Vincent Wang, Ph.D.

Kevin P. Granata Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor
Wang Vincent 1
339 Kelly Hall
325 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Solid mechanics

Research Interests

  • Tendon healing and repair
  • Skeletal tissue mechanobiology
  • Orthopedic biomechanics
  • Reproductive biomechanics


  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine: Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-2005 
  • Columbia University: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2001 
  • Columbia University: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1996 
  • Columbia University: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1994

Awards, Honors, and Service

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Kevin P. Granata Faculty Fellow (Virginia Tech), August 2016 - present 
  • Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) Junior Investigator Grant, 2011 
  • Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA), National Institutes of Health, 2003-2005 
  • Sheng Fellowship, Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science, Columbia University, 1999-00 
  • Charles S. Neer Award for basic science research, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society, 1996 


  • Chair, Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Media Relations and Communications Committee, 2018 
  • BMES 2018 Track Chair, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation 
  • Associate Editor, Connective Tissue Research, 2015-present 
  • NIH SBSR/SBIR/STTR ad hoc reviewer, 2013-present

Recent Publications

Sikes KJ, Li J, Gao SG, Shen Q, Sandy JD, Plaas A, Wang VM. TGF-b1 or Hypoxia Enhance Glucose Metabolism and Lactate Production via HIF1A Signaling in Tendon Cells. Connect Tissue Res. 2018, in press

Virk MS, Bruce B, Hussey KE, Thomas JM, Luthringer TA, Shewman EF, Wang VM, Verma NN, Romeo AA, Cole BJ.  Biomechanical Performance of Medial Row Suture Placement Relative to the Musculotendinous Junction in Transosseous Equivalent Suture Bridge Double-Row Rotator Cuff Repair.  Arthroscopy, 33(2):242-250, 2017

Trella KJ, Li J, Stylianou E, Frank JM, Wang VM, Galante JO, Sandy JD, Plaas A, Wysocki RW. Differential promoter methylation in a genome-wide analysis of CpG sites identifies Leprel2, Foxf1, Mmp25, Igfbp6 and Peg12 as disease-associated genes in murine Achilles tendinopathy.  J Orthop Res, 35(5):947-955, 2017

Friel NA, McNickle AG, DeFranco MJ, Wang FC, Shewman EF, Verma NN, Cole BJ, Bach BR Jr., Chubinskaya S, Kramer SM, Wang VM.  The Effect of Highly Purified Capsaicin on Articular Cartilage and Rotator Cuff Tendon Healing: An In Vivo Rabbit Study.  J Orthop Res, 33(12):1854-60, 2015.

Wang VM, Karas V, Lee AS, Yin Z, Van Thiel GS, Hussey K, Sumner DR, Chubinskaya S, Magin RL, Verma NN, Romeo AA, Cole BJ.  Assessment of Glenoid Chondral Healing: Comparison of Microfracture to Autologous Matrix Induced Chondrogenesis in a Novel Rabbit Shoulder Model.  J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 24(11):1789-800, 2015.

Yanke A, Bell R, Lee A, Shewman EF, Wang VM, Bach BR Jr. Regional Mechanical Properties of Human Patellar Tendon Allografts.  Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, 23(4): 961-967, 2015.

Frank RM, Mall NA, Gupta D, Shewman EF, Wang VM, Romeo AA, Cole BJ, Bach BR Jr., Provencher MT, Verma NN.  Inferior Suture Anchor Placement During Arthroscopic Bankart Repair: Influence of Portal Placement and Curved Drill Guide.  Am J Sports Med, 42(5):1182-9, 2014.

Bell RM, Li J, Shewman EF, Galante JO, Cole BJ, Bach BR Jr., Troy KL, Mikecz K, Sandy JD, Plaas AH, Wang VM.  ADAMTS5 Is Required for Biomechanically-Stimulated Healing of Murine Tendinopathy.  J Orthop Res, 31(10):1540-8, 2013  

Yanke A, Bell RM, Lee AS, Shewman EF, Wang VM, Bach BR Jr. Central Third Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone Allografts Demonstrate Superior Biomechanical Failure Characteristics Compared to Hemi-Patellar Tendon Grafts. Am J Sports Med, 41(11):2521-6, 2013.

Bell RM, Li J, Gorski DJ, Bartels A, Shewman EF, Bach BR Jr., Cole BJ, Wysocki R, Mikecz K, Sandy JD, Plaas AH, Wang VM.  Controlled Treadmill Exercise Removes Chondroid Deposits and Restores Tensile Properties in a New Murine Tendinopathy Model.  J Biomech, 46(3):498–505, 2013