School of Dentistry

Research Domains

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Luiz Bertassoni, D.D.S., Ph.D.: Tissue engineering, 3D printing, microfluidics
Despoina Bompolaki, D.D.S.: Ceramic materials, prosthodontics, implant dentistry
Jack Ferracane, Ph.D.: Biomaterials, dental materials, tissue regeneration
Jorge Garaicoa, D.D.S.: Dental materials for restorative dentistry
Tom Hilton, D.M.D.: Dental materials, restorative dentistry
Laura Iwasaki, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.., C.D.A.B.O.: Orthodontic applications, TMJ mechanics & modeling
Jeff Nickel, D.M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.: Orthodontic applications, TMJ mechanics & modeling
Carmem Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D.: Polymer chemistry, dental materials, biomaterials
Hidehiko Watanabe, D.D.S.: Restorative dentistry, dental materials, clinical trials

Biomaterials, tissue engineering and regeneration

Scientists at OHSU School of Dentistry are studying the synthesis and development of new biomaterials for the replacement of lost or damaged oral tissues. This research includes the development of new materials for tooth repair, such as resin-based dental adhesives and restoratives having enhanced durability, antimicrobial behavior and remineralizing potential. The team is actively involved in research involving the interaction between dental biomaterials and oral biofilms to produce material solutions with enhanced clinical longevity and performance. Another strategy involves the use of 3D bioprinting of scaffolds containing cells and bioactive molecules for tissue regeneration.

Michael Danilchik, Ph.D.: Cellular basis of morphogenesis
Agnieszka Balkowiec, M.D., Ph.D.: Molecular mechanisms of orofacial pain
Laura Iwasaki, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., C.D.A.B.O.: Craniofacial development, TMD & orofacial pain
Kirsten Lampi, M.Sc., Ph.D.: Development of the zebrafish lens
Steve Matsumoto, Ph.D.: Development, electrophysiology, stem cells
David Morton, Ph.D.: Molecular and cellular neurobiology
Jeff Nickel, D.M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.: Craniofacial development, TMD & orofacial pain
Marcel Wehrli, Ph.D.: Wnt signaling, cancer, stem cells
Baotong Xie, Ph.D.: Neural fate specification, regulatory networks
Jack Ferracane, Ph.D.: Oral biofilms
Tom Hilton, Ph.D.: Oral biofilms
Jens Kreth, D.D.S., Ph.D.: Streptococcal biology and ecology
Kirsten Lampi, M.Sc., Ph.D.: Proteomics of oral biofilms
Tom Maier, Ph.D.: Microbiology of early childhood caries
Justin Merritt, Ph.D.: Streptococcal genetics and oral dysbiosis
Sivaraman Prakasam, B.S.D., M.S.D., Ph.D.: Innate immunity and periodontal diseases
Despoina Bompolaki, D.D.S.: Ceramic materials, prosthodontics, implant dentistry
Jack Ferracane, Ph.D.: Clinical and practice based research
Tom Hilton, Ph.D.: Clinical and practice based research
Laura Iwasaki, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., C.D.A.B.O.: Tooth movement, craniofacial growth, TMD & orofacial pain
Tobie Jones, D.M.D.: Educational and assessment modalities
Jim Katancik, D.D.S., Ph.D.: Microbiology of dental implants
Richie Kohli, B.D.S., M.S. (D.P.H.): Oral health disparities research
Curt Machida, Ph.D.: Determinants of early childhood caries
Jeff Nickel, D.M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.: Tooth movement, craniofacial growth, TMD & orofacial pain
Sylvia Nelsen, Ph.D.: Educational models for enhanced student learning
Sivaraman Prakasam, B.S.D., M.S.D., Ph.D.: Dental implant outcomes
Amit Punj, D.M.D., B.D.S.: Clinical and practice based research
Eli Schwarz, K.O.D., D.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., F.H.K.A.M., F.H.K.C.D.S., F.A.C.D., F.R.A.C.D.S.: Health servicse research, teledentistry, workforce
Harjit Sehgal, B.D.S., M.S.: Clinical and practice based research
Tom Shearer, Ph.D.: Selecting patients for clinical trials