Dr. Boyan is currently the dean of VCU’s School of Engineering and she is a nationally acclaimed researcher and entrepreneur. Her laboratory is focused on research related to all aspects of bone and cartilage biology, from basic science studies on steroid hormone signaling to the use of cells for regenerative medicine strategies, focusing on how cells interact with biomaterial surfaces. Her work in the bone and cartilage field began with studies to understand the underlying mechanisms of mineralized tissue formation. Dean Boyan’s recent research developments include novel technologies for controlling nanotexture on metal and polymer surfaces in order to study cell responses, as well as microCT imaging technologies using a contrast agent that specifically targets the vasculature. 

She was previously the associate dean for research and innovation at the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she has been involved in research and education since 1974.  Dean Boyan received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. while studying biology at Rice University, and is the recipient of many scholarly and national awards. In 2012, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. A leader and member of many professional and academic organizations, she is an active proponent of collaboration and interdisciplinary studies within the university.

  • Ph.D., Rice University, 1975 M.A.
  • Rice University, 1974 B.A.
  • Rice University, 1970
  • Mechanism of action of hormones and growth factors in chondrocytes and osteoblasts
  • Normal and pathological calcification
  • Tissue engineering
  • Response of cells to biomaterials