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Research Day Presentation Awards

Congratulations to the following students and junior researchers who received awards at PDM Research Day 2022.

AADOCR Student Research Day Award

The AADOCR Student Research Day Award, funded by the AADOCR, is designed to recognize the best presentation at an academic institution’s research day competition. The award consists of a complimentary meeting registration and a monetary award of $500 to assist with travel to the 2023 AADOCR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Portland, OR in March. The Awardees will also be highlighted in the General Session & Exhibition Program Book and AADR website.

Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Sara Steinbaum (D’22): Patient Attitudes Regarding the Role of the Dentist in Vaccination for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Katherine France, Department of Oral Medicine

Patricia Corby, Department of Oral Medicine

Roopali Kulkarni, Department of Oral Medicine

Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) Award

Dentsply Sirona and the American Association for Dental, Oral, Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) have joined forces to co-sponsor the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA), formerly known as the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association.

The SCADA program advances our collective commitment to empower the next generation of dental leaders. By showcasing students’ research, and recognizing their passion for discovery and innovation, we will fuel the future of dental care.

Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Xuejing Xu (D’24): In-vitro Strength Degradation of In-house Two-step Sintered High-strength 3-Yttria-Partially Stabilized Zirconia Yu Zhang, Division of Restorative Dentistry, Preventive & Restorative Sciences

Penn Dental Medicine AADOCR Travel Award

The AADOCR Travel Award program was launched by Penn Dental Medicine in 2014 to advance student/junior investigator research, providing funds toward their travel to the annual AADOCR meeting where awardees have the opportunity to present their work. Recipients are selected by a faculty panel of judges at Penn Dental Medicine’s annual Research Day. The following recipients were selected at Research Day 2022 and will attend and present their research at the 2023 AADOCR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Portland, OR next March 2023.

DMD Student Awardees
Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Julia Jeong (D’23): Current Understanding of Sensory Hypersensitivity Relationship with Oral Hygiene in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Patricia Corby, Department of Oral Medicine

Michelle Shuster, Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Katherine France, Department of Oral Medicine

Yilan Miao (D’23): Effect of Dietary Sugars on Cross-Kingdom Biofilm Interactions in Saliva and Biofilm Formation Hyun (Michel) Koo, Department of Orthodontics, Division of Community Oral Health, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Anwar Radwan (D’24): Damage Tolerance of Novel Two-Step Sintered High-Translucency Zirconia Yu Zhang, Division of Restorative Dentistry, Preventive & Restorative Sciences

Mark Wolff, Division of Restorative Dentistry

Akhil Ramani (D’24): Effect of Experimental Biomimetic Primer on Dentin Bond Strength Under Wet Conditions Fusun Ozer, Division of Restorative Dentistry

Markus Blatz, Division of Community Oral Health, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Division of Restorative Dentistry, Preventive & Restorative Sciences

Benjamin Shelling (D’24): Fusobacterium nucleatum Triggers Senescence Phenotype in Gingival Keratinocytes Sinem Esra Sahingur, Department of Periodontics
Graduate Dental Education Student Awardees
Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Sonaj Vardhaman: Controlled Damaged Tolerance of Various Classes of CAD/CAM Dental Ceramics Department of Preventative and Restorative Sciences
Noor Kutkut (GD’22): Complete Digital Workflow: Fully Guided Implant Surgery and Immediate Load for Partially Edentulous Maxilla Department of Preventative and Restorative Sciences
Zhaoxu Chen: SCA1+ oral fibroblasts are the major source of CCL2 but not CXCL1 and CCL7 Kang Ko, Department of Periodontics
Junior Investigator Awardees
Name/Project Research Lab
Alaa Babeer (GD’22): A New Clinical Use of an FDA Approved Catalytic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Endodontic Treatment Hyun (Michel) Koo, Department of Orthodontics, Division of Community Oral Health, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Yuwei Guo: Debulking SARS-COV-2 and Influenza virus strains by viral trap proteins in chewing gums to decrease infection and transmission Henry Daniell, Department of Basic & Translational Sciences

Robert Ricciardi, Department of Basic & Translational Sciences

Gundappa Saha: Deciphering Functional Underpinnings of IL-22 in Periodontal Health George Hajishengallis, Department of Basic & Translational Sciences

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