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Oral Health Sciences Biology Faculty

Lauren Ball, PhD
Assistant Profressor
Department of Pharmacology
Post-translation modification in diabetes and periodontal diseases

Amy Bradshaw, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
Cellular mechanisms that control extracellular matrix turnover, particularly collagen fibers, in the periodontal ligament in both healthy and diseased tissues

James Cray, PhD
Assistant Professor
Oral Health Sciences
Craniofacial development and birth defects, osteoblast biology,
bone tissue engineering, surgical animal models

Terry A. Day, MD.
Professor
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Head and neck cancer

Alan Diehl, PhD
Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cancer cell signaling and growth regulatory

Zack Evans, DMD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Oral Health Sciences

Gary Gilkeson, MD
Professor
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development
Innate immune mechanisms influencing autoimmune diseases

Gerald Hardiman, PhD
Professor
Director of Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics analysis for genomic and epigenomic assays

Courtney J. Haycraft, PhD
Assistant Professor
Oral Health Sciences
Cilia function in bone development and homeostasis, cilia function in tooth patterning and morphogenesis, signal transduction pathway regulation

Elizabeth Hill, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Design and analysis of cancer research studies

Yan Huang, M.D., PhD
Professor
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Medical Genetics
Department of Medicine
Pathogenesis of periodontal disease in diabetes with a focus on inflammation

Andrew Jakymiw, PhD
Assistant Professor
Oral Health Sciences
RNA interference-based therapies for the treatment of oral cancer

Michael J. Kern, PhD
Professor
Cell Biology & Anatomy
Craniofacial development, transcription regulation, and
protein-protein interactions

Keith Kirkwood, PhD
Associate Dean for Research, Professor
College of Dental Medicine
Periodontal disease, innate immune response, cytokine
mRNA post transcriptional regulation, inflammation ini
H/NC progression

Zihai Li, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Microbiology and Immuniology
Cancer biology, immunology, molecular biology, inflammation,
stem cell biology

Amy Brock Martin, DrPH, MSPH
Associate Professor
CDM/Stomatology

 

Meenal Mehrotra, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Robin C. Muise-Helmericks, PhD
Associate Professor
Angiogenesis as it pertains to normal vessel development, tumor vascularization and wound healing focusing on the role of the Akt family of kinases

Hong Yu, MD
Research Assistant Professor
Oral Health Sciences
The role of lipid rafts in periodontitis and oral cancer progression. Sphingolipids therapies for periodontitis and oral cancer

Besim Ogretmen, PhD
Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sphingolipid metabolism and signaling in regulation of apoptosis and anti-cancer therapeutics in human oral cancers

Visu Palanisamy, PhD
Associate Professor
Oral Health Sciences
Post-transcriptional gene regulation by RNA-binding proteins and non-coding RNAs in oral cancer and oral mucositis development and progression 
 

Sakamuri V. Reddy, PhD
Professor
Pediatrics
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, osteoclast biology-boneless mechanisms and antiresorptive, Paget’s disease of bone

Steven A. Rosenzweig, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Oral cancer and the structure and function of invadopodia

Michael Schmidt, PhD
Professor
Microbiology & Immunology
Bacterial pahtogenesis, controlling acquisition of hospital infections, indigenous microflora and their role in chronic diseases

Natalie A. Sutkowski, PhD
Assistant Professor
Microbiology & Immunology
Viral-associated head and neck cancers

Dennis Watson, PhD
Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Molecular genetics and regulation of cancer

Caroline Westwater, PhD
Associate Professor
Oral Health Sciences
Candida pathogenesis; Fungal quorum sensing; Fungal oxidative stress resistance; Plant-derived antimicrobials; Indigenous microflora and their role in chronic diseases

Hai Yao, PhD
Associate Professor
Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering Program
Cartilage mechanics and mechanobiology, Functional tissure engineering, Molecular imaging

Ozlem Yilmaz, DDS, PhD

Professor Oral Health Sciences
Director, Clinical Core, COHR

M. Rita Young, PhD
Professor
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Mechanisms by which tumors suppress anti-tumor immune defenses and developing approaches to overcome this tumor-induced immune dysfunction