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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 Seminar Series
12:00 – 1:00 PM BSB 355


Oral Health Sciences Fall Seminar Series - 2016

BSB 355 -  12:00pm - 1:00pm

September 7, 2016

Room BSB 355


Keith Kirkwood, DDS, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Professor & Chair, Associate Dean for Research
Department of Oral Health Sciences

Title:  TBA

September 21, 2016

Room BSB 355

Justin Merritt, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry
Affiliate Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Oregon Health and Science University
Title: TBA

October 5, 2016

Room BSB 355

Aaron Weinberg, DMD, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Professor and Chair
Case Western Reserve University
School of Dental Medicine

Title: TBA


October 27, 2016

Room Room 125 Gazes/STB


Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, PhD
Professor and Chief
Division of Biology of Aging
Director of the Biochemistry of Aging Laboratory

Gainesville, FL
Title:  TBA

November 2, 2016

Room BSB 355

Mira Edgerton, PhD
Research Professor
Department of Oral Biology
University of Buffalo
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Title:  TBA

November 16, 2016

Room BSB 355

Alexandre R. Vieira, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine

Title: TBA

December 7, 2016

Room BSB 355

Jacques E. Nor DDS, MS, PhD
Donald A Kerr Professor of Dentistry
Professor and Chair
Department of Cardiology, Restorative Sciences, Endodontics
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Professor of Otolaryngology, Medical School
University of Michigan

Title: Therapeutic targeting of head and neck cancer stem cells


Oral Health Sciences Spring Seminar Series - 2017

BSB 355  -  12:00 pm – Every Other Wednesday

January 11, 2017
Room 355

Ozlem Yilmaz, DDS, PhD
Director of Center for Oral Health Clinical Research
Department of Oral Health Sciences

Title: TBA

January 25, 2017

Room 355


Emily Rosset
Department of Oral Health Sciences
Medical University of SC

Title: TBA

February 8, 2017

Room 355

Visu Palanisamy, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Oral Health Sciences

Title: TBA

February 23, 2017 Scholars Day

7th Annual JBECDM Scholars Day

Keynote Speaker:  Jack L. Ferracane, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Restorative Dentistry

Oregon Health & Science University

Drug Discovery and Bioengineering Buildings

Title: TBA

March 8, 2017

Room 355


Salomon Amar, DMD, PhD
Boston University
Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Title: TBA

March 11, 2017

Spring Break

March 22, 2017

AADR Meeting

April 5, 2017

Room BSB 355

Chad Novince, DDS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Oral Health Sciences

Title: TBA

April 19, 2017

Room BSB 355

Renate Lux, PhD
Associate Professor
UCLA School of Dentistry

Title: TBA




Seminar DateSpeaker
September 9, 2015

Bethany Herbert
Pre-Thesis Seminar

Title: MAPK-activated protein kinase 2 is a potent pathophysiological regulator of the osteo-immunological host response

September 23, 2015

Yiping W. Han, PhD
Professor of Microbial Sciences in Dental Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology
Columbia University

 Title: Fusobacterium nucleatum: a commensal-turned pathogen

October 7, 2015

Alex Alekseyenko, PhD
Associate Professor
Public Health Sciences

 Title: Case Studies in Predictive Analysis of Bio-Molecular Big Data

October 21, 2015

Edward K.L. Chan, PhD
Professor, Department of Oral Biology
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
University of Florida
College of Dentistry

 Title: Oncogenic and tumor suppressor microRNAs in oral cancer


November 4, 2015


Yan Huang, MD, PhD
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Medical Genetics
Department of Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina

TItle: Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Statin on Periodontitis

November 18, 2015

Paulo Coelho, DDS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Biomaterials and Biomimetics
NYU College of Dentistry

Title: The Multifactorial Mediated Bone Response to Metallic Devices

December 2, 2015

Ricardo Teles, DDS, DMsc
Research Associate Professor
Department of Periodontology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Title: The Search for Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression

January 6, 2016

Amy Bradshaw, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Medical University of South Carolina

Title: Factors Controlling Collagen Remodeling in the Periodontal Ligament

January 20, 2016

Alejandro Jose Almarza, PhD
Oral Biology in the School of Dental Medicine
Department of Bioengineering and the McGowan Institute
of Regenerative Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Title: TMJ Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering

February 3, 2016

Robin Muise-Helmericks, PhD
Associate Professor
Regenerative Medicine & Cell Biology
Medical University of South Carolina

Title:  Role of a Marine Derived Nanofiber in the Regulation of Scarless Wound Healing

February 25, 2016

6th Annual JBECDM Scholars Day

Keynote Speaker: Robert Genco, DDS, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Vice Provost, Science, Technology Transfer And Economic Outreach
University at Buffalo

Drug Discovery and Bioengineering Buildings

Title:  The Role of the Oral Microbiome in Health and Disease

March 2, 2016

Raj Gopalakrishnan, BDS, PhD
Associate Professor and Director
Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences
School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota 

Title: BMP Regulation of Osteoclastogenesis

March 16, 2016

AADR Meeting/Spring Break

March 30, 2016

Michel Koo, DDS, MS, PhD
Department of Orthodontics
University of Pennsylvania

Title: New Drug Delivery Approach for Disruption of Cariogenic Biofilms

April 13, 2016

Heidi Steinkamp, DDS, PhD
Post Doctoral Scholar Seminar

Title: Tristetraprolin is Required for Periodontal Homeostasis



Scholars Day