Pathways to Excellence Seminar Presentations

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January 7, 2015
Ted Price, PhD 
Associate Professor
Head of Neuroscience 
School of Behavior and Brain Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas
CNS Mechanisms Underlying the Transition to Chronic Pain

February 11, 2015
Robert Maxon, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Southern California School of Medicine
Transcriptional Control of Mammalian Skull Development

February 18, 2015
Yan Jing, DDS, PhD
Direct Transformation of Chondrocytes Into Bone Cells is a Novel Physiological Step in Condyle Formation

March 18, 2015
Santosh D'Mello, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Southern Methodist University
The Yin Yang Role of HDAC in the Brain

April 2, 2015
Aris Economides, PhD
Executive Director
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Application of Human Genetics, Genome Engineering and Animal Models to the Development of Biologic Therapeutics

April 16, 2015
Marybeth Francis, BS, MS
University of Illinois
College of Dentistry
Histone Methylation State as Harbinger of Periodontal Tissue Destruction in Diabetic Patients

April 22, 2015
David Kohn, PhD
Departments of Biologic & Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan
Endogenous and Exogenous Alterations in Bone Composition: Does More Bone Translate Into Better Quality?

April 29, 2015
Jacques Nör, DDS, PhD
Donald A Kerr Professor of Dentistry
University of Michigan
Cancer Stem Cells in Head and Neck Malignancies

 May 6th, 2015
Sue Herring, PhD
Professor of Orthodontics and Oral Health Sciences
School of Dentistry
University of Washington
Botox in Jaw Muscles: An Inside View

May 13, 2015
Sunil Wadha, DDS, PhD
Division of Orthodontics
College of Dental Medicine
Columbia University
TMJ= the Mystery Joint

May 20, 2015
Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor of Oral Medicine
Interim Associate Dean for Research
School of Dental Medicine
University of Connecticut
Oral Mucositis: Pathogenesis and Clinical Management

June 10, 2015
Caroline Rinaldi, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Basic Medical Sciences
School of Medicine
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Physiology to Functional Morphology: What Dentin Growth Increments Reveal About the Lives of the Extinct

June 17, 2015
Melih Acar, PhD
Assistant Instructor
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Children's Medical Center Research Institute
Deep Imaging of Bone Marrow Shows Hematopoietic Stem Cells are Perisinusoidal 

June 24, 2015
Hu Zhao, MS, DDS
Research Assistant Professor
Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology (CCMB)
Ostro School of Dentistry
University of Southern California
Applications of Cell Lineage Tracing and Confocal Immuno-Fluorene Techniques in Studying Craniofacial Development

July 1, 2015
Michael T Dellinger, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Surgical Oncology
Department of Surgery, Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research
UT Southwestern Medical Center 
Molecular Regulation of Developmental and Tumor Lymphangiogenesis

July 29, 2015
Katherine Luby- Phelps, PhD
UT Southwestern Medical Center 
Live Cell Imaging Facility and the Electron Microscopy Core Facility
Department of Cell Biology
Microscope Imaging Resources at UT Southwestern 

September 15, 2015
Yin Xiao, MDSc, PhD
Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Queensland University of Technology
Australia-China Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (ACCTERM)
Signaling Pathway Manipulation and Periodontal Regeneration

September 16, 2015
Ashok Kulkarni, PhD
Senior Investigator and Chief
Functional Genomics Section
Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology
Gene Targeting Facility NIDCR/NIH
Molecular Roles of CDK5 in Orofacial Pain Signaling

 October 1, 2015
Rena D'Souza, DDS, PhD
Associate Vice Provost for Research of Dentistry
Pathology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy
The University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Think Like an Innovator

October 21, 2015
Andrea Taylor, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine
Jaw-Muscle Function, Feeding Behavior and Feeding Performance in Primates

October 28, 2015
Regis O'Keefe, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
Epigenetics, Chondrocytes, and Osteoartritis

November 4, 2015
George Huang, DDS, MSD, DSc
Professor & Director for Stem Cells and Regenerative Therapies
Department of Bioscience Research
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Oral Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine

November 11, 2015
Olga Baker, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Utah School of Dentistry
Experimental Approaches in the Treatment of Salivary Gland Dysfunction

 December 2, 2015
Bennett Amaechi, BDS, MSc, PhD, FADI
Professor of Dentistry
Director of Cariology
Department of Comprehensive Dentistry
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, Texas 
Probiotics for Oral Health: The Road So Far

December 9, 2015
Dana Graves, DDS, DMSc
Vice Dean for Scholarship and Research
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Osteoblast Lineage Cells Play a Central Role in Periodontal Bone Loss

December 16, 2015
Yoshihiro Komatsu, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics 
Genes and Development Program
University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Canonical and Non-Canonical Intraflagellar Transport Regulates Craniofacial Skeletal Development