Study Clinicians

Taking part in a research study can be intimidating for those who are unfamiliar with research procedures. For these patients who are new to research, we have information on the clinicians who work on our studies with our patients. We encourage those who are interested in participating in a research study to get to know the clinicians on this page.

Circulatory Microbial Components and Immune Regulators of Patients with Periodontal Disease 
(CirCo Study)

Janet Kinney, RDH, MS, MS

Janet completed her MS degrees in Dental Hygiene, and Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis in 2007. Janet has been honored as University of Michigan Dental Hygiene faculty of the year in 2009, and has worked as a Research Dental Hygienist at the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research since 2004, and has published over 10 articles in the field of periodontal clinical research, and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan.

Thiago Morelli Santos, DDS, MS

Thiago Morelli earned his DDS from University of Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2003, where he then completed multiple clinical internships before working in private practice.  Upon arriving in the United States Dr. Morelli became a clinical research fellow at the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research in 2006 before completing his MS in the Graduate Periodontics program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he studied protein expression profiling in soft tissue during periodontal wound healing. Thiago has been awarded the American Academy of Periodontology Abram and Sylvia Chasens Teaching and Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention at the Midwest Society of Periodontology Graduate Student Competition, and Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship in Periodontics in 2010.




Cell Therapy Using Autologous Bone Marrow Cells Expanded Ex Vivo and Delivered Using Calcium Triphosphate Study

Darnell Kaigler, Jr., DDS, MS, PhD

Darnell Kaigler completed his DDS in 2001 and earned a PhD in Oral Health Sciences in 2004. Dr. Kaigler subsequently earned a certificate in Operative Dentistry, followed by an MS in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis and a Post-doctoral Fellowship through the School's NIDCR Tissue Engineering Training Program at Clinical Research Core (formerly known as the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research). Dr. Kaigler also earned his Certificate in Periodontology from the University of Michigan, and is Board Certified from the American Board of Periodontology. His research interests focus on cell-based therapies for alveolar bone tissue engineering applications.





Clinical Research Core
General Phone: (734) 998 - 1468
Patient Phone: (734) 998 - 6721
Fax: (734) 998 - 6900
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr.
Lobby M, Box 422
Ann Arbor, MI 48106 


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