GSDM Science Day

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Science Day Keynote Highlights Biomaterials in Clinical Trials, Five Winners Announced

(l-r) Associate Dean for Research Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska, Dr. David J. Mooney, and Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter

(l-r) Associate Dean for Research Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska, Dr. David J. Mooney, and Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter

Biomaterials can be used in clinical trials to serve as cell carriers or attractors of host cell populations, and to then program the cells in vivo—that is the premise Dr. David J. Mooney presented at Science Day Thursday, March 13, 2014. Dr. Mooney is Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering and Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.

Dr. Mooney discussed the potential of biomaterials to regulate cell biology in processes as diverse as tissue regeneration and therapeutic cancer vaccines in the keynote lecture, “Controlling biology with biomaterials: from bone regeneration to cancer vaccines.”

“There are hundreds of clinical trials of cell therapy currently underway, but simple cell infusions lead to large-scale cell death, little control over cell fate, and a typically poor clinical outcome,” said Dr. Mooney.

Mooney’s laboratory is focused on the design and synthesis of biomaterials that regulate the fate of either cells already resident in the body, or transplanted cell populations.

Science Day is a research celebration featuring posters and oral presentations by pre- and post-doctoral dental students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty and staff. Running concurrently with Science Day was a Vendor Fair that featured 16 exhibitors displaying products and organization information. The event is free and open to the public.

Science Day winners were awarded in five categories:

Pre-doctoral poster:
Daniel Moynihan DMD 15, Dr. Anita Gohel, Dr. Paul Rigali, Dr. Neal Fleisher, Sharon Rich, and Dr. Leslie Will. Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: “Using a cone beam CT scan to evaluate periodontal bone height”

Pre-doctoral oral presentation:
Mohamed Bayoumy DMD 16, Dr. Kiyoshi Sakai and Dr. Yoshihiko Yamada. Department of Molecular Biology Section at NIDCR: “The correlative role of epiprofin and Tbx1 in tooth proliferation and differentiation”

Post-doctoral poster:
Mohammed Badri ORAL BIO 14, Dr. Honghao Zhang, Dr. Nobuhiro Kamiya, Dr. Sundharamani Venkitapathi, Dr. Yoshio Ohyama, Dr. Takehito Tsuji, Dr. Tetsuo Kunieda, Dr. Yuji Mishina, and Dr. Yoshiyuki Mochida. Department of Molecular and Cell Biology: “Role of Ellis-van Creveld Syndrome2 (Evc2) in craniofacial development”

Post-doctoral oral presentation:
Na Tian PERIO 14, Dr. Joshua Hansen, Dr. Dan Leffler, Dr. Ciaran Kelly, and Dr. Eva Helmerhorst. Department of Molecular and Cell Biology: “Assessment of potential gluten-like properties of salivary proline-rich proteins”

Fellow poster presentation:
Dr. Michael Dion, Dr. Bing Liu, Dr. Laura Kaufman, Dr. Steven Karpas, and Dr. Judith Jones. Department of General Dentistry: “Xerostomia and salivary hypofunction in vulnerable elders: complications and management”

Judges, presenters, and mentors are invited to attend the Science Day Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hiebert Lounge.

Mooney is the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is a Founding Core Faculty Member, Platform Lead, Programmable Nanomaterials at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.

Dr. Mooney earned a BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin and PhD in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has won numerous research awards and received the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard College. His inventions have been licensed by 11 companies, and he is active on industrial scientific advisory boards.

Photos of Science Day and the Vendor Fair are available on Facebook and Flickr.

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Science Day 2014 Awards Luncheon

Award winners and their mentors

Award winners and their mentors

The 2014 Science Day Awards Luncheon ceremony took place on April 10, 2014, to honor the winners of the 33rdScience Day, which was held on March 13, 2014. The GSDM Science Day is a research celebration that features a keynote address and poster and oral presentations by pre- and post-doctoral dental students, post-doctoral fellows, and a dental vendor exhibition. Thirteen judges evaluated nineteen posters and seven oral presentations.

“We can all take pride in our School’s research mission and especially our students, faculty, staff, and administration who recognize the importance of research,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter, “and the positive impact it has on our students and the health of our patients.”

The Awards Luncheon was held in the Hiebert Lounge and was attended by all the student presenters, judges, and faculty mentors, as well as officials from Boston University and the ADA/Dentsply representative. Students who were ranked in first place in the pre- and post-doctoral poster and oral presentation categories, as well as the winner of the ADA/Dentsply Award, were all presented with awards.

Associate Dean for Research Maria Kukuruzinska said, “Science Day and the Science Day Awards Luncheon are important events that celebrate our students’ research accomplishments. The luncheon is a testament to the importance of research in the educational program of the School.”

