Kang Ting Dmd Dmsc


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry




  • DMD, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 1991
  • DMSc, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 1994


Awards and Positions

  • NIH/NIDRC and 3M Wound Healing Grant, 2002-2003
  • Willie and Earl Shepherd Memorial Award, American Association of Orthodontists, 1998
  • Cancer Research Seed Grant Award, American Cancer Society, 1997
  • Basic Science Research Award, Cleft Palate Foundation, 1996
  • Academic Senate Research Award, 1995-1998
  • Biomedical Research Award, American Association of Orthodontists, 1995-1998
  • Moorrees Research Award, Harvard Orthodontic Society, 1993
  • Finalist, E.H., Hatton Award Competition, AADRA, 1991
  • Gold Award, Harvard Odontological Society, 1991
  • Magna cum laude, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 1991

Research Interests

Interest in the molecular mechanism of craniosynostosis – premature fusion of calvarial suture and tissue engineering of bone tissues

Recent Papers


  1. James A.W., Pang S., Askarinam A., Corselli M., Zara J.N., Goyal R., Chang L., Pan A., Shen J., Yuan W., Stoker D., Zhang X., Adams J.S., Ting K., Soo C., “Additive Effects of Sonic Hedgehog and Nell-1 Signaling in Osteogenic versus Adipogenic Differentiation of Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells,” Stem Cells Dev. 2012 Jan 20. (Epub ahead of print)
  2. Chen F., Zhang X., Sun S., Zara J.N., Zou X., Chiu R., Culiat C.T., Ting K., Soo C., “NELL-1, an osteoinductive factor, is a direct transcriptional target of Osterix,” PLoS One. 2011;6(9):e24638. Epub 2011 Sep 13.
  3. Siu R.K., Zara J.N., Hou Y., James A.W., Kwak J., Zhang X., Ting K., Wu B.M., Soo C. Lee M., “NELL-1 Promotes Cartilage Regeneration in an In Vivo Rabbit Model,” Tissue Eng Part A. 2011 Oct 11. (Epub ahead of print)
  4. James A.W. Pan A., Chiang M., Zara J.N., Zhang X., Ting K., Soo C., “A new function of Nell-1 protein in repressing adipogenic differentiation,” Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2011 Jul 22;411(1):126-31. Epub 2011 Jun 23.
  5. Zhang X., Peault B., Chen W., Li W., Corselli M., James A.W. Lee M., Siu R.K., Shen P., Zheng Z., Shen J., Kwak J., Zara J.N., Chen F., Zhang H., Yin Z., Wu B., Ting K., Soo C., “The Nell-1 growth factor stimulates bone formation by purified human perivascular cells,” Tissue Eng Part A. 2011 Oct;17(19-20):2487-509. Epub 2011 Jul 18.
  6. Li W., Zara J.N., Siu R.K. Lee M., Aghaloo T., Zhang X., Wu B.M., Gertzman A.A., Ting K., Soo C., “Nell-1 enhances bone regeneration in a rat critical-sized femoral segmental defect model,” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Feb;127(2):580-7.
  7. Zara J.N., Siu R.K. Zhang X., Shen J., Ngo R., Lee M. Li W., Chiang M., Chung J., kwak J., Wu B.M., Ting K., Soo C., “High doses of bone morphogenetic protein 2 induce structurally abnormal bone and inflammation in vivo,” Tissue Eng part A. 2011 may;17(9-10):1389-99. Epub 2011 Mar 3.
  8. Zheng Z., Nguyen C., Zhang X., Korasani H., Wang J.Z., Zara J.N., Chu F., Yin W., Pang S. le A., Ting K., Soo C., “Delayed wound closure in fibromodulin-deficient mice is associated with increased TGF-β3 signaling,” J Invest Dermatol. 2011 Mar;131(3):769-78. Epub 2010 Dec 30.
  9. Siu R.K., Lu S.S., Li W., Whang J., McNeill G., Zhang X., Wu B.M., Turner A.S., Seim H.B. 3rd, Hoang P., Wang J.C., Gertzman A.A., Ting K., Soo C. “Nell-1 protein promotes bone formation in a sheep spinal fusion model,” Tissue Eng Part A. 2011 Apr;17(7-8):1123-35. Epub 2011 Feb 8.
  10. Zhang X., Ting K., Bessette C.M., Culiat C.T., Sung S.J., Lee H., Chen F., Shen J., Wang J.J., Kuroda S., Soo C., “Nell-1, a key functional mediator of Runx2, partially rescues calvarial defects in Runx2(+/-) mice,” J Bone Miner Res. 2011 Apr;26(4):777-91.