Welcoming Dr. Alice Huang to the Carroll Laboratories

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Alice H. Huang, PhD

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center is thrilled to welcome Dr. Alice Huang as the newest faculty member of the Carroll Laboratories for Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Huang joins the department on August 1, 2021 as an associate professor of bioengineering in orthopedic surgery. Established in 2015, the Carroll Laboratories lead the basic and translational research efforts of Columbia Orthopedics and support faculty and trainees seeking to solve critical orthopedic problems using cutting-edge approaches.

Dr. Huang has developed a leading research program in musculoskeletal development and regeneration, with a focus on connective tissues. Her unique approach combines developmental biology with tissue engineering to develop regenerative strategies for intractable clinical problems such as tendon healing and intervertebral disc degeneration. “I'm extremely excited to be joining the Carroll Laboratories and continuing my research in regeneration," says Dr. Huang. "It is a special feeling to be returning to Columbia, where I was first introduced to Biomedical Engineering and to research as an undergraduate student. I look forward to establishing new collaborations and research directions with the surgeons and basic scientists.”

After completing her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, Dr. Huang went on to the University of Pennsylvania to get a PhD in Bioengineering. She expanded her expertise with a postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Biology at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Portland before beginning her faculty career at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

"Dr. Huang's work has the potential to transform our treatment approaches for connective tissue disorders," says Dr. Stavros Thomopoulos, Director of the Carroll Laboratories. "By combining approaches from biomedical engineering and developmental biology – disciplines that have historically been distinct – Dr. Huang has created a unique research program. I am very excited that she’s joining us and cannot wait to work with her.”