Research Faculty Mentors

General Dentistry

  • Marianne Jurasic DMD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Clinical Research. Research Area: Public Health Utilizing Multiple Electronic Datasets to Answer Clinical and Epidemiological Questions
  • Larry Dunham, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs. Research Area: Social, Economic and Cultural Influences on Global Health.
  • Garladinne Lakshmi BDS, MDS, Clinical Assistant Professor. Research area: Anatomic Variants on CBCT, Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, Multi-Modality Imaging Features of Maxillofacial Lesions

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 Research Area: Public Health
  • Astha Singhal | Profiles RNS BDS, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of Advanced Specialty Education Program in Dental Public Health. Research Area: Dental ER Care and Oral Health Disparities

Molecular & Cell Biology

  • Ruslan Afasizhev PhD, Professor. Research Area: Molecular Mechanisms of RNA Processing in Trypanosomes
  • 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
  • John Samuelson MD, PhD, Professor. Research Ares: Microbiology
  • Makoto Senoo PhD, Associate Professor Research Area: Stem Cell Biology Using Molecular and Cellular Analyses and Mouse Genetics

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: EvaluatingTongue 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


  • Serge Dibart DDS, DMD, Professor and Program Director. Research Area: Gingival Epithelial Cells

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

Translational Dental Medicine

  • Manish Bais, DVM, Ph.D, Research Associate Professor. Research Area: Oral Cancer/TMJ Osteoarthritis/ Bone Cartilage Regeneration
  • Paola Divieti Pajevic MD, PhD, Associate Professor. Research Area: Bone Cell Biology and Mechanotransduction.
  • Maria Kukuruzinska PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Research. Research Area: Molecular and Cell Biology/Development
  • Philip Stashenko DMD, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Research Area: Oral Infection Diseases/Oral Cancer