Recent Awards Granted to Faculty

January-May 2020

Dr. Robert Caudle, PI
Department of Oral Surgery
“Therapeutic in situ analgesic implant for improved oral-facial post-operative pain outcomes”
Epigen Biosciences
$111,006 for one year

Dr. Robert Caudle

Dr. Sasanka Chukkapalli, PI
Department of Oral Biology
Dr. William Dunn, CO-I
Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine
Dr. Timothy Garrett, CO-I
“Integrated transcriptomics and metabolomics approach to define pathogenicity of P.gingivalis”
NIH/NIDCR R03DE028968
$305,000 for two years

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Dr. Zsolt Toth, CO-PI
Department of Oral Biology
Dr. Scott Tibbetts, CO-PI
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, College of Medicine
“Defining the classification and mutational landscape of gammaherpesvirus B cell lymphomas”
UFHCC 2019 Mechanisms of Oncogenesis Research Grant
$50,000 for one year

Dr. Zsolt Toth

Dr. Jean-Francious Roulet, PI
Restorative Dental Sciences
“Shade matching properties of new resin-based composite (Tetric Prime)”
Ivoclar AGR00017768
$10,000 for 6 months

Dr. Jean-Francious Roulet, PI
Restorative Dental Sciences
“Mechanical properties and wear resistance of new resin-based composite (Tetric Prime)”
Ivoclar AGR00017770
$18,000 for 6 months

Dr. Jean-Francious Roulet, PI
Restorative Dental Sciences
“Fatigue and wear behavior of two zirconium oxide ceramics manufactured with a new production process”
GEBR Brassler GMBH AGR00017497
$48,704 for one year

Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Core Leader
Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Marco Pahor, PI
Institute for Aging, College of Medicine
“University of Florida Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC)”
NIH/NIA P30AG028740
$24,335.00 for one year

Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, PI
Dr. Roger Filingim, CO-I

Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Thomas Foster, CO-I
Neuroscience, College of Medicine
Dr. Kimberly Sibille C0-I
Institute for Aging, College of Medicine
Dr. Zhiguang Huo, CO-I
Biostatistics, PHHP, College of Medicine
“Biobehavioral basis of knee osteoarthritis pain”
NIH/NIA P30AG028740
$2,679,958.00 for five years

Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida
Dr. Roger Fillingim

Dr. Roger Fillingim, CO-I
Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Rene Przkori and Dr. Patrick Tighe, CO-PIs
Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine
“HEAL Initiative: Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network – Specialized Clinical Centers”
$78,048.00 for four years

Dr. Roger Fillingim

Dr. Robert A. Burne, PI
Department of Oral Biology
“Antiviral Potential of Commensal Streptococci”
CTSI Rapid-Reponse Translational Research Project
$30,000 for six months

Robert Burne

Dr. Jia Chang, PI
Department of Periodontology
Dr. Jianrong Lu, CO-I
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
“Molecular control of bone development and inflammation by FBXO11”
NIH/NIDCR R01DE029200
$1,810,940 for five years

Dr. Jia Chang

November/December 2019

Dr. Poliana Mendes Duarte, PI
Dr. Ikramuddin Aukhil, CO-I

Department of Periodontology
“Transcriptome sequencing of healthy and periodontitis-affected gingival biopsies of subjects with type 2 diabetes”
UFCD Seed Grant, awarded $17,000 for one year

Poliana Mendes Duarte
Aukhil Ikramuddin

Dr. Edward Chan, PI (Department of Oral Biology)
Dr. Kesavalu Lakshmyya, PI and Dr. Jia Chang, CO-I
(Department of Periodontology)
“Dominant microRNAs as biomarkers in innate immunity and periodontitis”

NIH/NIDCR R01DE028536, awarded $1,906,250 for five years

Edward Chan
Lakshmyya Kesavalu

Dr. Ann Progulske-Fox, PI, along with Dr. Jorge Frias-Lopez, CO-I, and Dr. Sasanka Chukkapalli, CO-I (Department of Oral Biology), and Dr. William Dunn, CO-I (Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine)
“Investigating the viable but not culturable (VBNC) state in P. gingivalis”
NIH/NIDCR R01DE028656, awarded $1,810,940 for five years.

