Skip Navigation

Department of Oral Health Sciences

Seminar Series

We are pleased to announce the schedule for our Oral Health Sciences Seminar Series.  The seminar dates and guests are listed below.  Additionally this year we have arranged for Continuing Education credits for CDM faculty attending the seminars.  A sign-in sheet will be provided at the back of the room to track attendance.  If anyone has an interest in meeting with seminar speakers, please contact Loraine Roylance, 792-2327 or


Oral Health Sciences Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Seminar Series
12:00 – 1:00 PM  BSB 402


Seminar DateSpeaker
September 17, 2014

Richard Lamont, PhD

Delta Dental Endowed Professor
Chair, Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases
University of Louisville
School of Dentistry

 Title: “Polymicrobial Synergy and Dysbiosis in the
Pathogenesis of Periodontal Disease”

Host: Caroline Westwater, PhD

October 1, 2014

Meenal Mehrotra, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
College of Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina

 Title: “Novel Role of Hematopoietic Stem Cells in
Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Dental Tissues”

Host: Courtney Haycraft, PhD 

October 15, 2014

 Stephen Lai, MD, PhD, FACS

Associate Professor
Department of Head and Neck Surgery
Division of Surgery
The University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Title: “Coordinated Regulation of the
EGFR Signaling Axis by miR-27a* in HNSCC”
Host:  Drs. Gillespie and Palanisamy

October 29, 2014

David Neskey, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
Division of Head and Neck Surgery
Department of Cell and Molecular Pharmacology

Title:  "TP53 Mutation as a Biomarker in Head and
Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma"

Host: Visu Palanisamy, PhD

November 21, 2014


Bioengineering Building
Auditorium (BEB 110)



Oral Health Symposium

 William V. Giannobile, DDS, MS, DMSc

Chair, Department of Periodontics & Oral Medicine
Najjar Endowed Professor of Dentistry
and Biomedical Engineering

Director, Michigan Center for Oral Health Research

Title:  Future prospects for oral and periodontal bioengineering

Host:  Dr. Keith L. Kirkwood

December 3, 2014

Xiaoyi “Tina” Zhang, MD, PhDc

Graduate Student
            Department of Oral Health Sciences
            College of Dental Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina

Title:  DUSP1 phosphatase regulates the pro-inflmmatory milieu in head and neck cancer

January 7, 2015

Amy Martin, DRPH

Director, Division of Population Health
Associate Professor, Department of Stomatology
James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine


Nathan Hale, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Health Services Policy and Management
Dupty Director of SC Rural Health Research Center

Title:  The impact of Public Health retraction on early childhood service delivery: Implication for dental Public Health

January 21, 2015

Qian Chen, PhD

Professor of Medical Science
Michael G. Ehrlich, MD Professor of Orthopedic Research
Director of Cell and Molecular Biology and Head of Orthopaedic Biological Research
Brown Medical School

Title:  Mechanical regulation of cartilage and bone through microRNA

February 4, 2015

Angela Alexander, PhDc

Department of Bioengineering,
Clemson University
Department of Oral Health Sciences

Title:  "Peptide-mediated delivery of bioactive siRNAs for the treatment of oral cancer"

February 19, 2015

James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

Fifth Annual Dental Scholars Day

Drug Discovery Building

March 4, 2015

Alexis Nagel, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

Title: O-GlcNAc modification integrates carbohydrate metabolism and growth factor signaling in osteoblasts: current and future research directions

March 18, 2015

Mary Nakamura, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Universit of California, San Francisco
San Francisco VA Medical Center

TItle: Osteoclasts: Local regulators of bone homeostasis

April 1, 2015

Xiao-Jing Wang, MD, PhD

Professor, Depts of Pathology, Otolaryngology, Dermatology, SOM
Dept. of Craniofacial Biology, SOD
John S. Gates Chair of Cancer Stem Cell Biology
Director, Head and Neck Cancer Research, SOM, SOD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Title:  TGFbeta Signaling in Oral Cancer Pathogenesis, Treatment and Care

April 15, 2015

Clark T. Hung, PhD

Director, Cellular Engineering Laboratory
Deputy Editor, Journal of Orthopaedic Research
Editor, Orthopaedic Research & Reviews
Columbia University
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Title: TBA



 Oral Health Sciences Spring Seminar Series
12:00 – 1:00 PM  BSB 402

Seminar Date


January 8, 2014

Anna-Liisa Nieminen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Drug
Discovery & Biomedical Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina

Title:  “TBA”

Host:  Dr. Visu Palanisamy

January 22, 2014

Salvador Nares, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics
Director, Periodontics Research
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

Title:  “TBA”

Host:  Dr. Keith L. Kirkwood

February 5, 2014

Stephen Tomlinson, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Microbiology
& Immunology
Medical University of South Carolina

Title:  “TBA”

Host:  Dr. Caroline Westwater

February 20, 2014


Drug Discovery Bldg.

Room DD-110

James B. Edwards College of Dental
Medicine 4th Annual Scholars Day

David T.W. Wong, D.M.D., D.M.Sc.

Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Professor in Dentistry

Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Oral Biology,
Oral Biology & Medicine,

and Director of Dental Research Institute

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
School of Dentistry

Title:  “The Saliva RNA Story”

Host:  Dr. Keith L. Kirkwood

March 5, 2014

Keith Mintz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology
and Molecular Genetics
University of Vermont

Title:  “TBA”

Host:  Dr. Keith L. Kirkwood

April 9, 2014

Nicola C. Partridge, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Basic Science
and Craniofacial Biology
New York University College of Dentistry

Title:  “TBA”

Host:  Dr. Keith L. Kirkwood

April 16, 2014

Visu Palanisamy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Craniofacial Biology
Medical University of South Carolina

Title: “TBA”

Host:  Dr. Andrew Jakymiw




2013 Fall Seminar Series Schedule

2013 Spring Seminar Series Schedule

2012 Fall Seminar Series Schedule

2012 Spring Seminar Series Schedule

2011 Fall Seminar Series Schedule

2011 Spring Seminar Series Schedule

2010 Fall Seminar Series Schedule

2010 Spring Seminar Series Schedule