Recent Awards Granted to Faculty

Published: November 2nd, 2015

Category: Awards

April, 2016


Dr. Robert Burne, Oral Biology, received a five year grant from NIDCR in the amount of $3,060,999. The grant entitled “Probiotics that moderate PH and antagonize pathogens to promote oral health”.  The award includes collaborations with Dr. David Culp, Oral Biology, Dr. Marcelle Nascimento, Restorative Dental Sciences and Dr. Vincent Richards at Clemson University. Read more…

Edward Chan

Dr. Edward Chan, Oral Biology, received an 18 month award from the US Department of Defense.  The award entitled “Oral metagenomics biomarkers in rheumatoid arthritis” was funded for $299,969.  The project includes collaborations with Dr. Marcelle Nascimento, Restorative Dental Sciences, Dr. Gary Wang, in Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, College of Medicine and Dr.  Michael Bubb, Department of Rheumatology, College of Medicine.


Dr. Shannon Wallet, Oral Biology, received a NIDDK subaward from Dr. Todd Brusko, Department of Pathology in the College of Medicine.  The award is entitled “The CD226 and TIGIT costimulatory axis in type 1 diabetes.” Dr. Wallet will receive $72,786 for five years.

 March, 2016

Marcelle Nascimento

Dr. Marcelle Nascimento, Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences received a two year award from Colgate-Palmolive. The project entitled “The metabolomics of oral biofilms exposed to Arginine and Fluoride” was funded for $99,758.00.  This information will lead to a better understanding of caries pathogenesis, disease initiation and progression, and individual/site specific bacterial response to arginine and fluoride treatment.


Dr. Gil Diamond, Professor, Oral Biology received a one year award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in the amount of $108,000. The project is entitled “Regulation of CFTR expression by vitamin D”.


william martin3160_160Dr. William Martin, Director and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, received a five year research agreement from Straumann USA entitled Immediate implant of the Straumann bone level tapered implant with early loading in single tooth gaps in the maxilla and mandible compared to delayed placement.” The funding for this clinical research study is anticipated to reach $174,848.


Dr. Adrienne Williams, Postdoctoral Fellow in Oral Biology received a UF College of Dentistry Transition to Scientific Independence award in the amount of $5,000. The primary objective of this UFCD seed grant program is to support independent research projects spearheaded by post-doctoral associates and fellows that can lead to preliminary data that will enhance the likelihood of the individual to secure K or R awards from the NIH, or similar awards from other agencies/foundations. The one year study is titled microRNA and translational regulation in Sjögren’s Syndrome monocytes.”


Dr. Sang-Joon Ahn, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Biology, was awarded a NIH R01 (DE025237) grant entitled “Streptococcus mutans adaptation to oxidative stress by the cid/lrg system.” The five year project brings $1,858,027 in federal funding to the College.


chaDr. Seunghee Cha, Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences, received $20,000 UFCD seed grant for a one year study “Identification of salivary epithelial precursor inducing factors.” It is anticipated that preliminary data derived from a seed grant award will significantly strengthen a future application for extramural funding.

Dr. Jeannine Brady, Department of Oral Biology, received a renewal of the NIDCR project titled “Membranes of the dental pathogen streptococcus mutans.”  The award is for five years and totals $1,875,000.  This renewal reflects the fifth segment of a long standing NIDCR award that was initiated in 1986 by Dr. Arnold Bleiweis.



Drs. Jose Lemos and Jacqueline Abranches, Department of Oral Biology, NIDCR project “Intracellular invasion by streptococcus mutans:  significance in disease”  was received in December.  The award totals $1,027,766 and continues for three years.






Dr. Kevin McHugh, Department of Periodontology, received an $800 travel award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities.



Dr. Laura Bowden, an Orthodontic resident, received a $3,000 student seed grant from the College of Dentistry Office of Research. The project is titled “Operant behavioral instrument for measuring trigeminal neuropathic pain in rodents.” Dr. John Neubert, orthodontics, will mentor Dr. Bowden.

Edward K Chan


Dr. Edward Chan, Oral Biology, received $193,303 from the National Institute of Environmental Health and Sciences (HHSN273201500135P). The two-year contract is titled “Antinuclear antibodies by immunofluorescence, materials for assays.” Dr. Chan also received a $70,000 seed grant from the UF Health Cancer Center for the project “microRNA biomarkers in oral cancer outcome.” Dr. Chan will collaborate with Dr. Jennifer Tseng, MD, at the UF Health Cancer Center in Orlando.

Joseph Katz

Dr. Joseph Katz, Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences, received a $5,000 award to participate with Dr. Eric McLamore, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, IFAS, on a UF Division of Sponsored Programs’ Opportunity Fund Seed Grant titled “Nano engineering a biomimetic electronic nose based on insect olfactory proteins.”

Kathleen Neiva


Dr. Rodrigo Neiva, periodontology, received a contract from Zimmer Dental, Inc. to conduct a clinical research study. The $53,950 study is titled “Clinical and histological evaluation of Zimmer Puros® Allograft VS creos™ (low-cost) Allograft for alveolar ridge preservation following exodontia.”


Roger Benton Fillingim


Dr. Roger Fillingim, Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, PRICE received a National Institute of Aging training grant (T32 AG049673) titled “Integrative and multidisciplinary pain and aging research training.” He was awarded $1,221,280 for a five-year period that will support four fellowships.