The GSDM Science Day award winners are:

Pre-doctoral Student Poster for Daniel Moynihan, Anita Gohel, Paul Rigali, Neal Fleisher, Sharon Rich, and Leslie Will; Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: “Using a Cone Beam CT Scan to Evaluate Periodontal Bone Height”

Pre-doctoral Student Oral Presentation for Mohamed Bayoumy, Kiyoshi Sakai, and Yoshihiko Yamada; Department of Molecular Biology Section at NIDCR: “The Correlative Role of Epiprofin andTbx1 in Tooth Proliferation and Differentiation”

Post-doctoral Student Poster for Mohammed Badri, Honghao Zhang, Nobuhiro Kamiya, Sundharamani Venkitapathi, Yoshio Ohyama, Takehito Tsuji, Tetsuo Kunieda, Yuji Mishina, and Yoshiyuki Mochida; Department of Molecular and  Cell Biology: “Role of Ellis-van Creveld Syndrome2 (Evc2) in Craniofacial Development”

Post-doctoral Student Oral Presentation for Na Tian, Joshua Hansen, Dan Leffler, Ciaran Kelly, and Eva Helmerhorst; Department of Molecular and Cell Biology: “Assessment of Potential Gluten-like Properties of Salivary Proline-rich Proteins”

Fellow Poster for Michael Dion, Bing Liu, Laura Kaufman, Steven Karpas, and Judith Jones; Department of General Dentistry: “Xerostomia and Salivary Hypofunction in Vulnerable Elders: Complications and Management”

ADA/Dentsply Award winner was Daniel Moynihan, Anita Gohel, Paul Rigali, Neal Fleisher, Sharon Rich, and Leslie Will; Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: “Using a Cone Beam CT Scan to Evaluate Periodontal Bone Height”

Other award winners acknowledged include: 

Monica Schmidt, recipient of the 2014 NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award

Mohamed Bayoumy, recipient of the Hinman Student Research Symposium Basic Science Research Award for his presentation entitled “The Correlative Role of Epiprofin and Tbx1 in Tooth Proliferation and Differentiation”

Mohammed Badri, recipient of the Yankee Dental Congress 38 Student Table Clinics Dental Student Award for his presentation entitled:  “Role of Ellis-van Creveld Syndrome2 (Evc2) in Craniofacial Development”

Marc Horton, recipient of the 2103-2014 fellowship of ADEAGies Foundation/AADR Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP) under the guidance of Dr. Michelle Henshaw and Dr. Raul Garcia

Nathan Ng for his publication in the Journal of Periodontology, DOI: 10.1902/jop.2013.130179 “Coffee Consumption and Periodontal Disease in Men”

Matthew Green for the 2013-2014 AADR NSRG Regional Representative (New England Region)

The recipients of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Faculty Matching Grant Winners were also acknowledged:

Marisa Borchardt under the guidance of Dr. Raffi Miller

Selene Ayuso under the guidance of Dr. Serge Dibart

Suzanne Krishfield under the guidance of Dr. Paula Friedman

Taymiah Mahmoud under the guidance of Dr. Salomon Amar

Photos are available on Facebook and Flickr.


Abstracts from past Science Days

Pre-doctoral Student Poster Presentation
Sonal Chhanabhai, Grace Hannawi, Bruce Herrara, Hatice Hasturk, Thomas Van Dyke, and Alpdogan Kantarci. Department of Periodontology at Forsyth Institute: “Impact of Platelets on Neutrophil Function.”
Post-doctoral Student Poster Presentation
Adriana Valery Lara, Guoxian Wei, Na Tian, Frank Oppenheim and Eva Helmerhorst. Department of Periodontology and Oral Biology: “Gluten-degrading Bacteria From Human Fecal Samples.”
Pre-doctoral Student Oral Presentation
Martha Neely, Lillelenny Santana, Sharon Rich, Carmen Garcia, Pushkar Mehra  and Judith Jones. Department of General Dentistry: “A Retrospective Review of Emergency Room Visits for Dental Reasons in Adults.”
Post-doctoral Student Oral Presentation
Najla AlRejaye, Richard Pober and Russell Giordano. Department of Restorative Sciences/Biomaterials: “Strength of Esthetic Brackets During Archwire Tipping.”
ADA/Dentsply Award
Erik Harriman, Yoshio Ohyama and Yoshiyuki Mochida. Department of Periodontology and Oral Biology: “Characterization of Wdr72 Knockout Rats, Causative Gene for Amelogenesis Imperfecta.”
Acknowledgment of Other Award Winners
AADR Bloc Travel Grant Recipient
Erin Breen, Meghan Bouchie and Maria Kukuruzinska. Department of Molecular and Cell Biology: “Identification of Vimentin-enriched Cells in Embryonic Submandibular Glands After Wounding.”
2013 AADR Student Research Fellowship Recipient
Erik Harriman, Yoshio Ohyama and Yoshiyuki Mochida. Department of Periodontology and Oral Biology: “Characterization of Wdr72 Knockout Rats, Causative Gene for Amelogenesis Imperfecta.”
Scholars Day Dean’s Award
Mohammad Assaggaf, Selva Sume, Alpdogan Kantarci, Roozbeh Khosravi and Philip Trackman. Department of Periodontology and Oral Biology: “Development of a Phenytoin-Induced Gingival Overgrowth Mouse Model.”
Medical Research Scholars Program
Taylor Nicholas Snider was selected to the new NIH launched program in 2012 and completed the program in 2013.
NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award
Mohamed Bayoumi is the recipient of the 2013 NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award.