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Periodontology grad student receives first Kerr Scholarship

From left, Dr. William Giannobile, Nathalia Paiva de Andrade, Sandy Herold and Dean Laurie McCauley during the announcement of the first Kerr Scholarship.

Ann Arbor, Mich., July 5, 2017 -– Nathalia Paiva de Andrade, a graduate student in periodontology at the School of Dentistry, has received the initial Donald Kerr Endowed Scholarship in Periodontics and Oral Medicine.

Kerr’s daughter, Sandy Herold, helped present the award in June during the inaugural Kerr Symposium honoring her father, who was a faculty member for 40 years before retiring in 1977.

The award, announced by Dr. William Giannobile, chairman of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, recognizes an outstanding graduate student entering the advanced education program in periodontics. Winners must demonstrate a strong academic record, service and commitment to leadership, and clinical excellence in periodontics or oral pathology. The scholarship provides a $25,000 award to offset educational costs over three years.

Paiva de Andrade begins at the School of Dentistry this summer in a three-year course of study that leads to a master’s degree in periodontology. A native of Brazil, she earned three dental degrees from the University of Sao Paulo: a DDS in 2012, a master’s degree in Oral Sciences in 2015, and a PhD in Oral Sciences in 2017. Her master’s dissertation was an immunohistochemical profile of orthotopic xenograft tumors derived of cancer stem cells isolated from oral squamous cell carcinoma. She has worked as a general dentist in a private practice focusing on periodontics and dental implants, and has done graduate study at several universities, including at U-M with Dr. Jacques Nör.


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