UFCD Faculty Research Interests

The Office of Research maintains a comprehensive list of UFCD faculty and their research interests. The list is a useful resource for students seeking mentors or other faculty seeking interdisciplinary collaborations.

 

 
Faculty
Name / Website
Department
Research Interests Contact
Dr. Jacqueline Abranches Dr. Jacqueline Abranches

Oral Biology

Oral Microbiology
Caries Microbiology
Host-Pathogen Interactions
Oral and extra-oral infections
Email
Dr. Abimbola Adewumi Dr.Abimbola Adewumi

Pediatric Dentistry

Behavioral Sciences
Health Outcomes
Email
 Dr. Maria L Aguilar Dr. Maria Lucia Aguilar

Restorative Dental Sciences

Cancer Health Outcomes
QOL

Patient satisfaction

Email
Sang-Joon Ahn Dr. Sang-Joon. Ahn

Oral Biology

 Host: Pathogen Interactions
Oral: Systemic Health Connections
Cell biology
Email
Ikramuddin Aukhil Dr. Ikramuddin Aukhil

Periodontics

Cell Biology
Bone Biology
Email
Dr. Emily Bartley
Community Dentistry &
Behavioral Science
Pain – Behavioral
Behavioral Sciences
Health Outcomes
Email
Dr. Indraneel Bhattacharyya
Oral & Maxillofacial
Diagnostic Sciences
Oral Cancer
Polymicrobial periodontal disease- animal model & its relationship to systemic diseases
Bisphosphonate osteonecrosis of jaws
Sjӧgren’s syndrome
Email
Dr. Jeannine Brady Dr. Jeannine Brady

Oral Biology

Host Pathogen Interactions
Protein Translocation Mechanisms
Protein Structure Function
Mechanisms of Immune Protection
Bacterial Amyloid Formation
Email
Robert Burne Dr. Robert Burne

Oral Biology

Bacterial Biofilms
Intercellular Communication
Microbial Ecology/Probiotics
Environmental Regulation of Gene Expression
Email
Dr. Frank Catalanotto
Community Dentistry &
Behavioral Science
Dental Public Health
Oral Health Disparities
Dental Therapy
Email
Dr. Robert Caudle Dr. Robert M. Caudle

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Pain – Neuroscience
Behavioral Sciences
Email
Dr. Seunghee Cha
Oral & Maxillofacial
Diagnostic Sciences
Sjӧgren’s syndrome
Autoimmunity/ autoantibodies
Salivary gland regeneration/Stem cells
Regeneration/Stem cells
miRNA in innate immunity
Email
Edward Chan Dr. Edward K. Chan

Oral Biology

Autoimmunity
Cancer
Cell Biology
Immunology
Email
Dr. Donald Cohen
Oral & Maxillofacial
Diagnostic Sciences
Cancer
Immunology
Oral: Systemic Health Connections
Maxiofacial Dentistry
Email
Dr. Brian Cooper Dr. Brian Y. Cooper

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Pain – Neuroscience Email
Dr. David J. Culp Dr. David Culp

Oral Biology

Human oral commensals
Probiotic properties, in vivo
Email
Dr. Mary Ellen Davey Dr. Mary Ellen Davey

Oral Biology

Biofilm-Based Infections
Bacterial Cell-Cell Signaling
Oral Microbiome
Email
Dr. Gill Diamond Dr. Gill Diamond

Oral Biology

Host: Pathogen Interactions
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Cell Biology
Email
Dr. Calogero Dolce Dr. Calogero Dolce

Orthodontics

Bone Biology           Health Outcomes
Clinical Research
Email
Dr. M. Franklin Dolwick Dr. M. Franklin Dolwick

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Surgical Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders
Surgical Treatment of Skeletal Facial Deformities
Craniofacial Deformities Including Cleft Lip & Palate
General oral surgery
Email
Dr. Josephine F Esquivel-Upshaw Dr. Josephine Esquivel-Upshaw

Restorative Dental Sciences

Clinical Research
Biomaterials
Ceramics Research
Peri-implantitis
Engineered coatings
Email
Dr. Roger Fillingim
Community Dentistry &
Behavioral Science
Pain – Behavioral                                             Pain – Neuroscience                            Behavioral Sciences Email
Dr. Jorge Frias-Lopez Dr. Jorge Frias-Lopez

Oral Biology

Human Microbiome
Host-pathogen interactions
Metagenomics/Metatranscriptomics
Infectious Diseases
Oral disease / Systemic disease connections
Email
Ann Progulske Fox Dr. Ann Progulske-Fox

Oral Biology

Molecular Mechanisms of Pathogenesis of Porphyromonas gingivalis
Host: Pathogen Interactions
Oral: Systemic Health Connections
Cell Biology
Immunology
Email
Dr. Saulo Geraldeli Dr. Saulo Geraldeli

Restorative Dental Sciences

Clinical Research Email
Dr. Micaela B. Gibbs
Community Dentistry &
Behavioral Science
Clinical Research
Community Dentistry & Behavioral Science
Email
gibson Dr. Frank C. Gibson III

