Yong Zhao MD, PhD

Founder and Owner

In 2005, Dr. Zhao discovered cord blood-derived multipotent stem cells (CB-SC) and successfully translated it into clinical use. Over the last 10 years, he has developed the Stem Cell Educator technology, starting with identification of CB-SC in cord blood and progressing to mechanistic studies in diabetic mice, preclinical studies, and, now, in FDA-approved human clinical trial. He has led several international clinical trials to test the safety and therapeutic potential of Stem Cell Educator therapy for the treatment of T1D in adults (in China and Spain) (NCT01350219), T1D in children (NCT01996228), type 2 diabetes (NCT01415726), and alopecia areata (NCT01673789). Recently, four-year follow-up studies demonstrated the long-term safety and clinical efficacy of SCE therapy for the treatment of T1D and T2D. This groundbreaking study has been noted by the American Diabetes Association at the 72nd Scientific Sessions (ADA, Philadelphia, 2012) as one of eight major diabetes breakthroughs in 2012. His work received the 2006 and 2008 Rachmiel Levine Scientific Achievement Award and was covered by CNN, USA Today, Reuters, and Science Daily. He has 40 peer-reviewed publications and owns 8 patents including 3 international PCT patents and 5 national patents in US.


MD - Clinical Medicine, Shandong Weifang Medical Science, China

MS - Immunology, Shandong Academy of Medical Science, China

PhD - Immunology, Shanghai Second Military Medical University, China

Academic Position

Post-Doc (2000 - 2004)
Department of Biology, University of Chicago / Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA

Assistant Professor, Principle Investigator (2004 - 2012)
Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA

Associate Scientist, Principle Investigator (2013 - 2018)
Department of Research, Hackensack University Medical Center, NJ, USA

Associate Scientist, Principle Investigator (2019 - now)
Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), Hackensack Meridian Health, NJ, USA

Clinical Position

1991 Residence, Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Qihe People Hospital, China

1995 Attending Doctor, Shandong University, Qianfoshan Hospital, China