Research Faculty & Interests

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General Dentistry/Geriatric Dentistry

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Health Policy and Health Services

Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Molecular and Cell Biology

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Pediatric Dentistry

Periodontology

Restorative Sciences/ Biomaterials

General Dentistry/Geriatric Dentistry

Health services and access to oral health care for under served population.

Radiology imaging and interpretation.

Oral health contribution, immunology and host response to systemic health; Glucose metabolism and nutrition; Statistical modeling to predict disease or clinical outcomes.

Geriatric oral research focusing on the development of dental outcome measures; periodontal care and glycemic control.

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Health Policy and Health Services Research

Epidemiology.

Public health; Oral Health Disparities.

Public health.

Cardiology; Oral health disparities.

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Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Microbiology

Embryo Development in Cancer

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Molecular and Cell Biology

Molecular mechanisms of RNA processing in trypanosomes

Cell Biology/Immunology: LITAF gene in inflammatory diseases including periodontal disease, septic shock, lupus, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology: The Role of Novel Regulation of Posttranslational Modifications in Development and Disease.

Molecular & Cell Biology/Development: Roles of the metabolic pathway protein N-glycosylation in cell-cell adhesion and signal transduction during salivary gland development and in oral cancer.

Current Research: Institutional research and educational metrics development;
Previous Research: Immuno-inflammatory processes in periodontal disease, Salivary protein biochemistry; Cell-substrate adhesion mechanisms.

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology: Molecular genetics of signal transduction.

Nucleotide sugar transporters in protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei.

Molecular Biology: Tooth development using animal models.

Biochemistry: Structure and function of salivary proteins, the acquired enamel pellicle, and salivary mucins.

Biochemistry & Cell Biology: The role of proteases and their inhibitors in human pancreatitis.

Cell Biology/Microbiology: Molecular biological methods to study the biochemistry, cell biology, pathogenesis, and evolution of Entamoeba and Giardia.

Cell Biology: Biosynthesis and accumulation of functional connective tissues. Role of lysyl oxidase propeptide in healthy bone formation.

Identification of Rothia bacteria; Isolation and characterization of gliadin-degreading endopeptidases from Rothia bacteria; Antimicrobial effects of human saliva derived proteins.
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Trauma and fracture management, maxillofacial management and anesthesia.

Trauma and fracture management, maxillofacial management, orthognathic surgery, anesthesia.

Head and neck cancer and trauma management.

Head and neck cancer and trauma management.

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Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Orthodontics: Normal and Abnormal Growth, Treatment Outcomes and Diagnostic Tools.


Periodontology

Gingival epithelial cells.

Biomedical Sciences: Regulation of biomineralization and modulation of bone remodeling stages; Development and use of novel three-dimensional cancer-bone metastasis.


Restorative Sciences/ Biomaterials

Cell Biology/Oral Medicine: In vitro and in vivo molecular profiles of osteogenic activities as a function of biomaterial surface chemistry and topography.

Biomaterials: Fabrication of multiple phase interpenetrating ceramic composites and determining the effects of machining and polishing conditions on ceramic materials that involves the analysis of residual stress development and strength alteration.

Biomechanics of implants, immediate loading, soft tissue management around immediate implants, material consideration of implant supported over-dentures.

Biomaterials: Esthetics of restorative materials.


Pediatric Dentistry

Epidemiology of oral diseases, health services research, molecular diagnostics and pediatric dentistry.

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