Pathways to Excellence Seminar Presentations

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

Schedules and speakers for the 2019 presentations will be posted on this page as the information becomes available.


January 15, 2019
Zhipeng Meng, PhD
Assistant Project Scientist
Department of Pharmacology
Moores Cancer Center
UC San Diego 
La Jolla, CA
The Novel Hippo Pathway Components MAP4Ks and RAP2 Control Cell Growth

January 23, 2019
Noriaki Ono, DDS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
School of Dentistry 
University of Michigan 
Ann Arbor, MI
Skeletal/Mesenchymal Stem Cells: How Much Do We Know About Them?

January 30, 2019
David Findlay, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedic Research
Discipline of Orthopaedics and Trauma
University of Adelaide
South Australia
Osteoarthritis and the Need for a Quantum Leap

February 20, 2019
Brad A Amendt, PhD
Centennial Professor
Associate Dean for Research 
College of Dentistry
Director, Craniofacial Anomalies Research Center 
Carver College of Medicine 
The University of Iowa
New Biotechnology to Inhibit MicroRNA Activity: A Method for Understanding Developmental, Genetic, and Disease Processes 

March 13, 2019
Jean Jiang, PhD
Ashbel Smith Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology
UT Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX
Hemichannels in Mechanotransduction and Cancer Bone Metastasis

March 22, 2019
Danny Chan, PhD
S Y and H Y Cheng Professor in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine 
School of Biomedical Science 
LKS Faculty of Medicine 
The University of Hong Kong 
Exploiting the "True" Progenitor Cells for Articular Cartilage Repair 

 April 3, 2019
Bjorn Osen, MD, PhD 
Professor of Developmental Biology 
Hersey Professor of Cell Biology 
Harvard Dental School
Outs and ins of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor— a Journey With Remarkable Students and Postdocs 

 April 17, 2019
Ken Muneoka, PhD 
Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology 
Texas A&M University 
Induced Regeneration in Mice: Identifying Sleeper Stem Cells 

September 4, 2019
Sarah Calve, PhD
Leslie A. Geddes Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Biological Sciences
Purdue University
Mapping the Material Properties of the Extracellular Matrix During Development

September 18, 2019
Feng Wei, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Neural and Pain Sciences
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Central Serotonin Mechanism of Chronic Pain Conditions

October 2, 2019
Liu Hong, MD, PhD
Department of Dental Research
University of Iowa
Therapeutic Uses of MicroRNAs in Inflammation and Regeneration

October 9, 2019
Yuji Mishina, PhD
Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Molecular and Cellular Analyses of BMP-Dependent Coupling Signals Between Osteoclasts and Osteoblasts During Bone Remodeling

October 16, 2019
Baohong Zhao, DMD, PhD
Assistant Scientist
Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
FoxO3 Isoform2: A Novel Player in IFN-I Activation and OsteoclasticInhibition

 November 6, 2019
Douglas R. Keene
Assistant Investigator and Director
Micro-Imaging Center
Shriners Hospital for Children
Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa: An EM Evaluation of Current Therapies to Ameliorate a Disease of Type VII Collagen

November 13, 2019
Peter S. Ungar, PhD
Environmental Dynamics PhD Program
Distinguished Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Arkansas
Honorary Research Fellow
Evolutionary Studies Institute
University of the Witwatersrand
Evolution’s Bite: Dental Evidence for the Diets of Our Distant Ancestors 

November 20, 2019
Barry Sessle, BDS, MDS, PhD
Faculty of Dentistry
Department of Physiology
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Glial and Neuronal Processes Underlying Orofacial Pain

December 11, 2019
Johnna Temenoff, PhD
Associate Chair for Translational Research
Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Tech and Emory University
Cell Delivery for Repair of Musculoskeletal Tissues