Ming Pei was born in Jiangsu, China in 1968. He studied medicine at Xuzhou Medical College and earned an MD in 1991, then went to Shanghai Medical University (now Fudan University Shanghai Medical College) for an MS in 1996, and finally to Beijing Medical University (now Peking University Health Science Center) for a PhD in 1999. He worked as an Orthopaedic Resident at the Department of Orthopaedics at Huaiyin Second People’s Hospital from 1991-1993 and at the Department of Orthopaedics at Shanghai Zhongshan Hospital from 1993-1996 (Chief Resident from 1995-1996). Dr. Pei trained as a Postdoctoral Associate in cartilage tissue engineering at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) from 1999-2002 (under the supervision of Drs. Lisa Freed and Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic in Bob Langer’s Lab) and as a Research Fellow in stem cell and cartilage regeneration at the Department of Orthopaedics, Brown University from 2002-2005. He was a tenure-track Assistant Professor from 2005-2011 and was tenured as an Associate Professor in 2011 at the Department of Orthopaedics, West Virginia University. Dr. Pei is also an Adjunct Professor in both the Division of Exercise Physiology (EXPH) and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at West Virginia University.
Ming Pei’s research interests include (1) cartilage, bone, intervertebral disc, and meniscus tissue engineering and regeneration; (2) adult stem cell proliferation and differentiation; (3) decellularized stem cell matrix and reconstruction of an in vitro 3D microenvironment; and (4) chondrogenic, osteogenic, and adipogenic signaling pathways and epigenetic regulation. He has served as a Member of the Faculty of 1000 for Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, Musculoskeletal Repair & Regeneration (2013-), and the F1000 Research Advisory Board (2014-). He is a Standing Member (Membership & Bylaw Committee Meeting) in the International Cartilage Research Society (ICRS) for the 2015-2016 term of office. Dr. Pei is also on the Editorial Board for 20+ journals (2010-) and a Reviewer for 60+ journals (including PNAS, Biomaterials, JCI, JPR, eCM, Nanomedicine, etc.), the Annual Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) meeting abstracts (2007-), and 10+ federal and international funding agencies.