Office of Research                                                       Spring 2016


Spring has sprung with energy and synergy!

Syn·er·gyˈ sinərjē/ the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

The UF College of Dentistry does not lack in opportunities for professional development for students, faculty and staff. Every year, the college hosts Spring Synergy, a multi-day event that includes research presentations, academic speakers and a vendor fair. This year’s event took place from March 31 to April 1 and over 300 students were in attendance along with faculty, staff and …


tooth biofilms

Dr. Robert Burne, professor and chair of the UF department of oral biology, received a five year grant from NIDCR of $3 million. The grant, “Probiotics that moderate PH and antagonize pathogens to promote oral health.”  The award includes collaborations with Dr. David Culp, department of oral biology, Dr. Marcelle Nascimento, department of restorative dental sciences and Dr. Vincent Richards at Clemson University. READ MORE...



Dr. Sang-Joon Ahn, research assistant professor in the department of oral biology, was awarded a NIH R01 (DE025237) grant, “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.

Dr. Seunghee Cha, associate professor in the department of oral and maxillofacial diagnostic sciences, received a $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. Edward Chan, professor in the department of oral biology, received an 18 month award from the U.S. Department of Defense. The award, “Oral metagenomics biomarkers in rheumatoid arthritis,” was funded for $299,969. The project includes collaborations with Dr. Marcelle Nascimento, department of restorative dental sciences; and two college of medicine faculty, Dr. Gary Wang, in the UF department of infectious diseases and global medicine, and Dr. Michael Bubb, in the UF department of rheumatology.

Dr. Gil Diamond, professor in the department of oral biology, received a one year award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of $108,000 for his project “Regulation of CFTR expression by vitamin D." Diamond said, "We have found that addition of vitamin D directly to cells of the airway can increase the expression of the gene which is defective in Cystic Fibrosis (CF).  In addition, vitamin D increases the amount of the protein found on the cell surface, and leads to at least a partial correction of some of the effects of the major mutation of this disease. We are currently trying to develop the topical administration of vitamin D to the lungs as a treatment for CF."

Dr. William Martin, director and clinical associate professor in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, received a five year research agreement from Straumann USA, “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. Marcelle Nascimento, associate professor in the department of restorative dental sciences received a two year award from Colgate-Palmolive. The project, “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. Shannon Wallet, an associate professor in the department of oral biology, received a NIDDK subaward from Dr. Todd Brusko in the UF College of Medicine department of pathology for the research project “The CD226 and TIGIT costimulatory axis in type 1 diabetes.” Dr. Wallet will receive $72,786 for five years.

Dr. Adrienne Williams, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of oral biology received a UF College of Dentistry Transition to Scientific Independence Award of $5,000. The primary objective of the 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.”



45th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the AADR 

Los Angeles, California 

October 21-23, 2016



DMD student Yandy Gonzalez Marrero wins national research award

Congratulations to UF DMD student Yandy Gonzalez Marrero who won first place in the 2016 DENTSPLY/Caulk Competition in the Clinical Science category for his research project, “Local and Plasma Inflammatory Biomarkers in Localized Aggressive Periodontitis” during the American Association of Dental Researchers Annual Meeting in March.  READ MORE...



New Research Training Utility

The Office of Research (OR) and the Office of Training and Organizational Development (T&OD) are pleased to announce the launch of the Research Training Utility (RTU).

Based on feedback received from researchers, the Office of Research has developed a tool that enables you to identify the mandatory training needed to conduct research at UF. The tool generates a list of mandatory trainings that need to be completed, in response to a brief series of questions designed to identify your research activities.

 The tool is located at http://research.ufl.edu/rtu.html. Feedback is welcome at any time. Please contact rtu@research.ufl.edu with questions or for additional information. 


• NIH Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications  Use this page to learn about application cycles and their relationship to due dates, review and council dates, and earliest possible start dates.

• New NIH How to Apply - Application Guide web site  This is a newly created website and is now NIH’s central resource for grants and funding information. This site contains application forms and guidance together with the instructions for the SF424 (R&R) and Public Health Service (PHS) forms to submit grant applications to NIH and other PHS agencies.

• Updated General Instructions for NIH and other PHS agencies (aka SF424 Guide)  This is the revised General Instructions for NIH and Other PHS Agencies - Forms Version D Series. See Application Guide Restructure section on page G-9 for list of important updates.

• New “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources” attachment.  If applicable to the proposed science, briefly describe methods to ensure the identity and validity of key biological and/or chemical resources used in the proposed studies. This section is not evaluated in the scoring process and if application is meritorious, the applicant may work with the program officer to address any deficiencies prior to award.

• PHS Assignment Request Form   The optional Assignment Request Form may be used to communicate specific application assignment and review requests to the Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR) and to Scientific Review Officers (SROs). It is used specifically to convey additional, optional information about your preference(s) for assignment and review of your application to DRR and SROs.

This information was previously collected in the Cover Letter Attachment, but now, this optional information must be provided on the Assignment Request Form and not in the Cover Letter Attachment.


The 2016 Summer Research Program

...begins its summer journey on May 16 and ends July 22, 2016.  The purpose of the program is to provide students with a structured research experience and allows the student to form relationships with faculty and become familiar with the college, prior to beginning their dental school careers. Previous student participants have said that this intangible benefit was valuable to them as entering freshmen, and many have continued their research activity throughout their dental school career. Furthermore, students receive three hours of elective credit in the fall semester for their research activities.