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Matthew Silva, PhD

Simon Tang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Interests
Biological mechanisms regulating the quality and the biomechanical function of skeletal tissues; effects of mechanical signals on bone functional adaptation; molecular mechanisms relating to degeneration and pain of the intervertebral disc; tissue engineering and regenerative strategies using novel biomaterials.

Dr. Tang received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters and PhD in Biomedical Engineering on failure mechanisms of bone due to nonenzymatic glycation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY).  He did his postdoctoral work in examining the biological mechanisms regulating skeletal matrix quality and function under the guidance of Dr. Tamara Alliston, PhD, in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California, San Francisco.

Harold M. Frost Young Investigator Award – Sun Valley Workshop on Musculoskeletal Biology and American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, 2012

Ellison Medical Foundation Fellow – Fellowship for Molecular Biology of Aging at the Marine Biology Labs in Woodshole, MA, 2012

John Haddad Young Investigator in Bone and Mineral Metabolism – Advances in Mineral Metabolism, 2012

President’s Poster Competition Finalist – American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, 2010

Young Investigator Award – World Spine Research Forum, Montreal, 2010

Young Investigator Award – Bone Hierarchical Simulation Workshop, UCLA, 2010

Univ. Calif. San Francisco Postdoctoral Travel Grant – UCSF, 2008

Karen and Lester Gerhardt Prize in Science and Engineering – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2008

Zelda and David Gisser Prize in Biomedical Engineering – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2008

Alice Jee Young Investigator Award  - NIH Sun Valley Workshop on Skeletal Biology. 2007.

Ph.D. paper competition – finalist. American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Bioengineering. 2006.

Webster Jee Young Investigator Award - winner. International Chinese Hard Tissue Society. 2006.

Paul D. Fitch Travel Grant. Dept. Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 2005.

Bachelors Degree
University of California, Berkeley; Mechanical Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Troy, NY; Biomedical Engineering

University of California, San Francisco; Orthopaedic Surgery

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