Xiu-Ping Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Developmental Biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wang received her M.D. and D.M.D degrees from Beijing Medial University, China, and then joined in the PhD program at Dr. Irma Thesleff’s laboratory in the University of Helsinki, Finland, studying genetic regulations of craniofacial and tooth development. Dr. Wang moved to Boston in 2004 did her postdoctoral training with Dr. Richard Maas in the Division of Genetics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, continuing working on tooth development and tooth regeneration. Her study on the molecular mechanisms underlying secondary dentition formation was awarded the William J. Gies Award for Biology Research by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and her study on the molecular regulation of dental stem cells was featured on the cover of Developmental Cell and was awarded the IADR Bernard G. Sarnat Award in Craniofacial Biology. Dr. Wang was the receipt of Harvard School of Dental Medicine Dean’s Scholar Award, and serves as a peer reviewer for craniofacial and tooth development in several journals. Dr. Wang recently discovered that adult mouse oral tissues still possess the potential to form completely mineralized extra teeth. This finding has major implications for the regeneration of teeth in adult humans. Dr. Wang’s most recent research, now integrating genetic and developmental information with tissue engineering and stem cell approaches, explores the potential applicability of this paradigm to human dental tissues.