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Research Day Poster Awards

Congratulations to the following students and junior researchers who received poster awards at PDM Research Day 2020.

AADR Student Research Day Award

The AADR Student Research Day Award, funded by the AADR, 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 March, 2021 AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts. The Awardees will also be highlighted in the General Session & Exhibition Program Book and AADR website.

Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Megan J. Chen (D’22): Characterizing The Binding of EGFF-retargeted Oncolytic Herpes Simplex Virus Resistant to Virus Neutralizing Monoclonal Antibodies Gary H. Cohen, Department of Basic and Translational Sciences
Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) Award

Dentsply Sirona and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) 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
Brittany N. Link (D’21): The Role of Prx1+ Oral Fibroblasts in Expediting Gingival Wound Healing Dana T. Graves and Kang I. Ko, Department of Periodontics
Penn Dental Medicine AADR Travel Award 2020

The AADR 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 AADR 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 2020 and will attend and present their research at the AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Boston, MA, next March 2021.

DMD Student Awardees
Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Faizan I. Motiwala (D’22): Soft 3D-Scaffolds Promote Enrichment of Neural Crest Stem-like Cell Properties in GMSCs Anh D. Le, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology
Victoria T. Hu (D’22): Grain size, Flexural Strength, Light Transmittance and Reflectance of Monolithic Zirconia under Different Sintering Temperatures Francis K. Mante, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, Division of Restorative Dentistry
Kevin K. Lou (D’22): Accelerated Cutaneous Wound Healing through Exosome/ IP-10 Delivery Vehicle in Murine Animal Model Anh D. Le and Chider Chen, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology
Graduate Dental Education Student Awardees
Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Lily P. See (GD’23): Behavioral Pain Assessment in a Dental Pulp Injury Model Claire Mitchell, Department of Basic and Translational Sciences
Erin C. Mooney (GD’21): Quercetin diminishes periodontal inflammation and restores microbial dysbiosis Esra Sahingur, Department of Periodontics
Alaa Mounimah (GD’21): 18F-FDG-PET/CT in Radiation Therapy-Induced Parotid Gland Inflammation Jon Korostoff and You Cheng Chang, Department of Periodontics
Junior Investigator Awardees
Name/Project Research Lab
Aurea Simon-Soro, DMD, MSc, PhD: Impact of a repurposed drug, thonzonium bromide, on host microbiome across the gastrointestinal tract Hyun (Michel) Koo, Department of Orthodontics and Divisions of Community Oral Health and Pediatrics
Chenshuang Li, DDS, PhD: From Skin Biopsy to Musculoskeletal Tissue Regeneration – a Single Protein Reprogramming Approach Department of Orthodontics
Jong-Hyung Lim, PhD: FPR2 deficiency attenuates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) by modulating dendritic cell function and inhibiting Th17 cell development George Hajishengallis, Department of Basic and Translational Sciences

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