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April 27, 2010

Dr. Jonathan Korostoff Receives University’s Lindback Award

Dr. Jonathan Korostoff, Associate Professor of Periodontics-Clinician Educator and Director of the Masters of Science in Oral Biology Program at Penn Dental Medicine, has been recognized for his excellence in teaching as one of the recipients of the 2010 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching. The University of Pennsylvania presents the awards annually to eight faculty members – four within the health schools and four within the non-health schools. This year’s award winners were recognized at a University-wide reception, held April 26, 2010.

Dr. Korostoff has been a member of the Penn Dental Medicine faculty since 1986 and has held his current position as Associate Professor of Periodontics-Clinician Educator since 2003. His other teaching appointments at the School have included Research Fellow (1986-1991) in the Department of Periodontics, Teaching Fellow (1991-1993) in the Department of Microbiology, Assistant Professor of Microbiology (1993-2000), and Assistant Professor of Periodontics-Clinician Educator (2000-2003). He is also attending periodontist in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. A 1985 DMD graduate of Penn Dental Medicine, Dr. Korostoff also earned his certificate of periodontics here in 1993 and holds a PhD in Immunology (1991) from the Penn’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Korostoff teaches courses at both the pre- and postdoctoral levels on a broad variety of topics, including the structures of the periodontium, basic immunology, oral microbiology, and periodontal pathogenesis and implant dentistry. Lindback Award winners are determined by recommendations and nominations made by faculty and students in December of each year. Two separate committees, one for the health schools and another for the non-health schools, consisting of previous award winners as well as students, select the winners from the nominees. The Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania were established in 1961 with the help of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation.

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