Pathways to Excellence Seminar Presentations

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January 11, 2017
Marion K Gordon, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Rutgers University
An Unusual Fibrillar Collagen, Type XXIV, Plays a Role in Bone

January 25, 2017
Stephen Harris, PhD
Professor and Director of Periodontics
Professor of Biomedical Engineering Program
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio,Texas 
Periodontal and Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem/Progenitor Cells: Role and Mechanism of BMP2 Gene

February 1, 2017
Larry M Wolford, DMD
Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
TMJ Idiopathic Condylar Resorption: Causes and Treatment Options

February 8, 2017
Francisco Ramos-Gomez DDS, MS, MPH
Executive Director of the UCLA Children's Oral Health Center
Bio-Behavioral and Multi-Disciplinary Community Health Model for the Prevention of Early Childhood Caries

February 15, 2017
Hong Liang, PhD
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas A&M University 
Design and Synthesis of Wear and Corrosion-Resistant Composites as Potential Dental Materials

February 22, 2017
Akira Kudo, PhD
Department of Biological Information
School of Life Science and Technology
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Periostin, Physiological Functions in Health and Disease

March 1, 2017
Asaf Keller, PhD
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology 
Program in Neuroscience 
University of Maryland
School of Medicine
The Parabrachial Complex: A Nexus of Ascending and Descending Pain Systems

March 8, 2017
B. Sonny Bal, MD, PhD, JD, MBA
Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Missouri, Columbia
Bioactive Silicon Nitride: A New Therapeutic Material for Osteoarthropathy

March 15, 2017
Nobuhiro Kamiya, MD, PhD
Professor, Sports medicine
Tenri University and Tenri University Graduate School
Roles of BMPR1A in Osteocytes

 March 29, 2017
Xiangmin Xu, MD, PhD
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
School of Medicine
University of California, Irvine
New Insights From Viral Genetic-Based Neural Hippocampus and Pain Revelant Regions

April 12, 2017
Yu-Feng (Winston) Huang, PhD, MSD, DDS
College of Oral Medicine, Taiwan
Diode Laser in Dentistry

 April 13, 2017
Gabrielle Kiss, PhD
Application Scientist
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Large-Scale Data With Nanoscale Insight

April 26, 2017
Man-Kyo Chung, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pain and Neural Sciences 
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Capsaicin Receptor in Craniofacial Muscle Pain

September 6, 2017
Yun Nancy Huang, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor
Center for Epigenetics and Disease Prevention
Institute of Bioscience and Technology
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Deciphering the 6th Base (5-Hydroxymethylyctosine) in the Mouse Genome

September 20, 2017
Ke Ren, MD, PhD
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Immune Interactions and Therapeutic Mesenchymal Stromal Cells

September 27, 2017
Wei Lin, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Baylor University
Unraveling Pancreatic Tumor Heterogeneity Using Single-Cell RNAseq

October 11, 2017
Ming-Hao Zheng, MD, PhD
Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of Western Australia
Osteocyte and its Dendritic Network

October 25, 2017
Joy Richman, DMD, PhD
Faculty of Dentistry
University of British Columbia
Rare Diseases: Using the Chicken Embryo to Functionally Validate the Effects of Rare Human Mutations on Morphogenesis

November 16, 2017
Purnima Kumar, BDS, MDS, PhD
Professor of Periodontology
The Ohio State University
Rock, Paper, Scissors: Relative Contributions of Host Genotype and Environment to Oral Health

 November 29, 2017
Emily Wilson, PhD
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Texas A&M Health Science Center
Mechanical Forces and Vascular Remodeling

 November 30, 2017
Richard Lamont, PhD
Delta Dental Endowed Professor 
Chair of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases 
School of Dentistry 
University of Louisville
Polymicrobial Synergism

December 5, 2017
Matt Kesterke, PhD
Postdoctoral Research/Instructor
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Classroom to Dental Practice: Effective Integration of Anatomical Sciences for Future Clinicians

December 6, 2017
Yi-Ping Li, PhD
Department of Pathology
University of Alabama
School of Medicine
Osteoclast Genes and Their Potential Clinical Application

December 13, 2017
Renny T. Franceschi, PhD
Periodontics, Prevention, and Geriatrics
Biological Chemistry and Biomeidcal Engineering
University of Michigan School of Medicine
Matrix and Biomechanical Regulation of Bone Cell Lineages