Research Faculty Mentors

GENERAL DENTISTRY

  • Judith Jones DDS, MPH, Professor and Asst Dean for Faculty Development and Director of the Center for Clinical Research. Research Area: Health outcomes research, oral-systemic relationships

HEALTH POLICY & HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH

  • Belinda Borrelli PhD, Professor and Director of Behavioral Science Research. Research Area: Motivating health behavior change, mHealth and eHealth, smoking cessation and public health
  • Raul Garcia DMD, MMS, Professor and Chair. Research Area: Epidemiology
  • Michelle Henshaw DDS, MPH, Professor and Assistant Dean for Community Practice. Research Area: Public health
  • Elizabeth Kaye MPH, PhD, Associate Professor. Research Area: Public health
  • Woosung Sohn DDS, PhD, DrPH, Associate Professor, Director of Advanced Specialty Education Program in Dental Public Health. Research Area: Cardiology and oral health disparities

MEDICINE/INFECTIOUS DISEASES

  • Frank Gibson PhD, Associate Professor. Research Area: Microbiology
  • M. Isabel Dominguez PhD, Assistant Professor, Hematology-Oncology. Research Area: Embryo Development in Cancer

MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY

  • Ruslan Afasizhev PhD, Professor. Research Area: Molecular mechanisms of RNA processing in trypanosomes
  • Paola Divieti Pajevic MD, PhD, Associate Professor. Research Area: Bone Cell Biology and Mechanotransduction
  • Eva Helmerhorst MS, PhD, Associate Professor. Research Area: Biochemistry
  • Maria Kukuruzinska PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Research. Research Area: Molecular and cell biology/development
  • Cataldo Leone DMD, DMSc, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Advanced Education & International Programs. Research areas: biochemistry/periodontology
  • David Levin PhD, Professor and Chair. Research Area: Biochemistry/molecular biology
  • Yoshiyuki Mochida DDS, PhD, Associate Professor. Research Area: Molecular biology
  • Miklos Sahin-Toth MD, PhD, Professor and Director of Center for Exocrine Disorders. Research Area: Biochemistry
  • John Samuelson MD, PhD, Professor. Research Ares: Microbiology
  • Philip Trackman PhD, Professor. Research Area: Cell Biology

ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

  • Radhika Chigurupati DMD, MS, Associate Professor and Director of Research. Research Area: Global health, Early diagnosis of oral cancer, clinical informatics
  • Richard D’Innocenzo DMD, MD, Associate Clinical Professor. Research Area: Trauma, fracture, maxillofacial management and anesthesia
  • Pushkar Mehra BDS, DMD, Associate Professor and Chair. Research Area: Trauma, fracture, maxillofacial management and orthognathic surgery
  • Vicki Noonan DMD, DMSc, Associate Professor and Director of the Clinical Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Practice. Research area: pathology/oral biology
  • Andrew Salama DDS, MD, Assistant Professor. Research Area: Evaluating tongue motion and speech following reconstructive surgery and developing novel chemo-preventive medications for oral cancer

ORTHODONTICS & DENTOFACIAL ORTHOPEDICS

  • Leslie Will DMD, CAGS, MSD, Professor and Chair. Research Area: Normal and abnormal growth, treatment outcomes and diagnostic tools

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

  • Athanasios Zavras DMD, DDS, MS, DrMedSc, Professor and Chair. Research Area: Epidemiology of oral diseases, health services research, molecular diagnostics and pediatric dentistry

PERIODONTOLOGY

  • Serge Dibart DDS, DMD, Professor and Program Director. Research Area: Gingival epithelial cells
  • Erdjan Salih PhD, Associate Professor. Research Area: Biomedical Sciences/Biochemistry/Bone Biology and Bone Cancer Interaction/Mass Spectrometry

RESTORATIVE SCIENCES/BIOMATERIALS

  • Laisheng Chou DMD, PhD, Professor. Research Area: Cell biology/oral medicine
  • Russell Giordano DMD, DMSc, Associate Professor. Research Area: Biomaterials
  • Dan Nathanson DMD, MSD, Professor and Chair. Research Area: Biomaterials