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Lysle Johnston, Jr. Collegiate Professorship Established

Dr. Nan Hatch Named Inaugural Professor

Ann Arbor, MI — October 5, 2015 — The University of Michigan School of Dentistry has established a new collegiate professorship that recognizes the achievements and contributions of Dr. Lysle Johnston, Jr. (DDS 1961, MS orthodontics 1964) who chaired the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry from 1991 until May 2004. He retired in 2005.

Dr. Nan Hatch, an associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, was recently named the inaugural professor by Dean Laurie McCauley.

Hatch earned her DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1999.  She received her orthodontics certificate in 2003 and PhD in molecular and cellular biology in 2005, both from the University of Washington.  She joined U-M as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2005.  She became an assistant professor in 2008 and became an associate professor with tenure this year.

Hatch’s research focuses on craniofacial development and bone biology.  Her scholarly work focuses on understanding the biologic mechanisms for craniosynostosis, a birth defect in which one or more joints between the bones of a baby’s skull close prematurely, and translational research on treatment strategies for the disease.

She has received multiple awards for her research, including the Harold M. Frost Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (2008), a first-place Edward H. Hatton Award (in the Senior Basic Science category) from the International Association for Dental Research (2007), a first-place award (in the Post-Doctoral category) from the American Association for Dental Research (2007). 

Johnston received his DDS from U-M in 1961 and MS in orthodontics from U-M 1964 and a PhD in anatomy/neuroanatomy in 1970 from Case Western Reserve University.  During his career, Johnston contributed to the education of more than 300 specialists in orthodontics at U-M, lectured worldwide, and received some of the most prestigious awards in orthodontics.

Funding for the Lysle Johnston, Jr. Collegiate Professorship in Orthodontics was made possible with generous gifts of colleagues, alumni and friends.