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Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics

Areas of Focus

Areas of Focus:

  • Bauer, Patricia "Trish" - Educational research projects and focus on using online computer techniques which allows tooth preparation by students in advance of laboratory exercises to facilitate psychomotor education.
  • Bayne, Stephen, - Restorative materials research, clinical trials, and virtual reality inveestigations for educational research.  At the moment the educational research is focused on using online computer techniques to facilitate psychomotor education.
  • Botero, Tatiana, - Dr. Botero is involved in studying the angiogenic responses in the dental pulp tissues caused by dental caries.  Some topics as Caries-induced angiogenesis of the dental pulp in human teeth.  LPS-induced signaling during VEGF expression.  Anti-angiogenic therapy on the dental pulp (animal model) and MTA effects on odontoblastic differentiation of apical papilla stem cells are the main focus of her research.
  • Chiego Jr., Daniel, - Innervation of the pulp; central mechanisms of salivation and how specific autonomic nerves innervating the nucleus of the solitary tract and the inferior salivatory nucleus interact within the brainstem; comparing the temporal sequence of gene expression (inflammatory mediators and growth factors) found in periapical granulomas and cysts using gene arrays, histopathology and digital radiography which will progress to an animal study to resolve these lesions using nanotechnology.  Dr. Chiego is currently collaborating with colleagues at Wayne State Medical School analyzing head and neck tumors for specific proteins associated with stress in the endoplasmic reticulum and the unfolded protein response (a cell survival mechanism) including eIF4E and GRP78.  Both of these proteins have been shown to be activated during tumor formation.
  • Clarkson, Brian, - The effect of dentin proteins on dentin remineralization, the etiology of dental fluorosis, the regeneration of dental mineralized tissue especially the dentin enamel junction using stem cells, and the synthesis of HAP/FAP crystals and films for creating synthetic enamel, producing new restorative materials and treating sensitive dentin.
  • de Peralta, Tracy, - Specific interests in educational research concerning modification and refinement of assessment strategies and feedback mechanisms to students for enhanced learning opportunities. External collaborative work with Prof Richard Handy in the UK with specific interests in biological benefits of development of nanotechnology in dental materials. Further external collaborative work with Prof Robert Sneyd in the UK looking at baseline levels of endocrine disrupting compounds measured in patients entering dental treatment.
  • Dennison, Joseph, - Laboratory and clinical investigations of restorative materials (composite, bonding systems, cements, glass ionomers).
  • Fasbinder, Dennis, - Digital impressions and CAD/CAM technology for the fabrication of esthetic restorations.  Clinical research projects involve chair-side application of CAD/CAm systems and clinical application of Digitial impression systems for fabrication of esthetic onlays and crowns with innovative, adhesive ceramic and composite materials.
  • Fitzgerald, Mark, - Educational research projects investigating the effectiveness of SPI's as well as online computer technologies in teaching communication and clinical skills in dentistry.
  • Fontana, Margherita - Studies focused on improving caries management in children, and collaborating with other disciplines (e.g., pediatricians) to help address disparities in care.  Studies are specifically focused on risk assessment, dental sealants and sealing caries, oral biofilms as it relates to caries development and/or prevention (and included in this area, therapies that may affect the biofilm, such as xylitol, and in vitro caries biofilm models), secondary caries, caries remineralization, and early caries detection and activity assessment.  Educational research to understand variations in caries decision-making and developing, and improve caries risk-based management educational models that will promote critical thinking and use of evidence based information in order to improve the oral health of patients and the community.
  • Garcia, Daniela, -
  • González-Cabezas, CarlosHis research interests are mostly related to increasing our understanding of dental caries and their critical management.  He is regularly engaged in numerous research projects with particular interest remineralization, fluorides, diagnosis and oral health products in general (e.g., dentifrices, rinses, toothbrushes, etc.).  Currently, he is focused in three research areas: 1) Development of new approaches to prevent or reverse caries activity by using new information from  biofilms obtained using an innovative wireless devices with microsensors, 2) Development of new methods to remineralize non-cavitated pits and fissures lesions more efficiently, 3) Development of more efficacious and safer fluoride varnishes.
  • Heys, Donald Directing the undergraduate comprehensive care clinical experience for students. Implementation of new clinical technologies to the students clinical experience.  Clinical investigation of restorative materials especially in the area of ceramic crowns and onlays.
  • Heys, Ronald - Improvement in the clinical experince of dental students. Implementation of the digital impressions in the under graduate dental clinics, clinical evaluation of all ceramic crowns.
  • Holland, G. Rex, - Pain mechanisms in the tooth and the role of the immune system in producing opoid peptides peripherally; biometrics, evidence-based dentistry, and ethics research.
  • Jin, Qiming - Research is focused on bone biology, dental implant osseointegration, and periodontal tissue engineering using cell therapy and growth factor gene therapy approaches.
  • Krishnan, Gail - Restorative dental material research, educational research focused on the use of technology to facilitate psychomotor education for dental students, improving faculty evaluation and assessment and the use of computerized modules to enhance students' clinical self assessment.  Studies in collaboration with other dental schools focused on educating dental providers to work in underserved communities.
  • McLean, Mary Ellen, - Educational research projects; online computer techniques to facilitate psychomotor education.
  • McDonald, Neville, - Endodontic assessment of apical anatomy and electriconic apex locators; clinical trials to assess the outcomes of endodontic surgery.
  • Neiva, Gisele, - Clinical research of restorative dental materials (composite resins, resin cements, dental porcelain and tooth bleaching); dental pulp tissues reaction to restorative dental materials and reactionary/reparative dentin formation.
  • Nör, Jacques, - Cellular and molecular regulation of tumor angiogenesis; the use of stem cells for the engineering of dental pulps.
  • Peters, Mathilde "Tilly", - Cariology & Minimally Invasive Dentistry (modification of biofilm environment, remineralization, lesion infiltration, bioactive ion-releasing restorative materials); clinical research involving those systems.
  • Piskorowski, Wilhelm "Bill", - Delivery-of-care systems, outreach programs, and new methods of reaching underserved populations.
  • Ritchie, Helena, - Research scope is focused on dentin sialoprotein (DSP) and phosphophoryn (PP).  Current research areas include DSP-PP gene regulation, DSP-PP precursor protein processing, and DSP/PP functional roles during tissue development
  • Sweier, Domenica "Nikki", - Basic science research which investigates host-parasite interactions in periodontal disease in humans; clinical research in Geriatric Dentistry involving caries prevention and oral health education among non-dental health care practitioners.
  • Vivas, Jose, - Laboratory and clinical investigations of restorative materials for esthetic dentistry and Prosthodontics (all-ceramic restorations, cements).
  • Yaman, Peter, - Laboratory and clinical investigations of restorative materials and esthetic techniques.



Updated: 01/03/2014