Pathways to Excellence Seminar Presentations

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January 9, 2013
Danieli Rodrigues, PhD
Department of Bioengineering
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas
Developments in Multi-Solution Bone Cements: Synthesis, Optimization and New Applications

January 16, 2013
Dee Silverthorn, PhD
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Integrative Biology
The Upside-Down Lecture: How to Get Students to Come to Class

February 1, 2013
Sara Windahl, PhD
Associate Professor
Centre for Bone and Arthritis Research
Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy
University of Gothenburg
Estrogen Receptor Alpha and Bone Formation

March 6, 2013
William Maixner, DDS, PhD
Bigham Distinguished Professor
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders
Unraveling Complex Persistent Pain Conditions With Genetic and Phenotypic Biomarkers: Implications for Translational Pain Medicine

March 28, 2013
Lynne Opperman, PhD
The Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry 
Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis

April 10, 2013
Jose Luis Millan, PhD
Professor and Sanford Investigator
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
The Role of Phosphatases in the Initiation of Physiologic and Dystrophic Calcification — From Bench to Bedside

April 24, 2013
Brian Foster, PhD
Research Fellow
Laboratory of Oral Connective Tissue Biology
Bone Sialoprotein and Osteopontin: SIBLING Rivalry in Periodontal Development

June 26, 2013
Richard Sherwood, PhD
Division of Morphological Sciences and Biostatistics
Fels Longitudinal Study, Department of Community Health
Boonshoft School of Medicine
Wright State University
Candidate for Senior Investigator 
Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis
Baylor College of Dentistry
A Biological Approach to Craniology: Paradigm Shifts and Identifying the Determinants of Craniofacial Morphology

July 12, 2013
John Colombo, PhD
Research Scientist
Self-Assembling Multi-Domain Peptides for Use in Dental Pulp Regeneration

August 21, 2013
Warren Burggren, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Biology
University of North Texas, Denton 
Developing Animals Ignore Physiological Data

August 28, 2013
Chao Liu, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Signaling Sustains the Odontogenic Fate of Odontogenic Mesenchyme by Suppressing β-Catenin Signaling

September 4, 2013
Thomas Diekwisch DMD, PhD (sc.), PhD (phil)
Professor and Head
Department of Oral Biology
Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics
Allan G Brodie Endowed Chair for Orthodontic Research
Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology, Bioengineering, Orthodontics, and Periodontics
UIC College of Dentistry, Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis
Baylor College of Dentistry
Craniofacial Interfaces — a Translational Research Perspective for Baylor College of Dentistry's Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis

September 11, 2013
Benedikt Hallgrimsson, PhD
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
Deputy Provost, Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary
The Generation of Variation in the Vertebrate Skull: Evolutionary and Medical Genetic Implications

September 25, 2013
Daniel Greenspan, BA, MS, PhD
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
In Vivo Roles of the BMP1-Like Proteinases

 October 2, 2013
Yoshio Katayama, MD, PhD
Junior Associate
Department of Medicine, Hematology  
Kobe University
Bone Equipped With Osteocytes as a Central Regulator of Multiple Organs

October 30, 2013
Robert McMahon, PhD
Department of Biology
University of Texas at Arlington
Zebra Mussel Presentation