Message from Dr. Woo

Dr. Savio Woo

For five decades, 645 of us (engineers, biologists, physicians, surgeons and staff members) worked together seamlessly to perform cutting-edge, clinically relevant research.

We are known for:

I. Our pioneering work on 1) biomechanical and viscoelastic properties of ligaments and tendons, 2) robotics based (in-vitro and in-vivo) joint mechanics and function, and 3) bioscaffold and degradable metallic material (Magnesium) to heal and regenerate of ligaments and tendons – from the molecular, cellular, tissue, and joint levels.

II. Successfully educated students and fellows. All have gone on to important careers. Our proudest accomplishment was that each and every undergraduate who desired to matriculate to a medical school had successfully enrolled and earned his/her M.D degree (100%).

III. Earned a national and international reputation of excellence for our translational work – applying our basic scientific knowledge to benefit patients! “Controlled Motion is Good!”

IV. Proudly served the orthopaedic sports medicine and biomechanics communities by playing leadership roles in professional organizations including ISL&T, WACBE, ORS, BMES, ASME, ASB, USNCB, WCB, AOSSM, AANA, ISAKOS, ISFR, ESSKA, AAOS, Magellan, Herodicus and so on.

This updated website will now feature a number of our outstanding fellows and students. Not only do we want to celebrate their many accomplishments, but also to use this platform to establish (and re-establish) connections amongst ourselves.

Savio L-Y. Woo, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Hon), D.Eng. (Hon)
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Founding Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center
University of Pittsburgh
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering
Director, Orthopaedic Bioengineering Laboratory
University of California, San Diego

Recent Events

OBL & MSRC Alumni Accolades

2023 Savio L-Y. Woo Distinguished Lectureship

On January 12, 2023, Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic delivered the Savio L-Y Woo Distinguished lecture at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic is University Professor, the first engineer to receive this highest academic rank at Columbia Read more…

IEEE Fellow Program

Congratulations to Dr Zong-Ming Li who was named a member of the IEEE Fellow Class of 2023. IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields Read more…

NIH Grant Award

Congratulations to Dr. Alejandro Almarza who was awarded with a Restoring Joint Health and Function to Reduce Pain (RE-JOIN) Consortium Project (1UC2AR082196-01) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  This is a multi-Principal investigator award with Dr. Read more…

Dr. Song Promoted to Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Yuhua Song who has been promoted to Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham effective October 1, 2022.  Dr. Song was previously served as a post-doctoral for Read more…

ASME’s 141st President

OBL and MSRC alumni Karen Ohland has officially begun her term as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 141st President, effective July 1. Karen was Dr. Woo’s laboratory manager at UCSD and helped make Read more…