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Department of Oral Health Sciences

Faculty Listings

Primary Appointments

Keith L. Kirkwood, DDS, PhD
Professor and Chair
Osteoimmunology, Periodontal disease innate immune response, Cytokine mRNA post transcriptional regulation and Inflammation in H&N cancer progression.
Alexander Alekseyenko, PhDClinical and Translational Research.
James Cray, PhDCraniofacial development and birth defects, osteoblast biology, bone tissue engineering, surgical animal models
Zachary Evans, DMD, PhDDesign and production of dental root-analog implants.
Andrew G. Jakymiw, PhDDevelopment of RNA interference (RNAi)-based therapies for oral cancer and defining the role of RNAi in oral cancer pathogenesis
Chad Novince, DDS, PhD 
Visu Palanisamy, PhDRNA biology and Processing
Caroline Westwater, PhD

Candida Pathogenesis, Quoum Sensing and Fungal Pathogenesis, Fungal Oxidative Stress Resistance, Indigeous Microflora and Their Role in Chronic Diseases and Plant-Derived Antimicrobials.

Hai Yao, PhD

Studying the biomechanics and mechanobiology of cartilaginous tissues, such as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disc, in order to further understand the causes of tissue degeneration

Özlem Yilmaz, DDS, PhD

Host-pathogen interaction in the oral cavity, periodontal diseases pathogenesis,  and oral infection induced cancers
Hong Yu, M.D.The role of sphingolipid, especially the role of bioactive sphingolipid sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) and its receptor signaling pathways in the pathogenesis of periodontitis. Sphingolipid therapies for periodontitis.

Secondary Appointments

Faculty Member Research Interests

Faculty MemberDepartment Affiliation
Lauren BallCell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Amy BradshawMedicine
Marion CooleyRegenerative Medicine & Cell Biology
Betsy DavisOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Terry DayOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Perry HalushkaCell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Thomas HulseyPediatrics
Daniella IshimaruBiochemistry & Molecular Biology
Michael KernCell Biology and Anatomy
Amy MartinStomatology
Meenal MehrotraPathology & Lab Medicine
Robin Muise-HelmricksCell Biology and Anatomy
Besim OgretmenBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sakamuri ReddyPediatrics
Stephen RosenzweigCell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Michael SchmidtMicrobiology and Immunology
Gunhild SommerBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Richard ViscontiCell Biology and Anatomy
Jing ZhaoPediatric Orthodontics