Principal Investigator

Catherine E. Ovitt, Ph.D. University of Rochester work Box 611 Rochester NY p (585) 275-2920 f (585) 276-0190


Ovitt Lab University of Rochester work KMRB G-9639 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester NY 14642 p (585) 273-3076 f (585) 276-0190


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

Regenerating the Salivary Glands: Are Stem Cells the Key?

Recent Publications