Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series

The Office of Research encourages all college departments to participate in the monthly Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series, providing up to $2,000 in funding to assist with the speaker’s honorarium and travel expenses. For more information or to schedule a speaker, contact the UFCD Office of Research at 352-294-5440.

Requesting a Speaker

All UFCD Faculty, Students and Staff are eligible to nominate a speaker. Requests for speaker approval must be submitted to Denise Webb, Office of Research, with a letter addressing the required criteria below and including the following information and attachment(s):

  • The scientific expertise of the speaker and relevance to programs at the College of Dentistry
  • Proposed title for the seminar
  • Brief description of the topics to be covered
  • Brief description of the target audience
  • Proposed date for the seminar
  • A current CV for the speaker

The request is forwarded to the UFCD Research Committee for review and approval; although, approval may be granted by the Associate Dean for Research without review. No more than two speakers will be scheduled in a month or approved for a given faculty member sponsor in a one year period.

Selection Criteria

  • The speaker should be nationally or internationally recognized for their research achievements.
  • The speaker and topic should enhance the UFCD research mission and be of interest to a diverse audience. Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary topics are strongly encouraged.
  • Overlap or redundancy with recent speakers supported by this mechanism will be considered in the evaluation of requests, as will the commitment of matching funds from centers or departments.

Continuing Education

As part of the UFCD mission of service to the dental community, Continuing Dental Education (CDE) credit may be offered at no charge, to both the speaker and the attendees of the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series. To comply with ADA CERP guidelines for issuing CDE credit, the approved speakers must supply the following information in addition to the items identified in the previous section:

  • Seminar Description (2-3 paragraphs)
  • Seminar Objectives (3-4 learning objectives)


 Date Speaker, Topic, & Sponsors
December 6
 Dr. Vincent Richards, Ph.D., Clemson University, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science “Medical Microbial Genomics”.
August 17

Dr. Kimberly Kline M.P.H., Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological, University in Singapore –School of Biological Sciences, “Pathogensis of Enterococcus faecaliswound infections”.

March 19 Dr. Maria Fidelade Lima Navarro, D.D.S., M.S.,Ph.D.; Full Professor at the School of Dentistry of Bauru-University of São Paulo., Dr. Soraya Coelho Leal, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.;Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of
Brasília. “Minimal Invasive Dentistry-from caries risk assessment to caries management.”
March 12 Dr. Katherine P. Lemon, M.D., Ph.D.; Associate Member of Staff, Department of Microbiology; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Associate Pyhsican in Medicine, Boston’s Children’s Hospital.  “Nose Picking for Progress: Mining the Nasal Microbiome for New Insights into Pathobionts”
February 19  Dr. Eric P. Skaar, Ph.D., MPH; Ernest W. Goodpasture Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “The intersection between nutrition and infection at the host-pathogen interface.”


Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
December 6 Dr. Gary Dunny, Department of Microbiology, Bio Technology Institute, University of Minnesota.  “Competitive fitness, cell-cell signaling and plasmid transfer by Enteroccoccus faecalis in the GI tract.” Sponsor:  Drs. Jose Lemos and Jeannine Brady
April 17  Dr. Flavia Teles, Research Associate Professor. Department of Periodontology, UNC School of Dentistry. “Targeted Cultivation of difficult-to-Grow Periodontal Pathogens Using an Ex-Vivo biofilm Model”.  Sponsor: Dr. Mary Ellen Davey
April 11 Dr. Dana Graves, Interim Chair and Professor, Department of Periodontics, Vice Dean for Scholarship and Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  “Diabetes modifies the host response to alter the oral microbiome”.  Sponsor: Dr. Shannon Wallet
April 3
Dr. David T.W. Wong, Associate Dean for Research, Director of UCLA Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Chair in Dentistry,UCLA School of Dentistry. “Saliva Liquid Biopsy”.  Sponsor:  S. John Calise


Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
September 12 Dr. Jeffrey Nickel holds the Donald J Thompson Associate Professorship in the Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, UMKC School of Dentistry, as well as a joint appointment in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. He is the Director of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.  Seminar title: Mechanobehavior and TMJ tissue integrity.  Sponsor: Dr. John Neubert
March 28 Dr. Carlo Ercoli, Professor, Specialist in Prosthodontics and Periodontics, Chairman and Program Director Prosthodontics Eastman Institute for Oral Health, University of Rochester.  “Occlusion and implant (Immediate) loading: From biology to clinic. Sponsor: Dr. Jacqueline Abranches
January 21 Dr. Norman Tinanoff, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry. “The evidence base for preventing early childhood caries: implications for children and adults.” Sponsor: Dr. Frank Catalanotto
January 7 Dr. Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, PhD, Professor/School Director and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Extraordinary Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. “Smokeless Tobacco: The African Perspective within the Context of Global Tobacco Control.”  UF College of DentistryOneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance Florida Minority Cancer Research and Training (MiCaRT) CenterClaude D. Pepper Center for Oral Health in Aging.  Sponsor: Dr. Scott Tomar


Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
July 21 Dr. Jacques E. Nor, DDS, MS, Ph.D., Professor of Dentistry, Department of Cariology, Restorative sciences, and Endodontics from the University of Michigan.  “Head and neck cancer stem cells.”  Sponsor:  Dr. Roberta Pileggi
June 18 Dr. Cesar Augusto Migliorati DDS, MS, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Medicine from the University of Tennessee. “Osteonecrosis of the jaw: an update and clinical implications for interprofessional education.” Sponsor: Dr. Shannon Wallet
May 28 Dr. Alexandre R. Vieira, DDS, MS, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Research School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. “The genetics of craniofacial anomalies.” Sponsor: Dr. Shannon Wallet


Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
July 17 Dr. Hien Chi Ngo, BDS, MDS, PhD Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Applied Oral Sciences,  Professor & Chair of the General Dental Practice Department, Director of Comprehensive Dental Care  at Kuwait University, Kuwait.  “Minimal Intervention Dentistry:  a patient-centered approach to  managing  caries.”  Sponsor:  Dr. Jean Francois Roulet
March 25  Dr. Alireza Sadr DDS, PhD. Junior Associate Professor Cariology and Operative Dentistry,  Department of Oral Health Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University. “OTC: A Unique  Technique  for Evaluation of Composite Restorations” Sponsor: Dr. Saulo Geraldeli

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