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Xu Cao

CaoXuXU CAO, the Lee H. Riley Jr., M.D., Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, received his PhD from the University of South Carolina’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. After graduating, Dr. Cao completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins, he was a professor of pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

An active investigator, Dr. Cao currently serves as co-director for the Center for Musculoskeletal Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, where he pursues research in the area of differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells. The center has been charged to integrate and further develop the musculoskeletal research program with investigators within orthopaedics and across several departments and schools at Johns Hopkins that have established research programs in skeletal biology.

In addition to working in the both the classroom and the laboratory, Dr. Cao is senior associate editor for the Journal of Bone & Mineral Research and an active member of the American Society for Bone & Mineral Research.