Tony Yuan


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Associate Director of Research, Center for Biotechnology (4DBio3)
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Molecular Biology, Organ-on-a-Chip, Tissue Engineering, Organoids, Exposure
Environmental Sensing, Diagnostic Technology, Biotechnology
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University of Texas at Dallas (B.A.) Biology
Northwestern University (M.S.) Biotechnology
University of Texas at San Antonio/ UT Health San Antonio (Ph.D.) Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Yuan has over 14 years of experience in DoD research and program management with educational expertise in biomedical engineering, with a broad spectrum of experience in biomaterial development, molecular biology, regenerative medicine, and infectious disease. His early DoD research career at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, MD in 2010 focused on infectious diseases. In 2016, he received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas – San Antonio where he is currently part of the Adjunct Program Faculty. Post-graduation Dr. Yuan accepted a Research Staff Scientist position at Naval Medical Research Unit in San Antonio, TX focusing on developing novel electrospun nanomaterials for wound healing and tissue engineering applications. In 2019, he joined the 59th Medical Wing as the Senior Scientist at the Center for Advanced Molecular Detection (CAMD) located in San Antonio, Texas building vital funded research proposals focusing on various aspects of military health ranging from infectious disease to PTSD, exploring far-reaching areas of inquiry focusing on the psychosocial health of mothers in the military community. Dr. Yuan’s early success in building research programs transitioned into the lead scientist role for the Joint Integrative Clinical Medicine Directorate within the 59th Medical Wing Science & Technology Office in 2020, his initiatives leading to research efforts in unconventional exposures research, infectious disease diagnostics, and orthopedic innovations for requirement-based military research. Recently, Dr. Yuan transitioned Department of Radiology with Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor as well as the Associate Director of Research for the Center for Biotechnology focusing on building a research and technology transition program aimed at delivering warfighter-focused needs. Additionally, he leads partnerships with private and academic entities to transition innovations to promptly meet current military needs.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholar

USUHS School of Medicine Impact Award

Representative Bibliography

Silvosa, M.J., Romo Mercado, N., Merlock, N., Vidhate, S., Mejia‐Alvarez, R., Yuan, T., Willis, A.M. and Lybrand, Z.R. (2022). Understanding primary blast injury: High frequency pressure acutely disrupts neuronal network dynamics in cerebral organoids. Journal of neurotrauma.

Sanchez AO, Ochoa AR, Hall SL, Voelker CR, Mahoney RE, McDaniel JS, Blackburn A, Asin SN, Yuan TT. (2022). Comparison of Next Generation Diagnostic Systems (NGDS) for the Detection of SARS‐CoV‐2 Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis. 00:e24285. doi:10.1002/jcla.24285

Weis, KL, Yuan, TT, Walker, KC, Gibbons, TF, & Chan, W (2021). Associations between Physiological Biomarkers and Psychosocial Measures of Pregnancy‐Specific Anxiety and Depression with Support Intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(15), 8043

Jones, K., Williams, C., Yuan, T., Digeorge‐Foushee, A.M., Wilson, R.C., Burton, T., Hamlin, C.N. and Martinez, L., 2021. Comparative in vitro study of commercially available products for alveolar ridge preservation. Journal of Periodontology.

Weis, K. L., Walker, K. C., Chan, W., Yuan, T. T., & Lederman, R. P. (2020). Risk of Preterm Birth and Newborn Low Birthweight in Military Women with Increased Pregnancy‐Specific Anxiety. Military Medicine, 185(5‐6), e678‐e685.

Yuan TT, Jenkins PM, DiGeorge Foushee AM, Jockheck‐Clark AR, Stahl JM. Electrospun chitosan/polyethylene scaffolds with potential antibacterial wound dressing applications. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2016.

Yuan, TT, et al. "Development of Electrospun Chitosan‐Polyethylene Oxide/Fibrinogen Biocomposite for Potential Wound Healing Applications." Nanoscale research letters 13.1 (2018): 88.

Watters C, Yuan TT, Rumbaugh KP. Beneficial and deleterious bacterial‐host interactions in chronic wound pathophysiology. Chronic Wound Care Management and Research 2015:2 53‐62.

Endler B, Dory R, Yuan TT, DeSilva MN. Design and evaluation of integrated electrospinning software. Defense Technical Information Center 2015

Forbes NA, Yuan TT, DeSilva MN. Silver nanoparticle storage stability in aqueous and biological medium. Defense Technical Information Center 2015