NIH, he currently serves as the Director and PI of an international consortium to investigate and develop optimal conditions and technology for cryopreservation of human mucosal immune cells and tissues for HIV vaccine and new drug/microbicide development and assessment.

Dr. Gao has authored/co-authored over 230 original research papers in prestigious journals, published 2 books and 21 chapters in 17 books, and obtained over 30 patents. He has successfully collaborated with industrial companies (e.g. Baxter Healthcare Corp, Gambro, Nexstage, Ashashy, Lifebank, General Biotechnology, Biolife Solutions, etc.) in research and serves on the Scientific and Medical Advisory Boards. He has also delivered numerous invited plenary presentations, keynote speeches, and seminars in major international conferences, research institutions, and universities. Currently, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electronics Cooling and Thermal Control, the Deputy Editor of the Biopreservation and Biobanking journal, and as an Editorial Board member of eight other scientific journals. He has been serving on a number of committees in scientific organizations, societies, and associations.

Dr. Gao is well-known as one of the most innovative researchers and world leaders in cryobiology and cryobiomedical engineering with applications in cryopreservation, regenerative medicine, gene and cell therapy, bio-instruments, artificial organs, and organ transplantation. He was elected as the President and Fellow of the Society for Cryobiology (International Society for Low Temperature Biology and Medicine) in 2016. He served as Chairman of the 2004 World Conference in Cryobiology and Cryomedicine, Co-Chairman of the 1996 Annual Society for Cryobiology Conference, and will serve again as Chairman of the International Conference of Cryobiology and Biobanking in 2017. In addition, Dr. Gao has actively collaborated with hospitals and corporations since 1991 to support and promote biobanking in medical practice and cell-tissue transplantation, and successfully developed new techniques, protocols, and instruments for long-term cryopreservation of human sperm/oocytes/ovarian tissues, pancreatic islets, skins, arteries, corneas, bone marrow and umbilical cord blood-derived hematopoietic stem cells, platelets, adipose cells/tissues/stem cells, and engineered tissues, etc. Furthermore, based on his great contributions in the field of artificial organs, Dr. Gao was honored as UK Alumni Professor and Baxter-Healthcare Corporation Chair of Engineering at University of Kentucky. His research work and achievements in artificial organs were reflected in his chapters and writings in a number of magisterial books, including “Pediatric Dialysis,” “Critical Care Nephrology,” “Chronic Kidney Disease: Dialysis and Transplantation,” “Handbook of Dialysis Therapy,” “Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering,” “Artificial Kidney: Fundamentals, Research Approaches and Advances,” “Artificial Kidney: Engineering Approaches,” etc.


  • Ph.D., Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 1992
  • B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China

Research Statement

Professor Gao's research focuses on the following areas:

  1. Fundamental and applied cryobiology: revealing the mechanisms of cryoinjury to living biological systems at low temperatures, and development of optimal methods, novel technology, and instruments for long-term cryopreservation/banking of living cells, tissues, and organs for cellular and gene therapy, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and organ transplantation.
  2. Development of a new generation of artificial organs, especially artificial kidney and liver systems for treatment of end-stage kidney and liver failure.
  3. Bio-instruments and micro/nano-sensors (BioMEMS) for rapid and cost-effective diagnosis of diseases with high sensitivity and specificity.

Honors & awards

  • The Luyet Medal, 2017
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award, 2014
  • Asian American Engineer of the Year Award, 2013
  • Honorary Great Master Chair Professor, University of Science and Technology of China