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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.

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