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Research Mentors

Faculty Academic Title Administrative Title Areas of Research Interest
Jack Caton, DDS, MS Professor Department Chair, Program Director, Periodontics; Associate Director for Education, Eastman Institute for Oral Health Wound healing, diagnosis, tissue engineering, clinical trials
Sharon Elad, DMD, MSc   Professor Chair, Oral Medicine Oral diseases, graft versus host disease, oral manifestations of systemic diseases, oral complications of cancer therapy, mucositis, dental treatment of medically complex patients, topical treatments
Eli Eliav, DMD, MSc, PhD     Professor Director, Eastman Institute for Oral Health; Vice Dean for Oral Health, University of Rochester Medical Center Chronic pain, neuropathic pain, chronic orofacial pain, transition from acute to chronic pain, pain modulation
Carlo Ercoli, DDS Professor, Prosthodontics and Periodontics Chair and Program Director, Prosthodontics Biomechanics of dental implant, dental materials, cutting protocols for tooth and bone substrates
Leonard Fishman, DDS Professor Research Director, Orthodontics Department Growth and development
Paul Funkenbusch, MS, PhD Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science   Experimental design, materials and mechanics, manufacturing and health-related applications
Sangeeta Gajendra, DDS, MPH, MS   Associate Professor Department Clinical Chief, Department of Community Dentistry and Oral Disease Prevention; NYS DPH Residency Program Eastman Dental Site Director Epidemiology of oral diseases, risk assessment, smoking (traditional, e-cigarette) and periodontal disease, quality of life assessment, oral health surveillance programs, evaluation of public health programs
Junad Khan, BDS, MSD, MPH, PhD Assistant Professor, Orofacial Pain   Acute and chronic orofacial pain, pain modulation, exercise induced hypoalgesia, neuropathic pain, pain genetics
Dorota Kopycka-Kedzierawski, DDS, MPH Associate Professor, Department of Community Dentistry and Oral Disease Prevention   Epidemiology of oral diseases, especially dental caries, risk factors of ECC, teledentistry, obesity and caries
Hans Malmström, DDS       Professor Program Director, Advanced Education in General Dentistry and Chair, Department of General Dentistry  Implantology, laser, halitosis, oral surgery, cariology and esthetic dentistry
Cyril Meyerowitz, DDS, MS Professor Director Emeritus, Eastman Institute for Oral Health Cariology, salivary dysfunction, dental aspects of medically compromised patients and postdoctoral general dentistry education, practice-based clinical research
Catherine Ovitt, PhD     Associate Professor, Biomedical Genetics, Center for Oral Biology     Salivary gland function, salivary gland repair and regeneration, radioprotection of the salivary glands, salivary gland carcinomas
Robert Quivey, PhD   Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Center for Oral Biology Director, Center for Oral Biology     The stress-adaptive defenses of Streptococcus mutans and their role in the pathophysiology of dental caries
Yanfang Ren, DDS, PhD, MPH Professor, Department of General Dentistry Associate Chairman, General Dentistry and  Clinical Chief, Urgent Care – Eastman Institute for Oral Health Clinical and translational research in general dentistry
P. Emile Rossouw, BChD, PhD Professor Chair, Department of Orthodontics Bonding, translational research, growth and development including long-term changes and stability, retention, clinical trials including biomechanics, anchorage and outcomes
Ralph H. Saunders, DDS, MS Professor Director of Dental Service, Monroe Community Hospital Investigations of clinical issues in geriatric dentistry including the impact of the use of medications on saliva flow, behaviors of older patients and clinicians who provide their care, epidemiology and preventive dentistry for older adults and issues in education in geriatric dentistry
Ross Tallents, DDS Professor Program Director, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Program Pain: clinical and animal studies
Alexandra Tsigarida, DDS, MS Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Department of Periodontology   Investigations of the microbial profile of peri-implantitis, evaluation of clinical and biological complications of different implant supported prosthesis, soft tissue augmentation techniques, use of probiotics in periodontal treatment
Edwin van Wijngaarden, MSc, PhD Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences Director, Doctoral Program in Epidemiology and Chief, Division of Epidemiology Evaluating the effect of environmental, chemical and physical agents on neurobehavioral and cognitive conditions and cancer
Gene Watson, DDS, MS, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Dentistry, Department of Environmental Medicine & Department of Pharmacology and Physiology Director of Salivary –Dysfunction Center  (Department of Dentistry); Director, Mercury Analytical Laboratory (Department of Environmental Medicine) Toxicology of mercury and other heavy metals, disturbances of salivary gland function, dental caries, pharmacologic agents
Cynthia Wong, DMD, MS     Assistant Professor, Department of Dentistry, Division of Pediatric Dentistry Research Coordinator – Division of Pediatric Dentistry Early childhood caries, caries prevention modalities: chemotherapy, motivational interviewing, dental trauma
Xinping Zhang, MD, MSc, PhD Associate Professor, Center for Musculoskeletal Research   Tissue engineering periosteum, intravital imaging of cranial defect repair and molecular control of osteogenic differentiation of MSCs