Sonal Chhanabhai DMD 15 Receives Research Award from the American Association of Women Dentists

(l-r) Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter, Sonal Chhanabhai DMD 15, and Associate Dean for Research Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska
(l-r) Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter, Sonal Chhanabhai DMD 15, and Associate Dean for Research Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska

Sonal Chhanabhai DMD 15 has been selected by the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) to receive a Colgate Research Award in recognition of the academic distinction and excellence in research she demonstrated as a student at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). Colgate has partnered with the AAWD for over 30 years to present promising young women dentists with this prestigious award. Chhanabhai was one of ten women selected from among a competitive group of submissions from dental schools nationwide.

Chhanabhai first became involved in dental research after completing her undergraduate degree in general sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. While applying to dental school, Chhanabhai began working at Biolux Ltd, a company focused on the development of a light activated bone regeneration system for dentistry and implantology. It was here that Chhanabhai first had the opportunity to work closely with general dentists and orthodontists, and became interested in the development of innovative dental technologies and products. 

At GSDM, Chhanabhai pursued her interest in dental research during her first-year Apex rotation. She continued her training for a second year at the Forsyth Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Alpdogan Kantarci, Associate Member of Staff in the Department of Applied Oral Sciences. Chhanabhai presented her work at the GSDM Science Day 2013. Her poster, “Impact of Platelets on Neutrophil Function,” was the winner in the pre-doctoral poster category. Chhanabhai also presented this research at the IADR/AADR Annual Session in Seattle, Washington, in the same year. A manuscript for this study is in preparation, and is expected to be finished in the spring.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to Ms. Chhanabhai for receiving this prestigious award and for her continued research success. Students such as Ms. Chhanabhai are truly reflective of the outstanding research being conducted here at GSDM,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. 

All award winners will be listed in the August issue of the AAWD’s Chronicle newsletter as well as on the AAWD web site.