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Dental Hygiene

Janet Kinney, RDH, MS

Janet Kinney photo Clinical Associate Professor & Director, Division of Dental Hygiene
Research Fellow, Clinical Research Core

Division of Dental Hygiene
Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
1101 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078
Recent Publications


Janet Kinney received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan in 1983.  Much of Janet’s clinical practice has been in the specialty of periodontics - an area of dentistry she finds both personally and professionally rewarding.  For several years Janet practiced overseas in Zurich, Switzerland, returning to the United States in 2004 in order to commence the Master’s Degree Programs at the University of Michigan in both Dental Hygiene and Clinical Research and Statistical Design.

Professional Organizations

Janet is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Past President of Nu Chapter, Sigma Phi Alpha (Dental Hygiene Honor Society), and Past Secretary of the University of Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Alumnae Association.

Research Interests

Janet is a Research Fellow at the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research participating in clinical trials.  She is currently involved in an investigation for the diagnosis of periodontal disease using microfluidic amounts of oral fluids for the detection of periopathogenic biomarkers.  She is also involved in a clinical trial investigating a pharmacologic agent in the relationship of bone regeneration, periodontal disease and osteoporosis.


Kinney JS, Morelli T, Oh M, Braun TM, Ramseier CA, Sugai JV, Giannobile WV. Crevicular fluid biomarkers and periodontal disease progression. J Clin Periodontol. 2013 Nov 7.

Tatarakis N, Kinney JS, Inglehart M, Braun TM, Shelburne C, Lang NP, Giannobile WV, Oh TJ. Clinical, microbiological, and salivary biomarker profiles of dental implant patients with type 2 diabetes. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2013 Feb 27.

Lee A, Ghaname CB, Braun TM, Sugai JV, Teles RP, Loesche WJ, Kornman KS, Giannobile WV, Kinney JS. Bacterial and salivary biomarkers predict the gingival inflammatory profile. J Periodontol. 2012 Jan;83(1):79-89.

Bashutski JD, Eber RM, Kinney JS, Benavides E, Maitra S, Braun TM, Giannobile WV, McCauley LK. The impact of vitamin D status on periodontal surgery outcomes. J Dent Res. 2011 Aug;90(8):1007-12.

Kinney JS, Morelli T, Braun T, Ramseier CA, Herr AE, Sugai JV, Shelburne CE, Rayburn LA, Singh AK, Giannobile WV. Saliva/pathogen biomarker signatures and periodontal disease progression. J Dent Res. 2011 Jun;90(6):752-8.

Bashutski JD, Eber RE, Kinney JS, Benavides E, Maitra S, Braun T, Giannobile WV, McCauley LK. Teriparatide and Osseous Regeneration in the Oral Cavity. N Engl J Med 2010. E-published Oct 16 2010. PubMed PMID: 20950166.

Ramseier CA, Kinney JS, Herr AE, Braun T, Sugai JV, Shelburne CA, Rayburn LA, Tran HM, Singh AK, Giannobile WV. Identification of pathogen and host-response markers correlated with periodontal disease. J Periodontol. 2009 Mar;80(3):436-46. PubMed PMID: 19254128.

Giannobile WV, Beikler T, Kinney JS, Ramseier CA, Morelli T, Wong DT. Saliva as a diagnostic tool for periodontal disease: current state and future directions. Periodontol 2000. 2009;50:52-64. PubMed PMID: 19388953.

Shelburne CE, Shelburne PS, Dhople VM, Sweier DG, Giannobile WV, Kinney JS, Coulter WA, Mullally BH, Lopatin DE. Serum antibodies to Porphyromonas gingivali chaperone HtpG predict health in periodontitis susceptible patients. PLoS One. 2008 Apr 23;3(4):e1984. PubMed PMID: 18431474; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2291562.

Kinney JS, Ramseier CA, Giannobile WV. Oral fluid-based biomarkers of alveolar bone loss in periodontitis. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2007 Mar;1098:230-51. Review PubMed PMID: 17435132; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2570328.