Salivary Gland Development and Regeneration
The secretory glands of the head and neck, which are responsible for tears, saliva, and protection of the nasal mucosa, are acutely sensitive to insults posed by radiation treatment or autoimmune diseases, such as Sjogren’s syndrome. For the large number of patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer each year, there are currently no effective means to successfully prevent, or to repair, the damage caused to these glands by radiation treatment. The long-range goal of our work is to establish therapeutic strategies for the repair or regeneration of these damaged secretory glands.
Current Research Projects
- Salivary Glands: Stem Cells, Self-duplication, or Both?J Dent Res. (2015 Aug 18).
- Development of poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels for salivary gland tissue engineering applications.Tissue Eng Part A. 21, 1733-51. (2015 Jun 01).
- Salivary gland homeostasis is maintained through acinar cell self-duplication.Dev Cell. 33, 231-7. (2015 Apr 20).
- Nanoparticle-mediated gene silencing confers radioprotection to salivary glands in vivo.Mol Ther. 21, 1182-94. (2013 Jun 01).