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Research Day 2017

Leading into Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Weekend 2017, Research Day 2017 will be held May 11, 2017 at Penn Dental Medicine.

The annual Penn Dental Medicine Research Day brings together the School’s basic science and clinical faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, dental students, and research investigators for a day of exchange and collaboration with colleagues across disciplines. The day is an opportunity to showcase the quality, depth and diversity of the School’s research. Penn Dental Medicine Research Day features faculty talks, poster presentations by the students and postdoctoral fellows and poster competition. The latter selects the best research presentations and provides a unique opportunity for selected students and research fellows to attend the annual AADR meeting through travel grants. The AADR travel award program is a school initiative to advance ongoing research and leadership for student and research investigators at Penn Dental Medicine.

Additional highlights of the day:

Joseph L. Rabinowitz Memorial Lecture and Joseph and Josephine L. Rabinowitz Award
The late Dr. Joseph Rabinowitz, former professor of biochemistry at Penn Dental Medicine, was known for his research in lipid and steroid biochemistry which led to the development of important cholesterol lowering drugs knows as statins. He was committed to the advancement of scientific research at Penn Dental Medicine. In 2004, he and his wife endowed the Joseph and Josephine Rabinowitz Award for Excellence in research to promote independent research by junior faculty.

This year, the Joseph L. Rabinowitz Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr. Martha J. Somerman, Director of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, on the topic “NIDCR: Leading Advances in Oral Health Research and Innovation.” She will highlight exciting new dental, oral, and craniofacial research results, tolls and technology developments and NIDCR’s efforts to address public health concerns.

PDM Research Day Keynote Lecture
The keynote lecture is delivered by an individual outside of Penn Dental Medicine community who exemplifies excellence in cutting edge research. The Research Day 2017 Keynote Lecture will given by Dr. Kam W. Leong, Samuel Y. Sheng Professor, Columbia University and Editor-in-Chief, Biomaterials. Dr. Leong will speak on the topic of transdifferentiation and the development of new and innovative therapeutic applications in bioengineering of direct cellular reprogramming.


Time Topic Presenter
8:00 AM Light Breakfast  
8:30 AM Welcome Denis F. Kinane, BDS, PhD, Morton Amsterdam Dean
Hyun (Michel) Koo, DDS, PhD
Chair, Penn Dental Medicine Research Day
8:45 AM Diabetes Enhances IL-17 Expression and Alters the Oral Microbiome to Increase its Pathogenicity Dana Graves, DDS, DMSc, Dept. of Periodontics
9:10 AM Regulator of G Protein Signaling Proteins in bone homeostasis Shuying (Sheri) Yang, MD, MS, PhD, Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology
9:35 AM Candida albicans mannoproteins modulate binding of biofilm matrix-producing bacterial exoenzyme Geelsu Hwang, PhD, Dept. of Orthodontics & Divs. Pediatrics and Community Health
  Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation Identifies miR-151-5p is a Therapeutic Target for Systemic Sclerosis Chider Chen, PhD, Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology
10:00 AM Coffee-Break  
10:15 AM Unlocking mysteries of human mast cells through Mas-Related G protein Coupled Receptor X2 (MRGPRX2) Hydar Ali, PhD, Dept. of Pathology
10:40 AM Mechanical Trauma Primes NLRP3 Inflammasome via the P2X7 Receptor Claire H. Mitchell, PhD, Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology
11:05 AM Topical and Oral Delivery of Biopharmaceuticals Bioencapsulated in Plant Chloroplasts Henry Daniell, PhD, Dept. of Biochemistry
11:30 AM PDM RESEARCH DAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER Kam W. Leong, PhD, Samuel Y. Sheng Professor, Columbia University and Editor-in-Chief, Biomaterials
12:30 PM Lunch  
1:30 PM Presentation of the Joseph and Josephine Rabinowitz Award  
1:45 PM JOSEPH L. RABINOWITZ MEMORIAL LECTURE Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD, Director of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research
2:30 PM Poster Presentation and Poster Competition  
4:30 – 6 PM Award Ceremony and Reception  


Research Day is a free event; attendees can earn up to 5.5 continuing education credits.


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Program & Faculty Features

Research Spotlight

Research Day 2016 Spotlights both Faculty, Student Research

Penn Dental Journal,

Fall 2016

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