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Craniofacial Biology Faculty

Lauren E. Ball , PhD
Assistant Professor
Pharmacology
Diabetic Complications in Periodontal Ligament and Alveolar Bone

Amy Bradshaw, PhD
Assistant 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
Novel therapies in the treatment of head and neck cancer; Molecular markers in the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer; Quality of life and functional outcomes in head and neck cancer

Zack Evans, DMD, PhD
Assistant Professo
Oral Health Sciences

M. Boyd Gillespie, MD, MS, FACS
Associate Professor
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Human papillomavirus-associated head and neck cancer, sleep apnea, iatrogenic xerostomia prevention

Courtney J. Haycraft, PhD
ssistant Professor
Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine
Cilia function in bone development and homeostasis, cilia function in tooth patterning and morphogenesis, signal transduction pathway regulation

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, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Cell Biology & Anatomy
Craniofacial development, transcription regulation, and
protein-protein interactions

Keith Kirkwood, PhD
Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor
College of Dental Medicine
Periodontal Inflammation and Bone Loss

Renata Leite, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor
CDM/Stomatology
Oral health disparieties; community based participatory research

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 Professo
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

Anna-Liisa Nieminen, PhD
Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Photodynamic therapy of head and neck cancers, special emphasis on the interplay between lysosomes and mitochondria. Cell and molecular imaging
 

James S. Norris, PhD
Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Head and neck cancer and prostate cancer gene therapy, small molecule inhibitors of sphingolipid metabolism

Hong Yu, MD
search Assistant Professor
Department of Craniofacial Biology
The role of lipid rafts in periodontitis and oral cancer progression. Sphingolipids therapies for periodontitis and oral cancer

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

Visu Palanisamy, PhD
Assistant Professor
Craniofacial Biology
Post-transcriptional gene regulation by RNA-binding proteins and non-coding RNAs in oral cancer and oral mucositis development and progression 
 

Chris H. Parsons, MD
Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases Division
HIV/AIDS, viral malignancies

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

Susan G. Reed, DDS, DrPH
Associate Professor
College of Dental Medicine
Vitamin D in oral health and disease, Oral cancer epidemiology

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

Xuejun Wen, M.D., PhD
Assistant Professor
Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering Program
Novel biomaterials, stem cell biology, cell/tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, nanotechnology, controlled drug delivery/release
 

Caroline Westwater, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Craniofacial Biology
Candida pathogenesis; Fungal quorum sensing; Fungal oxidative stress resistance; Plant-derived antimicrobials; Indigenous microflora and their role in chronic diseases

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

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

 

 

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