Entered Joint-Degree Program: Fall 2013 as entering DMD student.
Biography: received her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Prior to starting her graduate studies in the DMD/PhD program, Kyu conducted research in Dr. Ozlem Yilmaz’s laboratory, characterizing the intracellular trafficking mechanisms of the oral pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis in human primary gingival epithelial cells. Kyu is continuing her passion in molecular microbiology in Dr. Robert Burne’s laboratory and is currently working on exploring the antagonistic strategies employed by beneficial commensals against Streptococcus mutans in the oral cavity. As a DMD/PhD student, Kyu has also been very active in the service arena, holding national leadership positions in the AADR National Student Research Group and being involved in advocacy as a AADR Gert Quigley Fellow. With her dual training, Kyu hopes to become a successful clinician-scientist with a productive career devoted to clinical care, research and teaching.
Thesis Advisor: Robert A Burne, PhD
1: Atanasova K R, Lee JN, Roberts J, Lee K, Ojcius D, Yilmaz O. nucleoside-diphosphate-kinase of P. gingivalis is secreted from epithelial cells in the absence of a leader sequence through a pannexin-1 interactome. Scientific Reports 2016; 6:37643. PMID: 27883084.
2: Spooner R, Weigel K, Harrison PL, Lee K, Cangelosi G, and Yilmaz O. In situ anabolic activity of periodontal pathogens Porphyromonas gingivalis and Filifactor alocis in chronic periodontitis. Scientific Reports. 2016; 6:33638. PMID: 27642101.
3: Lee K, Yilmaz O. The inflammasome and danger molecule signaling: At the crossroads of inflammation and pathogen persistence in the oral cavity. Periodontology 2000. 2015; 69:83-95. PMID: 26252403.
4: Spooner R, DeGuzman JV, Lee K, and Yilmaz O. Danger signal adenosine via adenosine 2a receptor stimulates growth of Porphyromonas gingivalis in primary gingival epithelial cells. Molecular Oral Microbiol. 2014. 29:67-78. PMID: 24517244.
1: Lee K, Chakraborty B, Williams ML, Nascimento M, Burne RA. Antagonism of Streptococcus mutans by Oral Commensal Clinical Isolates. J Dent Res 96: Spec Iss A: Abstract 2633704, 2017, (www.iadr.org).
2: Lee K, Atanasova K R, Lee J, Park W Q, Yilmaz O. Porphyromonas evades ubiquitination-NDP52/p62 machinery and induces autophagosome-like vacuoles for survival. J Dent Res 93: Spec Iss B: Abstract 846, 2014, (www.iadr.org). 2nd place: IADR Unilever Hatton Awards
3: Lee K, Atanasova K R, Lee J, Park W Q, Yilmaz O. Porphyromonas evades ubiquitination-NDP52/p62 machinery and induces autophagosome-like vacuoles for survival. J Dent Res 93: Spec Iss A: Abstract 1383, 2014, (www.iadr.org). 1st place: AADR Johnson & Johnson Hatton Awards
4: Lee K, Choi C H, Atanasova K R, Spooner R, and Yilmaz O. P. gingivalis traffics into ER-rich-autophagosomes for successful survival in gingival-epithelial-cells. J Dent Res 92: Spec Iss A: Abstract 176476, 2013, (www.iadr.org).