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Preceptor Areas of Research
Akintoye, Sunday
Assistant Professor, Oral Medicine
215-898-9932
akintoye@dental.upenn.edu
Honors in Research Mentor
1. Properties and applications of human orofacial bone marrow stromal stem cells
2. Antisorptive-induced jaw osteonecrosis
3. Current concepts in oral medicine
Alawi, Faizan
Associate Professor, Pathology
215-573-7638
falawi@path.dental.upenn.edu
Honors in Research Mentor
1. Mechanisms contributing to genomic instability during oral carcinogenesis
2. Regulation of mitosis by nucleolar proteins
3. Regulation of microRNA expression
Ali, Hydar
Professor, Pathology
215-573-1993
ali@path.dental.upenn.edu
Biomedical Graduate Studies website
Honors in Research Mentor
1. Microbial infection, epithelial cells, human β-defensins, and mast cells in innate immunity
2. Mast cells, human α-defensins, neutrophils in innate immunity and inflammation
3. Epithelial cell-derived cytokine interleukin-33 (IL-33) and mast cells in allergic asthma
4. Complement component C3a and mast cells in allergic asthma
Barton, Elisabeth
Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology
215-573-0887
erbarton@biochem.dental.upenn.edu
Biomedical Graduate Studies website
Honors in Research Mentor
1. Factors affecting muscle repair in aging and disease
2. Mechanical signal transduction in muscle
Boesze-Battaglia, Kathleen
Professor, Biochemistry
215-898-9167
battagli@biochem.dental.upenn.edu
Honors in Research Mentor
1. Control of bacterial pathogenesis through lysosomal modifications
2. Autophagy in retinal degenerative diseases
3. Role of lysosomes in P. gingivalis subversion of the innate immune response
DiRienzo, Joseph
Professor, Microbiology
215-898-8238
dirienzo@pobox.upenn.edu
Honors in Research Mentor
Virulence factors of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans
Doty, Richard
Professor
University of Pennsylvania Smell & Taste Center
215-662-6580
richard.doty@uphs.upenn.edu
1. Anatomy and physiology of innervation of human taste buds in patients with CN VII dysfunction from middle ear operations
2. Influences of age on regional lingual deficits on taste function
3. Influences of prior third molar extractions on taste function
4. Assessment of the influences of tonsillectomies on CN IX-mediated taste function
5. Examination of electrical trigeminal pontine nerve reflexes in healthy persons and in patients with neurodegenerative disease
6. Development of norms for taste tests
Eisenberg, Roselyn
Professor, Microbiology
School of Veterinary Medicine
215-898-6552
roselyn@biochem.dental.upenn.edu
Biomedical Graduate Studies website
1. Herpes simplex virus – glycoproteins and vaccine
2. 3-D structure of glycoproteins
3. Herpes immunology
Graves, Dana
Professor, Periodontics
215-898-9068
dtgraves@dental.upenn.edu
1. The effect of inflammation on bone
2. Factors that affect wound healing
3. Regulation of the host response to periodontal pathogens
Jeffcoat, Marjorie
Professor & Dean Emeritus, Peridontics
215-898-1534
jeffcoat@dental.upenn.edu
Honors in Research Mentor
1. Plaque control for the control of hemoglobin A1C
2. Efficacy and risks of risendronate treatment in periodontal disease
3. Genetics, periodontal disease and preterm birth
4. Effectiveness of dental care in reducing medical costs
Jordan-Sciutto, Kelly
Associate Professor, Pathology
215-898-4196
jordank@upenn.edu
Biomedical Graduate Studies website
Honors in Research Mentor
1. Role of E2F1 and pRb cell cycle proteins in neruodegeneration associated with HIV encephalitis and Parkinson’s disease
2. Functional analysis of the developmentally regulated FAC1 protein as a transcription factor regulated by the Retinoblastoma cell cycle regulatory protein
3. Investigate the failure of the endogenous antioxidant response in Neurodegenerative diseases
Koo, Hyun
Professor, Orthodontics
215-898-8993
koohy@dental.upenn.edu
Honors in Research Mentor
1. Role of exopolysaccharides in the assembly of biofilm matrix and microenvironments
2. Development of novel therapeutic approaches against cariogenic biofilms
3. Bacterial-fungal interactions within biofilms
Korostoff, Jonathan
Associate Professor, Periodontics
215-898-3965
jkorosto@pobox.upenn.edu
Honors in Research Mentor
Immunology of periodontal disease
Lally, Edward
Professor, Pathology
215-898-5913
lally@toxin.dental.upenn.edu
Honors in Research Mentor
Molecular biology of Aa toxin
Mante, Francis
Associate Professor, General Restorative Dentistry
215-898-0960
mantefk@pobox.upenn.edu
1. Chemical degradation of composite restorative materials
2. Bonding between dental ceramics and cements
3. Investigation of single crystal titanium
Mitchell, Claire
Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology
215-573-2176
chm@mail.med.upenn.edu
Biomedical Graduate Studies website
Honors in Research Mentor
1. Mechanisms that control cytokine release from epithelial cells (extracellular and intracellular pathways and transcriptional control may also be explored)
2. Mechanisms by which mechanical strain leads to inflammatory signaling and neuronal damage (short term transmitter-dependent events and long term adaptations are examined)
Ozer, Fusun
Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry
215-573-7848
ozerf@dental.upenn.edu
Honors in Research Mentor
1. Bacterial microleakage and self-etch adhesives
2. Cytotoxic evaluation of self-etch adhesive bonding agents and self-adhesive luting cements
Sollecito, Thomas
Professor, Oral Medicine
215-898-6627/215-898-6628
tps@dental.upenn.edu
Mucosal disease precancerous lesions
Yuan, Yan
Professor, Microbiology
215-573-7556
yuan2@pobox.upenn.edu
Biomedical Graduate Studies website
KSHV replication and viral immune evasion

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