Oral Biology

Host-pathogen interactions
Infectious Diseases
Immunology / Vaccine development
Microbiology
Cell biology
Oral disease / Systemic disease connections
Email
Dr. Dr. Saulo Geraldeli Dr. Valeria Veiga Gordan

Restorative Dental Sciences

Practice-based Research
Clinical Research
Health Outcomes
Dental Public Health
Email
Dr. Mark Heft Dr. Marc W. Heft

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Pain – Behavioral
Pain – Neuroscience
Behavioral Sciences
Health Outcomes
Email
Dr. Lexie Shannon Holliday Dr. Shannon Holliday

Orthodontics

Host: Pathogen Interactions
Oral: Systemic Health Connections
Exosomes in bone remodeling
Bone Biology
Email
Dr. Nadim M. Islam
Oral & Maxillofacial
Diagnostic Sciences
Cancer
Immunology
Oral: Systemic Health Connections
Educational Research
Email
Dr. Joseph Katz
Oral & Maxillofacial
Diagnostic Sciences
Host: Pathogen Interactions
Oral: Systemic Health Connections
Email
 Lakshmyya Kesavalu Dr. Kesavalu Lakshmyya

Periodontics

Host: Pathogen Interactions
Oral Pathogens: Systemic Diseases
Clinical Research (Periodontal disease & Cardiovascular disease)
Periodontal Bone Biology
Periodontal Immunology
Polybacterial animal model for Periodontal disease
Periodontal disease &:
*atherosclerosis
*rheumatoid arthritis
*Alzheimer’s disease
*Ischemic Stroke
Email
New Award Announcements Dr. Jose A Lemos

Oral Biology

Host: Pathogen Interactions
Oral: Systemic Health Connections
Infectious Diseases
Email
Dr. Kevin McHugh Dr. Kevin P. McHugh

Periodontics

Cell Biology
Bone Biology
Email
Dr. Cesar Migliotorri
Oral Medicine /
Clinical Administration
Oral Oncology, Supportive Care in Cancer, lasers Email
Dr. Leda Regina Fernandes Mugayar Dr. Leda Regina Fernandes Mugayar

Pediatric Dentistry

Special Needs Patients & Pediatric Dentistry
Prevention & Early Intervention with Infants and Pregnant Teenagers
Clinical Research
Health Outcomes
Email
Dr. Marcelle M. Nascimento Dr. Marcelle M. Nascimento

Restorative Dental Sciences

Cariology
Oral Microbiology
Preventive Dentistry
Operative Dentistry
Dental Education
Email
Dr. John Neubert Dr. John Neubert

Orthodontics

Pain – Neuroscience
Clinical Research
Email
Dr. Bernadett Papp Dr. Bernadett Papp

Oral Biology

Reprogramming and cellular identity
Stem cells, differentiation, dedifferentiation
Host-pathogen interactions in the oral cavity
Mechanisms of cancer initiation
Genomics studies, epigenetics
Email
Dr. Roberta Pileggi Dr. Roberta Pileggi

Endodontics

Health Outcomes
Clinical Research
Trauma
Microbiology Related to Endodontics Diseases
Email
Dr. Ana Pinedo-Duran

Oral Biology

Email
Dr. Margaret C. Ribeiro Dasilva Dr. Margaret C. Ribeiro Dasilva

Restorative Dental Sciences

Prosthodontics
Pain – Behavioral
Pain – Neuroscience
Pain – Immunology
Pain – Sex difference
Email
Dr. Joseph Riley
Community Dentistry &
Behavioral Science
Pain – Behavioral
Behavioral Sciences
Health Outcomes
Email
Dr. Jean-Francois Roulet Dr. Jean-Francois Roulet

Restorative Dental Sciences

In Vitro research with dental materials:
Wear, Light curing, Com-posites, ceramics, materials for preventive dentistry
Email
Dr. Pamela R. Sandow
Oral & Maxillofacial
Diagnostic Sciences
Management of Oral Complications from Cancer Therapy
Cancer
Oral: Systemic Health Connections
Email
Dr. Ellen Terry
Community Dentistry &
Behavioral Science
Pain and Aging Research Email
Dr. Scott Tomar
Community Dentistry &
Behavioral Science
Tobacco use & its effects on oral health      Cancer Health Outcomes
Dental Public Health
Email
Dr. Zsolt Toth Dr. Zsolt Toth

Oral Biology

Epigenetic regulation of viralinfection
Mechanisms of oral herpesvirus infection

Gammaherpes virus infection-induced cell reprogramming & oncogenesis

Email
Dr. Charles G. Widmer Dr. Charles G. Widmer

Orthodontics

Cell Biology
Pain-Behavioral
Pain – Neuroscience
Clinical Research
Motor control mechanisms
Evaluation of diagnostic techniques
Muscle injury & repair
Development of masticatory muscles
Email
Lin Zeng Dr. Lin Zeng

Oral Biology

Bacterial carbohydrate metabolism and virulence expression
Amino sugar metabolism by dental biofilms
Oral bacterial Ecology
Email
Dr. John Zhang Dr. John Zhang

Orthodontics

Cleft lip and Palate
Craniosynostosis
Malocclusion of teeth
Email

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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