Pathways to Excellence Seminar Presentations

For  information about this seminar series, please contact Dr. Jerry Feng (


February 9, 2011
Fen Wang, PhD
Center for Cancer and Stem Cell Biology
Institute of Biosciences & Technology, Houston
Fibroblast Growth Factor Signaling in Tooth Epithelial Stem Cells During Development

March 9, 2011
Makoto Kuro-o, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology
UT Southwestern
Phosphate and Chronic Kidney Disease

March 23, 2011
David Fink, MD
Robert Brear Professor 
Chair of Neurology
University of Michigan
Gene Therapy for Chronic Pain: Preliminary Results From the Phase One Clinical Trial

 April 20, 2011
Thomas Diekwisch, DMD, PhD (sc.), PhD (phil)
Professor and Head
Oral Biology
Director of the Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics
Allan G Brodie Endowed Chair
University of Illinois at Chicago
From Ankylosis to Gomphosis: Evolution and Development of Complex Tooth Attachment—the Ultimate in Dining Sophistication

May 4, 2011
Nobuhiro Kamiya, MD, PhD
Staff Scientist
Director of Tissue Bank Core
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UT Southwestern
BMP Signaling and Bone

May 5, 2011
David G Genecov, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Adipose and Adipose Derived Stem/Regenerative Cells: Current Use and Preservation Trends in Regenerative Medicine


 May 11, 2011
Chi Zhang, MD, PhD
Bone Research Laboratory
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Department of Pharmacology
UT Southwestern
Osterix and Skeleton Development

June 30, 2011
Jack L Ferracane, PhD
Restorative Dentistry Division Director
Biomaterials and Biomechanics
Oregon Health and Science University
Dental Clinical Research in the Trenches: The Northwest Precedent Practice-Based Research Experience

July 20, 2011
Mina Bissell, PhD
Distinguished Scientist
Life Sciences
Division Faculty
Comparative Biochemistry
UC Berkeley
Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The Microenvironment and the Genome in Breast Cancer: How Does Tissue Architecture Inform Therapy?

 September 7, 2011
Fei Liu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Baylor Scott & White,Temple
Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
Texas A&M Health Science Center  
BMP and Wnt Signaling in Cytodifferentiation of Dental Epithelia

September 12, 2011
Brynn Webb, MD

Pediatrics Medical Genetics Residency Program
Mt.Sinai School of Medicine
Unraveling the Genetics of Moebius Syndrome: Analysis of the Candidate Gene HOXB1

September 21, 2011
Yin Xiao MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Institute of Health and Biomedical Information
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
MSC Characterization and Their Potential Application for Osteogenesis 

November 9, 2011
Rulang Jiang, PhD
Department of Pediatrics 
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
The Odd-Skipped Transcription Factors Control Fate and Pattern of the Developing Craniofacial Mesenchyme 

November 15, 2011
Ramiro Murata, DDS, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor
New York University - College of Dentistry
Natural Products Against Infectious Diseases

December 7, 2011
James P Simmer, DDS, PhD
Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
The Hardest Part of Dentistry: Enamel and its Formation