Ann Progulske Fox

September/October 2019

Dr. Patricia Xirau-Probert, PI (from Administration – Student Advocacy and Inclusion), received a one year, $330,000 award fromRobert Wood Johnson. Her project is entitled “Summer health professions education program — University of Florida, 2020” (Renewal).

Patricia Xirau Probert

Dr. Jorge Frias-Lopez, UF PI (from Oral Biology), received a two year, $45,873 award from Boston University/NIH/NIDCR. His project is entitled “Role of the oral microbiome in oral squamous cell carcinoma Progression” (R21DE028063)

Dr. Jorge Frias-Lopez

July/August 2019

Dr. Ann Progulske-Fox, PI (from the Department of Oral Biology), received a four-month, $22,602 award from SalvDx. Her project is entitled: “Analysis of antigen reactivity.

Ann Progulske Fox

Dr. Ann Progulske-Fox, PI (from the Department of Oral Biology) received a seven-month, $66,696 award from Keystone Bio. Her project is entitled: Analysis of Mab61BG1.3 reactivity with strains of P. gingivalis.

Ann Progulske Fox

Dr. Brian Cooper, PI (from the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery), received a two-year, $1,028,938 award from the US Department of Defense. His project is entitled: “Optimizing Kv7 channel openers for treatment of GWI pain.”

Dr. Brian Cooper

Dr. Mateus Garcia Rocha , PI (from the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences) received a 3-year Start up Funding Award for $50,000 from UF College of Dentistry.

Dr. Melissa Marchesan, PI (from the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences), received a 3-year Start up Funding Award for $30,000 from UF College of Dentistry.

Dr. Bernadett Papp, PI (from the Department of Oral Biology), received a 3-year Start up Funding award for $350,000 from UF Shands Cancer Center.

Dr. Bernadett Papp

Dr. Roger Fillingim, PI (PRICE and the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science), received a 5-year award from UFCD for $50,000 for his project entitled: “Cost Share for PRICE Pilot Studies; NIH P30 award”.

Dr. Roger Fillingim

May/June 2019

Dr. Joseph Katz, PI, of the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. Received an award funded by HT BIOIMAGING for his project “Testing an infrared device to detect inflammatory, premalignant and malignant oral lesions”. The project totals $100,000.


Dr. Roger Fillingim, CO-I, from the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences, along with Phyllis Hendry, PI from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville Campus. They were awarded a subaward from the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association for their project “Pain assessment and management initiative 3.0: Multimodal approaches to improve pain outcomes and reduce opioid risks”. The project will last two years and totals $21,226.

Dr. Roger Fillingim

Dr. John Neubert, from the Department of Orthodontics, received four awards.

For the first, for which he is the CO-I alongside PI Jeffrey Boissoneault from the Department of Clinical Health Psychology under the College of Health Professions. They recieved a NIH/NIAAA subaward for their project “Acute effects of alcohol use on chronic orofacial pain” (R21AA026805). The project will last two years and totals $51,339.

The second award for which Dr. Neubert is the PI is from The Facial Pain Research Foundation for his project “Evaluation of a cellular therapeutic for the treatment of trigeminal pain”. The project will last one year and is worth $370,458.

The third award is from the UF Opportunity fund for the project “Opioid and cannabinoid interactions in pain and reward”. Dr. Neubert is the PI alongside CO-Is Barry Setlow, from the College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Jenny Wilerson & Lance McMahon from the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacodynamics, and Alexander Greening from the College of Liberal Arts Department of Chemistry. The award is for $85,000 for two years.

The fourth is the UF-CRISP Moonshot Initiative Pilot Award. It is worth $46,750 for one year and is for his project “Opioid and cannabinoid interactions in pain and reward”.

Dr. John Neubert

Dr. Yenisel Cruz Almeida, from the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, received two awards. The first, for which she is a Multi-PI alongside Natalie Ebner from the College of Liberal Arts Department of Psychology, was from a NIH/NIA (R01AG059809). The award totals $1,563,125.00 for five years and is for their project “Mechanisms of Oxytocin’s analgesia in older adults”.

Dr. Cruz-Almeida’s second award was for “UFCD-DSP start up funds” from the UF College of Dentistry and UF Division of Sponsored Programs. It totals $100,000 for three years.

Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida

Dr. Robert Burne, PI, from the Department of Oral Biology. Receieved an award from Clemson University NIH/NIDCR (R01DE028154) for his project “Oral microbiomes and dental caries in a human immunodeficiency virus infected population”. It totals $19,044 for five years.

Robert Burne

Dr. Zsolt Toth, PI, from the Department of Oral Biology, received a “Excellence award for UF assistant professors” from the University of Florida. It totals $5,000 for one year.

Dr. Zsolt Toth

Dr. Valeria Gordan, PI, from the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences. Received a University of Alabama NIH/NIDCR award (1U19DE028717) for “The National Dental PBRN administrative and resource center”. It totals $3,137,449.00 for seven years.


March/April 2019


Dr. Scott Tomar, PI, of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science. Received an award funded by the Georgia Institute of Technology and NIH-NICDR (RO1DE028283) for his project “Access to preventative dental care for children in the United States”. The project will last five years and totals $169,360.

Dr. Scott Tomar

Dr. Roger Fillingim, CO-I, of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, and director of PRICE. He is collaborating with Todd Manini, PI, from the Center for Aging and Clinical Research. They received a NIH/NIA subaward for the project “Wearable technology infrastructure to enhance capacity for real-time, online assessment and mobility (ROAMM) in intervening in health events in older adults” (R21AG059207). The project will last five years and totals $36,720.

Dr. Roger Fillingim

Dr. Frank Gibson, PI, of the Department of Oral Biology, was awarded $150,000 from SutroVax INC for his project “Effect of SutroVax cocktail to prevent Porphyromonas gingivalis-elicited oral bone loss-efficacy #2″ (AGR00014350). The project will last one year.

Frank Gibson

Dr. Mary Ellen Davey, PI, from the Department of Oral Biology. She was awarded $150,000 from SutroVax INC for her project “Effect of SutroVax cocktail on Porphyromonas gingivalis biofilm formation and gene expression” (AGR00014484). The project will last one year.

Dr. Mary Ellen Davey

Dr. Robert Caudle, PI, from the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, received an award from The Facial Pain Foundation. The project, which will last for one year, totals $232,057 and will support his research “Exploring neuropeptide guided botulinum light chain for use in blocking pain transmission.”

Dr. Robert Caudle

Dr. Indraneel Bhattacharyya, CO-I, from the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, along with Dr. Cuong Nguyen, PI, from the college of Veterinary Medicine Department of Infectious Disease and Immunology. They were awarded a NIH/NIDCR Subaward for their project “Mapping the T cell receptor/antigen complex and identifying the genetic-based treatment in Sjögren’s syndrome” (R01DE028544). The project will last five years and totals $71,660.

Dr. Indraneel Bhattacharyya

Dr. Marcielle Nascimento, from the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences. She received a UFRF Professorship Award, which will last for three years and totals $3,000.

Dr. Marcielle Nascimento

January/February 2019

Dr. Roger Fillingim, Collaborator, of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavior Science, and Director of price. Received an NIH/NHGRI-SUBAWARD-Year Two and Three U01HG007269 for the project entitled“Sparking advancements in genomic medicine.” Dr. Julie Johnson is the PI, of the College of Pharmacy’s Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research department.

Dr. Roger Fillingim

Ioanna Borissova, a DMD Student with mentor Dr. John Neubert of the department of Orthodontics, received a UFCD Student Seed Grant for her project “To evaluate the effects of marijuana on orofacial pain sensitivity.” The project will last 5 months and totals $3,000.

Ionna Borissova

Dr. Surabhi Mishra, PI, is a Postdoctoral Associate with her mentor,Dr. Jeannine Brady of the department of Oral Biology. She received a UFCD Transition to Independence Award for her project “Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus YidC and its potential utility as a future drug target.” The project will last for 1 year and totals $5,000.

Surabhi Mishra
Dr. Jeannine Brady

Dr. Zsolt Toth, PI, with Dr. Bernadette Papp, Co-I, both of the department of Oral Biology. Dr. Toth received a 4 year grant for $792,000 from the American Cancer Society for his project titled “Controlling the establishment of oncogenic herpesviralinfection.”

Dr. Zsolt Toth
Dr. Bernadett Papp