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February 2018 - Carmem Pfeifer

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Carmem Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Division of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at OHSU School of Dentistry. She obtained her D.D.S. and Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, focusing on polymerization stress development in resin composites. She then did a post-doc fellowship (2008-2011) at the University of Colorado, with emphasis in Polymer Chemistry and real-time, optically coupled material characterization. Pfeifer has published over 70 research articles and book chapters in the field of Dental Materials Sciences and Polymer Chemistry, reaching an H factor of 21, according to Scopus. She serves as the reviewer for over 40 journals in polymer science and biomaterials, as well as for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at NIH.

Pfeifer’s research focuses on the development of innovative polymeric materials for restorative dentistry and broader biomaterials and engineering applications. She is also interested on the development of analytical tools to characterize polymer properties evolution in real-time. Her research and career development is funded by NIDCR, the Oregon Medical Foundation and industry partners. She recently received the Discovery Award from the Women in Academic Medicine committee at OHSU.

Mildred Embree - January 2018

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Mildred Embree, D.M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York, N.Y.

Embree graduated magna cum laude from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. with double B.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry and received her D.M.D. and Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the Dental Medicine Scientist Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. For her Ph.D. training, she was awarded a fellowship though the NIH Graduate Partnership Program and completed her Ph.D. graduate work at the NIDCR in Bethesda, Md. focusing on extracellular matrix and osteoarthritis. She specializes in temporomandibular joint and musculoskeletal biology and diseases, stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Kimon Divaris - December 2017

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Kimon Divaris, D.D.S., Ph.D. is the newly elected AADR representative to the IADR/AADR Publications Committee. Divaris received his D.D.S. from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Dentistry in 2005 and Certificates in Pediatric Dentistry and Global Health from University of North Carolina in 2011. Also in 2011, Divaris received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Epidemiology. His research interests revolve around the notion of precision medicine/dentistry and include early childhood oral health, dental caries, genomics, the human microbiome, dental public health, periodontal diseases and fluorides.

Hansel M. Fletcher - November 2017

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Hansel M. Fletcher, Ph.D. is currently the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Affairs in the School of Medicine and Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Basic Sciences, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Loma Linda University in California. Since 2004, he has served as the Graduate Program Director for the Division of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Fletcher is the current President of the IADR Microbiology/Immunology scientific group.

Shannon Wallet – October 2017

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Shannon Wallet, Ph.D., graduated from North Carolina State University in 1995 with a bachelor’s in medical technology and went on to earn a degree in clinical laboratory science from Duke University. She earned her Ph.D. in oral biology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2005 and joined the faculty at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2006 as a tenure-accruing assistant professor in the Department of Periodontology. She was promoted to associate professor and was awarded tenure in July 2013. Currently, Dr. Wallet is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Oral Biology as well as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.

She has published over 70 papers and co-authored two book chapters, as well as held reviewed articles for 11+ journals. Her research interests are focused on mechanisms associated with altered innate immune functions, which lead to dysregulated adaptive immunity. Through independent and collaborative research programs, the Shannon M. Wallet Laboratory has been involved, at some level, in investigating the basic biology of health, multiple autoimmune conditions, autoinflammation, sepsis, exercise induced inflammation and cancer.

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