Rocky S. Tuan ’72 to Share Research in Stem Cells, Skeletal Tissue Engineering and Regeneration

Dr. Rocky Tuan

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring Berea alumnus Dr. Rocky S. Tuan, a prominent biomedical scientist who will discuss using adult stem cells, 3D printing, and nanomaterial technologies. The convocation will take place Thursday, October 19, at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

Born in Hong Kong, Tuan currently serves as the Director of the Cellular and Molecular Engineering Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. His research regarding musculoskeletal biology and tissue regeneration covers science and engineering, and also translational and clinical applications. Tuan directs a multidisciplinary program focused on orthopedic research studying biological activities crucial to the overall development and health of musculoskeletal tissues aimed at developing technology that would regenerate and/or restore function to diseased and damaged skeletal tissues.

On January 1, 2018 Tuan will begin serving as the eighth Vice-Chancellor and President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His six-year term succeeds Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung.

The Berea community is delighted to have Dr. Tuan return to his alma mater to share his insights about adult stem cells and biomimetic scaffolds for skeletal tissue engineering and regeneration involving the repair, renovation, and re-creation of cells in this Berea College Science Lecture.


Convocation events, which are provided to both the campus and public communities, are a significant part of a student’s educational experience at Berea College. Visit https://www.berea.edu/convocations for the schedule of other convocations this academic year. All convocations are free and open to the public.


Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.