Laura Niklason, PhD, MD

Nicholas Greene Professor of Anesthesiology and Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Division Chief; Vice Chair, Research

Departments & Organizations

Anesthesiology: NIH T32 Program | Niklason Lab

Vascular Biology and Therapeutics Program

Yale Stem Cell Center

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Niklason is the Nicholas M. Greene Professor at Yale University in Anesthesia and Biomedical Engineering, where she has been on faculty since 2006. Dr. Niklason’s research focuses primarily on regenerative strategies for cardiovascular and lung tissues. Niklason’s engineered blood vessels are currently in clinical trials, and are the first life-sustaining engineered tissue to be studied in any Phase III trial. Niklason’s lab was also one of the first to describe the engineering of whole lung tissue that could exchange gas in vivo, and this work was cited in 2010 as one of the top 50 most important inventions of the year by Time Magazine. She was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in 2014, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.

Niklason received her PhD in Biophysics from the University of Chicago, and her MD from the University of Michigan. She completed her residency training in anesthesia and intensive care unit medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and completed post-doctoral scientific training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Education & Training

MD University of Michigan/Ann Arbor (1991)
PhD University of Chicago (1988)
Fellow Mass General Hospital
Resident Mass General Hospital
Intern University of Michigan


  • Stem Cell Research United Kingdom (2007)

    Professor Niklason collaborates with Dr. Sanjay Sinha and Dr. Roger Pedersen of Cambridge University. Their work centers on stem cell research.

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Contact Info

Laura Niklason, PhD, MD
Mailing Address
AnesthesiologyPO Box 208089
10 Amistad Street, Room 301D

New Haven, CT 06520-8089

Niklason Lab