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Awards Granted to Faculty March 2016 – June 2016

June 2016

Dr. Patricia Pereira, Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, received $10,000 from Kuraray America. These funds will support Dr. Pereira’s research activities in the field of enamel and dentin adhesion.

Dr. Jose Lemos, Department of Oral Biology, was granted a renewal for his NIH/NIDCR project entitled “Role of the Spx Regulator in Streptococcus mutans. The grant is funded at $1,884,848 for a five year period.


The College’s NIH/NIDCR institutional training grant, Comprehensive Training Program in Oral Biology, was renewed for another five years, and funded for approximately three million dollars.  The award is directed by Dr. Robert Burne, Associate Dean for Research and Chair, Department of Oral Biology.   The College originally received the award in 1990 and has provided training in research and microbiology to over 300 students in the last twenty years.

Dr. Jeannine Brady, Department of Oral Biology, received $206,250 from Louisiana State University for a two year study entitled “eDNA secretion and eDNA-Cell interactions in biofilm formation.” The award is funded by NIH/NIDCR

Dr. Josephine Esquivel, Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, received a five year grant from NIDCR in the amount of $3,193,051. The grant entitled “Novel coatings to minimize surface degradation and fracture susceptibility of dental ceramics.”   The award includes collaborations with Dr. Arthur Clark, Restorative Dental Sciences, Dr. Fan Ren, Chemical Engineering, Dr. Christopher Batich, Materials Science Engineering.


May 2016

Dr. Seunghee Cha, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences, received $128,968 from Forsyth for a three year study entitled “Regulation and function of interluekin-7 in primary SjÖgrens syndrome.”  The award is funded by NIH/NIDCR.

Dr. Zsolt Toth, joined the Department of Oral Biology on June 1. He has transferred two grants, an R21 from NIH/NIAID in the amount of $225,000 entitled “Epigenetic role of LANA in the establishment of KSHV latent infection” and an R03 from NIH/NIDCR in the amount of $140,801 for two years entitled “Regulation of KSHV lytic replication in oral epithelial cells”.

Dr. Joseph Riley, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, received a sub award in the amount of $4,320 from Dr. Elizabeth Shenkman, Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy (ICHP) entitled “Stakeholder engagement and multi-risk assessment in dental care settings.” The award includes collaborations with Dr. Gregg Gilbert, University of Alabama, Dr. Stephanie Staras, Health Outcomes and Policy (HOP), Dr. Yi Guo, HOP-ICHP and Dr. David Nelson, Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The award is funded by the NIH/NIDCR National Dental PBRN.


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…

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

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.  The data collected for the study 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