César de la Fuente: AIMBE Fellow
César de la Fuente, a Presidential Assistant Professor of psychiatry and microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine and of bio-engineering and in chemical and biomolecular engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) fellow.
Penn Dental Medicine’s Dr. Henry Daniell among the Game Changers Presenting at TEDxPenn
Penn Dental Medicine’s Dr. Henry Daniell, W.D. Miller Professor in the Department of Basic and Translational Sciences, was among ten game changers invited to present at the TEDxPenn conference, held Saturday, April 1.
Student, Faculty Showcase Research at AADOCR Meeting
Penn Dental Medicine students and faculty turned the spotlight on the School’s research activities as part of the 2023 American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research/Canadian Association for Dental Research Annual Meeting & Exhibition, recently held in Portland, Oregon.
Bacteria and Fungi Can ‘Walk’ across the Surface of Our Teeth
Clusters of bacteria and fungi seem to be capable of complex movement, setting tooth decay in motion. Most of us would rather not think about the cavity-causing microbes infesting our mouths. They coat our teeth, eat the same sugars we do and excrete acids that carve holes in our enamel. And the complete picture is even grosser. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA shows that conglomerations of fungi and bacteria can work together to “walk” and “leap” across the surface of teeth, spreading decay much faster than either organism alone.
Four Penn Dental Medicine Faculty Issued Patents in FY22
Penn Dental Medicine faculty members were recognized for their research and innovation as part of the Penn Center for Innovation’s (PCI) 7th annual Celebration of Innovation. This annual event celebrates Penn researchers and innovators who were named as inventors on patents issued to Penn this past fiscal year and highlights significant commercialization achievements. The celebration was held December 6 at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Those Penn Dental Medicine faculty issued patents in FY22 included CiPD’s Dr. Henry Daniell, Vice Chair and W.D. Miller Professor, Dept. of Basic & Translational Sciences and Dr. Michel Koo, Professor, Dept. of Orthodontics and Divs. of Pediatrics and Community Oral Health.
Dr. Zhi Ren Awarded the 2022 American Society for Microbiology Best ECS Presentation Award
Dr. Zhi Ren, a current NIDCR R90 postdoctoral trainee within the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD) – Penn Dental Medicine’s collaborative center with Penn Engineering — was awarded the 2022 American Society for Microbiology (ASM)’s Early Career Symposium (ECS) Best Presentation Award.
Dr. Michel Koo Named a 2022 Highly Cited Researcher
Dr. Michel Koo, Penn Dental Medicine Professor, Department of Orthodontics, Division of Community Oral Health, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Co-Founding Director of the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD), has been recognized for the scope and depth of his research — named on the Highly Cited Researchers™ 2022 list from Clarivate in the microbiology category.
Dr. Dennis Sourvanos Awarded the 2022 American Society for Photobiology Frederick Urbach Student Travel Award
Penn Dental Medicine postdoctoral student Dr. Dennis Sourvanos, (GD’23, DScD’23) was awarded the 2022 American Society for Photobiology (ASP) Frederick Urbach Student Travel Award, enabling him to present his research at the ASP Biennial Meeting, held in Albuquerque, NM, this fall.
A group from the University of Pennsylvania used SIS stem cells derived from gingival tissue to treat transected facial nerve and sciatic nerve crush injuries in rats
Current interventions are limited in their ability to stimulate regeneration and functional recovery of severe injuries, lending to the need for better treatment options. It is known that Schwann cells and macrophages in the local injury microenvironment play critical roles in nerve repair and regeneration following injury, so one promising treatment strategy may focus on a means to manipulate the plastic phenotype of the macrophage into the pro-regenerative (M2) phenotype and away from the pro-inflammatory (M1) phenotype.
Creepy Crawlies on the Teeth
This creeping creature did not walk out of a sci-fi film—it actually plays a starring role in the mouth. It’s composed of cavity-causing bacteria (green) that piggyback on fungi (blue), forming superorganisms with unusual powers—“walking” and “lunging” on tooth-like surfaces.
Dentistry: An Oral History of Disruption
Michel Koo, Co-Director and Co-Founder of CiPD, is featured in the episode of the Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson Podcast, “Dentistry: An Oral History of Disruption.” Now, researchers, engineers, and business founders are developing new forms of dental treatments and tools to make quality dental care more accessible and affordable and even create truly regenerative and preventative solutions. Hear all about these innovations on this toothsome episode of Trailblazers.
Michel Koo and postdoctoral fellow Zhi Ren from the School of Dental Medicine and colleagues found that the bacteria and fungi responsible for a severe form of childhood tooth decay together form “superorganisms” with unexpected properties. The cross-kingdom groupings were more resistant to antimicrobials and physical removal than either species alone, sprouting “limbs” to move as a group and spread rapidly on teeth.
Dr. Marshall Padilla Selected for AADOCR MIND the Future Program
Dr. Marshall Padilla, a current NIDCR T90 postdoctoral fellow within CiPD has been selected to be part of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research’s Mentoring an Inclusive Network for a Diverse Workforce of the Future program.
New Recruit Dr. Kyle Vining Strengthens Dental, Engineering Interface
Adding to the depth of research at the dental medicine and engineering interface, Penn Dental Medicine welcomes recent recruit Dr. Kyle Vining, who joined Penn Dental Medicine and its Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD) on July 1.
Penn Dental Medicine Study Applies Microrobotics in Endodontic Treatment, Diagnostics
In a proof-of-concept study, researchers from Penn Dental Medicine and its Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD), have shown that microrobots can access the difficult to reach surfaces of the root canal with controlled precision, treating and disrupting biofilms and even retrieving samples for diagnostics, enabling a more personalized treatment plan.
Shapeshifting Microrobots Can Brush and Floss Teeth
In a proof-of-concept study, researchers from the School of Dental Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Science shows that a hands-free system could effectively automate the treatment and removal of tooth-decay-causing bacteria and dental plaque.
CiPD Welcomes Inaugural Class to Training Program
With one of its key missions to develop a new generation of scientists at the interface of dental medicine and engineering, the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD) has selected its inaugural class of fellows for its new postdoctoral training program.
HealthCall Live Interview with Dr. Henry Daniell
Chewing gum could be a new tool to block the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Henry Daniell from Penn Dental Medicine tells HealthCall’s Lee Kelso how his lab has infused chewing gum with a plant-based enzyme that acts like flypaper to trap the virus, plus block the receptor so it can’t enter your body.
Dr. Eugene Ko Awarded Inaugural Advancing Oral, Craniofacial Health Award for New Biodevices
The inaugural Advancing Oral & Craniofacial Health Award was awarded to Penn Dental Medicine’s Dr. Eugene Ko for a project titled “Baby Seal: Promoting Intrinsic Sucking in Cleft Palate Infant Bottle Feeding.” Dr. Ko is collaborating with Dr. Shu Yang at Penn Engineering.
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