On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, two ribbon cutting ceremonies marked the official opening of two new laboratory spaces for the Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). One of the new labs is located on the Second Floor of the Evans Biomedical Research Center at 650 Albany Street (X-2) and the other is on the Fifth Floor of the Housman Medical Research Center at 780 Harrison Avenue (R-5).
The Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials at GSDM is at the forefront of evaluating and developing materials for computerized fabrication of restorations. The faculty has developed new concepts and techniques for analyzing the interaction between biomaterials and cells at the molecular and genetic levels. The department is strategically positioned to create, analyze, and test novel synthetic materials for tissue replacement and prosthetic therapy.
The ceremonies began at the X-2 laboratory space, where Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter led a ribbon cutting with Dr. Karen Antman, Provost of Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) and Dean of the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM); Dr. Ronald Corley, Associate Provost for Research at BUMC and Professor and Chair of Microbiology at BUSM; Dr. Dan Nathanson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials; Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska, Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology; and Dr. Lee Chou, Professor of Biomaterials in the Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials.
The guests and dignitaries then walked over to R-5, where Dean Hutter led a second ribbon cutting with Provost Antman; Associate Provost Corley; Dr. Kukuruzinska; Dr. Nathanson; and Dr. Russell Giordano, Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials and Director of Biomaterials. Prior to cutting the ribbon, Dean Hutter, Dr. Nathanson, and Provost Antman each briefly addressed the attendees.
Dean Hutter said, “Our Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials proudly conducts basic science and applied research; trains pre- and post-doctoral students and residents in research methodology and biomaterials; and educates dental students with respect to novel materials and procedures that may improve patient care.”
He continued, “I know that these new research laboratories will only add to the quality of our research and the education we are able to provide our students and residents.”