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Research within the School of Dental Medicine encompasses a wide variety of fields within oral health care, helping to translate basic science discoveries into clinical therapies. Use the links below to learn more about current and past projects of faculty, staff, and students. 


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Biological Sciences research focuses on how the body, particularly the mouth, fights diseases through innate immune responses. 


Ge Jin, PhD

Pushpa Pandiyan, PhD

  • Mechanism of Immunomodulation during Oropharyngeal Candidiasis
  • Modulation of Tumor Necrosis-α during Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

Aaron Weinberg, DMD, PhD

Fengchun Ye, PhD

  • Role of Angiopoietin-2 in KSHV Induction of Angiogenesis, Inflammation, and Cutaneous KS Lesions
  • Epigenetic Regulation of Viral Infection and Replication by Periodontal Bacteria

Chad Zender, MD, FACS

  • Correlation of Primary Implant Stability with Cone Beam Computed Tomography Analysis in a Bovine Mandibular Bone Model
  • Image Guided New Biomaterials for Dental Restorations
  • Optimization of Insertion Torque for Primary Dental Implant Stability
  • Association of Endodontic Conditions with Systemic Medical Disease (Aminoshariae)
  • Effect of Time Factor in Crown Placement on Survival of Primary Endodontically Treated: A Retrospective Cohort Study (Aminoshariae)
  • Efficacy of Buprenorphine on Post-operative Endodontic Analgesia (Montagnese/Geraets)

Oral Medicine research focuses on orofacial pain, oral premalignant disorders, interprofessional education outcomes, and markers for response to treatment of mucosal disorders.

  • Patient-Centered Quality of Live (QOL) Measures after Temporomandibular Total Joint Replacement Surgery (Baur)
  • Removal of Unerupted Third Molars at the Time of Mandibular Sagittal Split Osteotomy: Case Series (Baur)
  • Treatment Outcomes of Keratacystic Odontogenic Tumor (Baur)
  • Craniofacial Growth Prediction in Different Facial Types (Valiathan)
  • Craniofacial Initiatives in the School of Dental Medicine

Pediatric Dentistry research focuses on improving the care and treatment of pediatric oral health, including pediatric oral health disparities, craniofacial anomalies, and oral health behavior.


Gerald Ferretti

Research Interests:

  • Reducing children's oral health disparities
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Pediatric sedation


Margaret Ferretti

Research Interests:

  • Oral health care among underserved populations
  • Reducing children's oral health disparities


Masahiro Heima

  • Dental care-related fear and anxiety
  • Oral health care behavior
  • Reducing children's oral health disparities


Ozlem Tulunoglu

Research Interests:

  • Antioxidants in dental pulp and saliva
  • Dental materials usage in pediatric dentistry
  • Tooth anomalies
  • Dental public health
  • Early orthodontic managements
  • Rare syndromes in children


Lance Vernon

Research Interests:

  • Oral hygiene behavior
  • Oral health care in HIV population


  • Analysis of Postmenopausal Women Using Bisphosphonate Therapy (Palomo)
  • Comparative Genomics Studies of F. nucleatum to Identify Genes Unique for Causing Intrauterine Infection
  • Gingival Dimension Around Natural Teeth and Dental Implants in Health and Disease (Alquahtani/Bissada)
  • Investigation of FadA adhesin from F. nucleatum
  • Mechanism of F. nucleatum in Intrauterine Infection
  • Periodontitis in Postmenopausal Women (Palomo)
  • Role of Nonsurgical Periodontal Treatment on the Level of Rheumatoid Factor in Patients Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Boeriu/Bissada)