Yeh-Hsing Lao PhD

Yeh-Hsing Lao

Yeh-Hsing Lao

Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

School of Pharmacy

Specialty/Research Focus

Biomedical Engineering; Blood-Brain Barrier and Drug Delivery; Gene Therapy; Nanoparticles; Nanotechnology

Contact Information
301 Pharmacy Building
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: (716) 829-2112

Professional Summary:

Our lab’s research focuses on three main areas:
(1) Gene editing. Emerging CRISPR technologies provide new opportunities to advance gene therapy. Efficient delivery and gene targeting specificity are the two keys to realizing the full potential of CRISPR gene editing. We are tackling these two main barriers via both delivery and molecular engineering innovations.
(2) Drug and gene delivery. We are building new toolkits ranging from viral vectors, nanomaterials, cells, and physical methods to improve the drug and gene delivery efficiency and specificity. Our bioengineering approaches help us address the transport questions in different challenging disease and tissue targets.
(3) In vitro screening. Our in vitro physiological systems (tumor and tissue chips) allow us to study the interactions between cells, drug-cell, and cell-microenvironment. These are more physiologically relevant platforms for evaluating the pharmacokinetics of biologics.

Education and Training:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University (2022)
  • PhD, Columbia University (2019)


  • Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy (2022-present)

Awards and Honors:

  • Career Development Award, American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (2021)
  • Morton B. Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence, Columbia University (2019)
  • Yuen-huo Hung and Chao-chin Huang Award in Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University (2019)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy


  • "Y.-H. Lao, CRISPR Technology for Gene Therapy and Disease Modeling (invited talk)" WNY Hemostasis Thrombosis Research Symposium (2023)
  • "Y.-H. Lao, Spatially-Controlled Brain Gene Editing Guided by Noninvasive Focused Ultrasound (invited talk)" 25th ASGCT Annual Meeting (2022)

Service Activities:

  • Member, New Investigator Committee, American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (2023–present)

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Contact Information

301 Pharmacy Building
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: (716) 829-2112