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Dr. Russell Taichman New Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Russell Taichman, the Major Ash Collegiate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, became the School’s new Associate Dean for Research effective September 1 following approval of U-M Regents.  His five-year appointment to the position was endorsed by the School’s Executive Committee and announced by Dean Laurie McCauley.

In his new role, Taichman will be the liaison between the School and the University’s Office of Vice President for Research.  He will also serve as liaison between the Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the School’s research training program, including PhD and postdoctoral support.  He will also assist department chairs at the School in recruiting exceptional faculty members and advise on resources necessary to maintain an outstanding research and research training infrastructure and culture at the School of Dentistry.

Taichman’s research focuses on how bone cells regulate stem cell function and development.  Closely related to that is his research that seeks to understand how prostate cancer cells thwart stem cell development and function.

“Dr. Taichman brings a wealth of talent and experience to this role,” McCauley said.  “I also would like to extend my profound appreciation to Dr. Charlotte Mistretta for her service to the School in this role since 2005.”  Mistretta will return to her role as a faculty member in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences.

Taichman earned a DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1986 and a DMSc from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine four years later.  He joined the School as an assistant professor in 1992 and became professor in 2005.  In the summer of 2003, he was asked to develop a new program at the School of Dentistry that would focus on leadership.  That program, the Scholars Program in Dental Leadership, brings together a group of exceptional students with various interests and experiences to help them develop a leadership mindset and the skills they can use to initiate change in dentistry, dental hygiene, education, research or academia.



Posted September 23, 2014