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Thursday March 2, 2023

2023 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Wenyuan Shi

“The Emerging Technologies that will Shape the Future of Dentistry.”

2023 SOD Research Day Keynote Speaker Wenyuan Shi Portrait

Dr. Wenyuan Shi is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Forsyth Institute and has led the Forsyth Institute since 2017. He also served as Forsyth’s Chief Scientific Officer until Dr. Ben Wu joined the team in 2023. Before his appointment, Shi was the chairman and professor of Oral Biology at UCLA Schools of Dentistry as well as the Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA School of Medicine for 20+ years.

Dr. Shi has been leading numerous NIH grants to use multidisciplinary approaches to study oral microbial pathogenesis with a specific focus on microbial biofilm, inter-species interaction and signal transduction.  In addition, Dr. Shi’s laboratory is actively involved in the development of next generation of diagnostic and therapeutic tools against oral microbial infections, including instant chairside detection of oral pathogens and peptide based targeted antimicrobial therapeutics.  These translational research efforts have resulted in novel technologies that were licensed and developed by major pharmaceutical, dental and biotech companies.  Dr. Shi is the founding scientist, former chief scientific officer and chairman of the scientific advisory board of C3J Therapeutics Inc., which is now called Armata Pharmaceuticals (, listed on NYSE.

Dr. Shi obtained his BS degree from Fudan University (Shanghai) in 1984, acquired his Ph.D degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 and fulfilled his postdoctoral training at University of California-Berkeley during 1992-1995.  He is co-author and co-inventor of over 250 scientific articles and 40 patents and patent applications.

Guest speaker

Raymond A. Cohlmia, D.D.S.

Raymond A. Cohlmia, D.D.S. Secretary and Executive Director of the American Dental Association

Dr. Raymond A. Cohlmia is the Executive Director of the American Dental Association, the nation’s leading advocate for oral health.
Dr. Cohlmia graduated in 1988 from The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. He was in private practice for 26 years prior to becoming full-time faculty at The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, where he served as Dean for seven years prior to his full-time appointment at the ADA.
Dr. Cohlmia is a life member of the ADA and served in the ADA House of Delegates as both a delegate and alternate delegate and on several councils and committees of the ADA over his tenure of many years of volunteer service to the ADA. He most recently served from 2015 to 2019 as the Twelfth District Trustee and was elected to the Board of the American Dental Association Science and Research Institute (ADASRI), where he served as their founding chair. He has also served in multiple capacities in the local and state levels, serving as president of both his local component and state associations.
Along with being known for his leadership in the association, he is also known in dental education. While serving in his previous academic position, he created an innovative model of clinical delivery in the college.
Dr. Cohlmia remains a member in many affiliate organizations, including the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre-Fauchard Academy of Dentistry, and the American Dental Education Association. Further, he has served on both dental and non-dental based foundation boards.
He is very active in his church that was founded by his great-grandfather. He comes from a family of dentists, including his father, brother, and numerous relatives. He and his wife have three sons, of which, two are general dentists.

Join us online

The posters are in person only this year, but you can attend the keynote speaker event virtually.

2023 SOD Research Day Poster
Download the 2023 SOD Research Day Abstract Booklet.
Thursday, March 2 Schedule
Time Event Location
8:30 AM Poster and Exhibit Session 1 KCRB ground floor (eastside/ river entrance)
9:40 AM Poster and Exhibit Session 2 KCRB ground floor (eastside/ river entrance)
10:50 AM Poster and Exhibit Session 3 KCRB ground floor (eastside/ river entrance)
12 Noon Lunch KCRB (outside of KCRB Auditorium)
12:30 PM Welcome from the Deans KCRB Auditorium
Guest speaker: Dr. Ray Cohlmia, American Dental Association Executive Director KCRB Auditorium
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Wenyuan Shi, Chief Executive Officer of the Forsyth Institute KCRB Auditorium
Awards KCRB Auditorium
3:00 PM End of Research Day

Knight Cancer Research Building

Knight Cancer Research Builind. Rectangular modern looking building.
2720 S. Moody Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

SOD Research Day contacts

Please feel free to reach out to the team with questions:

Hui Wu, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research, School of Dentistry

Sivaraman Prakasam, B.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics

Stefani Sheldon, M.P.H.
Research and Finance Administrator
503 494-8774

Tarn Allen
Senior Grants & Contracts Coordinator

Tippi Etzel
Training Programs Coordinator

2022 Research Day

SOD held another successful Research Day on March 3, 2022! With 45 live virtual presentations (36 research projects and 9 CaseCATs) from SOD faculty, research staff, and DMD students, as well as the first in-person keynote speech in two years from Dr. Susanne Scherrer, we were pleased that the hybrid event was a success!

Congratulations to the 2022 Research Day winners!


Thank you to our 2022 Keynote Speaker, Susanne Scherrer, D.D.S., D.M.D., P.D., Professor, Head of Biomaterials, and Head of Continuing Education at the University Clinics of Dental Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. She presented, "Why did that bridge fail? The eye-opening use of fractography for clinical fractures of fixed prosthetics." All Research Day poster presentations are now available for viewing: SOD Research 2022 Video Presentations