Undergraduate education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS, 2007

Years in MSTP



Cellular and molecular biology, 2014


Wan-Ju Li, PhD

Thesis title

TGFβ1 and BMP7 Regulation of Chondrogenesis in Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived from Embryonic Stem Cells


General surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016-

Current position

Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health

PhD publications

Brown PT, Handorf AM, Jeon WB, Li WJ. Stem cell-based tissue engineering approaches for musculoskeletal regeneration. Curr Pharm Des. 2013 Feb 11. PMID: 23432679; PMCID: PMC3898459.

Handorf A, Brown PT, Barber J, Li WJ. Regulation of stem cell behavior using nanobiomaterials. In: M Ramalingam, P Vallittu, U Ripamonti, WJ Li (eds.), Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine: A Nano Approach. CRC Press. 2012: 299-318.

Koepsel JT, Brown PT, Loveland SG, Li WJ, Murphy WL. Combinatorial screening of chemically defined human mesenchymal stem cell culture substrates. J Mater Chem. 2012 Oct 7; 22(37):19474-19481.

Brown PT, Squire MW, Li WJ. Characterization and evaluation of mesenchymal stem cells derived from human embryonic stem cells and bone marrow. Cell Tissue Res. 2014 Oct;358(1):149-64. PMID: 24927918; PMCID: PMC4329984. 

Lee PT, Li WJ. Chondrogenesis of Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Induced by TGFβ1 and BMP7 through Increased TGFβ Receptor Expression and Endogenous TGFβ1 Production. J Cell Biochem. 2017 Jan;118(1):172-181. PMID: 27292615; PMCID: PMC5118051.