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Research Day 2018 Highlights

Penn Dental Medicine brought faculty and students together to share their research activities with one another and spotlight the depth of the School’s research enterprise at Research Day 2018, held May 10 at Penn Dental Medicine.

The day included a program of presentations by faculty and two invited speakers, along with 96 poster presentations, representing DMD-student and faculty and junior investigator research. Presenting faculty highlighted recent high-impact publications in both the basic and clinical sciences and included:

  • 3D Bio-Printed Nerve Constructs with Human GMSCs Promote Peripheral Nerve Regeneration by Anh D. Le, DDS, PhD, Dept. of Oral Surgery/Pharmacology
  • Comparison of 2- and 3-dimensional Healing Assessment after Endodontic Surgery Using Cone-beam Computed Tomographic Volumes or Periapical Radiographs by Frank Setzer, DMD, MS , Dept. of Endodontics
  • Establishing a Maxillofacial Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery Program: Moving Beyond Clinical Practice by Rabie M. Shanti, DMD, MD, Dept. of Oral Surgery/Pharmacology
  • The Secreted Protein DEL-1 Promotes Inflammation Resolution by George Hajishengallis, DDS, PhD, Dept. of Microbiology
  • Adhesion Performance of a Novel Antibacterial Dentin Bonding Agent by Fusun Ozer, DDS, PhD, Dept. of Preventive & Restorative Sciences
  • Bacterial-fungal interactions in early childhood caries by Hyun (Michel) Koo, DDS, MS, PhD, Dept. of Orthodontics and Divs. of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health

Invited speakers included keynote speaker Kathleen J. Stebe, Deputy Dean for Research, Richer & Elizabeth Goodwin Professor, School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, on “Bacteria at Interfaces and in Confinement” and the Joseph I. Rabinowitz Memorial Lecture by Maria E. Ryan, DDS, PhD, Vice President and Chief Dental Officer, Colgate Palmolive Company on “A Career Path for a Dentist with a Passion for Research.”

A strong representation of the current research throughout the School was featured in the poster presentations, which along with faculty and junior investigator posters, included student projects from the Summer Research Program, the School’s honors programs, and the Bridging the Gaps community-internship program.

Student and junior investigator research was recognized with the selection of the 2018 AADR Travel Grants, which were presented to the following students and young investigators. The AADR Travel Grant program was launched by Penn Dental Medicine in 2014 to build opportunities to advance ongoing research and leadership among students and junior researchers; this year’s recipients will attend and be encouraged to present their work at the 2109 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session to be held in Vancouver, June 19-22, 2019. The other student award presented was the Dentsply Sirona SCADA Award, with Christopher Lai this year’s recipient.

2018 Penn Dental Medicine AADR Travel Award Winners

Student/Investigator Project
Post-doc/Research Associate/Junior Facutly  
Xinhua Li Ciliary IFT20 and IFT80 are required for intervertebral disc development and maintenance
Aurea Simon-Soro An aberrant oropharyngeal microbiome in lung transplantation dominated by facultative anaerobes
Manunya Nuth Poxvirus Processivity Factor and Protein Dynamics: Evidence and Implication for Drug Discovery
Jormay Lim IFT20 regulates the cell alignment in osteogenesis through Ceramide-PKCζ signaling
DSCD/MSOB/Residents  
Kang Ko Inhibition of NF-kB in MSCs prevents chronic inflammation in diabetic fracture healing
Hanadi Alyami NOD1/NOD2 Upregulation in Fusobacterium Nucleatum Induced NETosis
Zachariah Cole Nasal Reconstruction With Paramedian Forehead Flap – Case Report
Sarah Bond PERK Haplotype Functions in HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders
DMD Students  
Richard Kralik NF-kB Promotes Mesenchymal Stem Cell Apoptosis and Inhibits Proliferation in Diabetic Fractures
Sherry Wan Binding Force Dynamics of Bacterial-Fungal Interactions in Oral Biofilms
Christopher Sohn The Role of FOXO1 on TGFb1 expression in chondrocyte
Iryna Mysnyk Inhibition of Human Mast Cell MRGPRX2 Signaling Involved in Chronic Urticaria and Periodontitis
Noor Omar Regulation of MrgX2/Gαq Interaction in MCs by GRK2 and its RH Domain
Milo Jinho Yu Role of PERK in HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders

Joseph and Josephine Rabinowitz Award for Excellence in Research

This award was designed to help Penn Dental Medicine faculty undertake pilot projects that will enable them to successfully apply for extramural sources of funding. Presented at Research Day 2018, this year’s recipients include:

  • Dr. Geelsu Hwang, Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Orthodontics. His project will evaluate the potential efficacy of a highly specific and antibiotic-free strategy that can disrupt the cross-kingdom interactions to modulate the cariogenicity of the biofilm associated with severe dental caries.
  • Dr. Faizan Alawi, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology. His project will focus on the mechanisms that contribute to DNA repair and resumption of DNA replication following exposure to genotoxic stress.

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Research Day 2019

Research Day 2019 will be held May 16, 2019.

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