Yang Chai

Specialist in craniofacial development and birth defects
  • Associate Dean of Research, Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
  • University Professor and George and MaryLou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Molecular Biology
  • Associate Dean of Research
  • Director, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology
Office: (213) 740-1522


  • craniofacial developmental biology
  • birth defects, including cleft palates
  • cranial neural crest cells
  • gene expression in development
  • the management of oral infection
  • human anatomy
  • stem cell biology and regenerative medicine


  • Mandarin

Additional Information

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Distinguished Scientist, International Association of Dental Research
  • Member, National Academy of Science