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Chunlin Qin - March 2017

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Chunlin Qin, D.D.S., Ph.D. is a tenured professor and vice chair in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, Dallas. He earned his master’s degree and D.D.S. at Harbin Medical University School of Dentistry, China; and his Ph.D. from Okayama University Graduate School of Dentistry, Japan. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch, USA.

Qin's main research interest is to investigate the roles of the extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in the formation and mineralization of dentin (the bulk tissue shaping the contour of a tooth) and bone. He has been seeking to understand the overall processes of tooth and bone formation by focusing upon the nature, metabolism, tissue/cell localization and functions of the ECM molecules in dentin and bone, two tissues that resemble each other in composition and mechanisms of formation. In addition to a predominant collagenous matrix, dentin and bone contain non-collagenous proteins that play vital roles in the formation of dentin by odontoblsts and in the homeostatic mechanisms of formation and breakdown of bone by osteoblasts, osteocytes and osteoclasts. Qin's research group is mainly interested in the roles of non-collagenous proteins in dentinogenesis and osteogenesis.

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