Recent Awards Granted to Faculty
Dr. L. Shannon Holliday, of the Department of Orthodontics, received an NIDCR subaward in collaboration with Dr. Wellington Rody of The Research Foundation for SUNY. Dr. Holliday’s project is entitled “Development of an exosome-based diagnostic platform for periodontal disease and root resorption” (R03DE027504). The two year grant totals $19,998.
Dr. Dr. Gill Diamond, of the Department of Oral Biology, was awarded a two-year subcontract with Fox Chase, sponsored by the US Army (Department of Defense). His project is entitled “New antifungal agents as topical and systemic therapies for wound and invasive infections” (W81XWH11810638) and the funding totals $206,027.The overarching goal of this project is to “identify a broadly active anti-fungal agent that is safer than amphotericin B and has a lower resistance potential than is evident with the azoles and emerging with the echinocandins.”
Dr. Roger Fillingim, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, and director for Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE), received funding from NIH/NIA to create a University of Florida Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. The grant (P30AG059297) is for five-years, and totals $1,912,840. Dr. Fillingim’s center has two ultimate objectives: “to provide outstanding training and career development opportunities to promising investigators from underrepresented backgrounds,” and “to conduct innovative and impactful transdisciplinary social and behavioral research addressing pain and disability among older adults, including health disparities in later life pain and disability.”
Dr. Emily J. Bartley, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, was awarded a three-year UFCD start up grant for her research, “Adaptability and Resilience In Aging Adults (ARIAA),” totaling $746,912. Dr. Bartley is also a faculty of UF’s Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE). The ultimate goal of her study “is to examine the feasibility and acceptability of aresilience intervention for chronic low back pain among older adults.”
Dr. Ellen Terry, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, received an MBI Career Enhancement Award from the McKnight Brain Institute for $10,000. Dr. Roger Fillingim is her mentor. This award enables Dr. Terry to extend her research capabilities by providing supplemental funding for her project entitled “Neural mechanisms underlying psychosocial contributions to ethnic group differences in pain.” Dr. Terry is also a faculty of UF’s Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE).
Dr. Justin Ray Kaspar, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Oral Biology, was awarded a one-year grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial research, totaling $59,838. Jang’s mentor is Dr. Robert Burne, Department of Oral Biology. His project entitled “Ecological consequences of cell-cell signaling on interbacterial competition” (F32DE028479). According to Dr. Kaspar the project studies how expression of a key S. mutans virulence pathway changes and contributes to intermicrobial competition within oral biofilms.
Dr. Bernadett Papp, Department of Oral Biology, was awarded a two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial research, totaling $152,500. Her project entitled “Genomic characterization of Forkhead factors in oral infection” (R03DE28029). The proposal’s goal is to determine the conserved regulatory events during oral infections by all three family members of herpesviruses.
Seung Jin Jang, a DMD/PhD student, received a one-year UFCD Seed Grant for $3,000. His proposal is entitled “Studying the immunoregulatory roles of the viral proteins of KSHV during oral infection.” Jang’s mentor is Dr. Zsolt Toth, Department of Oral Biology. The main goal of this proposal is to determine the innate immune response pathways that are inhibited in oral epithelial cells upon KSHV infection.
Dr. Robert Shields, Department of Oral Biology, is collaborating with Dr. Kelly Rice (PI), Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, IFAS for a new three-year grant from NASA totaling $299,555. The award is titled “Probing the effect of simulated microgravity on the pathogenic potential of cariogenic Streptococcus mutans.” The collaborators will examine S. mutans growth under different simulated microgravity models to better predict how this bacterium will respond to flight conditions.
Drs. Robert Burne and Lin Zeng, Department of Oral Biology, received $1.8 million to renew the NIH/NIDCR project, “Gene regulation and histology of Streptococcus mutans” (R01DE012236-22). Dr. Stephen Hagen, who works in the Department of Physics in the UF College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is participating as co-investigator. The five-year grant continues to research how bacteria that cause caries coordinate the uptake and metabolism of sugars to optimize growth and acid production. The renewal begins year 22 of this research award.
Dr. Jean-Francois Roulet, a professor in the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, was awarded $13,754 from Ivoclar-Vivadent, for a study entitled “Wear of one capsulated basic composite and flowable bulkfil composite (control).”
Dr. Joseph Katz, department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences, received $5,000 from the Egyptian Cultural and Education Bureau for the support of Wafaa El Said Ahmend Saleh. Dr. Katz will mentor and oversee the student’s research.
Dr. Roger Fillingim, director for Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE), received a renewal for the project entitled “Effect of COMT genetic polymorphisms on response to propranolol therapy in TMD.” The award is funded by NIH/NIDCR via a consortium agreement with the University of North Carolina (U01DE024169). This PRICE project is funded at $70,150 for a one year.
Dr. Kevin McHugh, Department of Periodontology; Dr. Jennifer Hagen, College of Medicine-Orthopedics; and Dr. Peter McFetridge, Biomedical Engineering, were awarded a multi-PI award in the amount of $358,851 from NIH/NIAM (R21AR072291). The interdisciplinary study is entitled “Utilizing human-derived soluble matrix to augment healing of critical size bone defects.” The two year grant focuses on developing a method of facilitating the healing of bone defects through improvement of the angiogenic and osteogenic environment.