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Giannobile New AAAS Fellow

Will Giannobile

Ann Arbor, MI — November 23, 2015 — Dr. William Giannobile has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He was among 347 scientists nationwide, and one of six from the University of Michigan, to be awarded the honor for his work that advances scientific and research applications that benefit humanity.

Giannobile, chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the U-M School of Dentistry, is the Najjar Professor of Dentistry and is also a professor of biomedical engineering at the College of Engineering.

After earning his DDS and master’s degree in oral biology from the University of Missouri in 1991, Giannobile received both a certificate in periodontology and Doctor of Medical Sciences in oral biology from Harvard University in 1996.  Two years later, he completed postdoctoral training in molecular biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard Medical School.  He also served as a faculty member at Harvard and the Forsyth Institute.  He began his career at the U-M School of Dentistry in 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics, Prevention and Geriatrics, now the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine.

Giannobile’s research program focuses on regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and personalized medicine and has been continuously funded for more than 20 years.  He has authored more than 200 scholarly publications and is the editor of five textbooks on clinical and translational research.

Giannobile has received numerous awards for his research including the Distinguished Scientist Award (2010) and the William J. Gies Award  (2014) from the American Academy of Periodontology.  He was the first School of Dentistry faculty member to receive U-M’s prestigious Henry Russel Award for his outstanding record of teaching and research (2003).  He also received the Anthony Rizzo Periodontal Research Award from the International Association of Dental Research (2002), the R. Earl Robinson Regeneration Award from the American Academy of Periodontology (2002, 2003, 2006) for a peer-reviewed paper that contributed the most to the knowledge of periodontal regeneration.

Giannobile has served as a visiting professor at the University of Genoa, Italy, Medical School and with the Department of Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Institute at University College in London.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a fellow in both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, Giannobile is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Dental Research, the official journal of the International and American Associations for Dental Research.  A past president of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, Giannobile is also a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Dental Devices.

“I am grateful for the support I have received from the U-M School of Dentistry that has enabled me to pursue my research, clinical and teaching interests which has led to this prestigious recognition from AAAS,” Giannobile said.  

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, and a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances.  AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The non-profit AAAS is open to all, with a mission to “advance science and serve society.”