Faculty Mentors

General Dentistry

  • Paula Friedman, DDS, MSD, MPH, Professor and Director of the Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship Program. Research Area: Geriatric dentistry
  • Anita Gohel, BDS, CAGS, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Oral Diagnosis & Radiology. Research Area: Radiology imaging and interpretation
  • Judith Jones, DDS, MPH, Professor and Chair. Research Area: Health outcomes research, oral-systemic relationships

Health Policy & Health Services Research

  • 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

Molecular & Cell Biology

  • Ruslan Afasizhev, PhD, Professor. Research Area: Molecular mechanisms of RNA processing in trypanosomes
  • Salomon Amar, DMD, PhD, Professor and Director of Center of Anti-inflammatory Therapeutics. Research Area: Cell biology
  • Eva Helmerhorst, MS, PhD, Associate Professor. Research Area: Biochemistry
  • Carlos Hirschberg, PhD, Professor. Research Area: Biochemistry/molecular biology
  • 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
  • Frank Oppenheim, DMD, PhD, Professor. Research Area: Biochemistry
  • Phillips Robbins, PhD, Professor. Research Area: Molecular and cell biology
  • Miklos Sahin-Toth, MD, PhD, Professor. Research Area: Biochemistry
  • John Samuelson, MD, PhD, professor. Research Area: Microbiology
  • Erdjan Salih, PhD, Associate Professor. Research Area: Biomedical Sciences/Biochemistry/Bone Biology and Bone Cancer Interaction/Mass Spectrometry

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

    Periodontology

    • Serge Dibart, DDS, DMD, Professor and Program Director. Research Area: Gingival epithelial cells
    • Robert Gyurko, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor. Research Area: Periodontology/immunology/bone physiology

    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