Professor Yang Xia
Yang Xia completed his MSc (1989) and PhD (1992) dissertation research under the guidance of Paul T Callaghan at Massey University (New Zealand). The topics of his dissertations were the physics of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the quantitative MRI of polymer dynamics and plant vascular flows at microscopic resolutions. After a two-year postdoctoral research at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York), Yang joined the Physics Faculty at Oakland University and now holds the rank of Distinguished Professor (in Medical Physics).
At Oakland University since 1994, Professor Xia’s major research effort is on the study of articular cartilage in osteoarthritis, using multidisciplinary microscopic imaging techniques (microscopic MRI, polarized light microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared microscopy, microscopic computer tomography) together with biochemical assays and biomechanical testing. Professor Xia’s research has been funded continuously by four 5-year R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since January 1999. More information on his research and publication can be found from his website: http://www.oakland.edu/~xia