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April 2020 – E. Dianne Rekow

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E. Dianne Rekow is Professor Emeritus and former Executive Dean of King’s College London Dental Institute, England, now the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London. Her career has integrated engineering, material science and clinical dentistry. She first earned a B.S. in Physic and Mathematics, MSME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from St. Thomas College.  After 11 years in various technical positions in industry, she returned to academics, earning a D.D.S., Orthodontic Certificate, and Ph.D. in Bioengineering all from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her career, she has held a number of leadership positions in both academics and industry, spanning Project Lead on a multi-million-dollar product development, Department Chair, Provost and Dean. Though a basic researcher, as a licensed clinician she has been able to identify research needs and integrate dental and engineering findings into clinical care. Dianne’s early work pioneered many of the concepts now integrated into dental CAD/CAM systems. Her team’s later work, funded by NIDCR, focused on damage initiation and propagation in brittle materials, integrating researchers from five academic institutions and five corporations across the world. Many students and post-doc fellows from the team are now successful academics and researchers in their own right. Dianne has and now holds leadership positions in a number of professional organizations. She is a fellow in AADR, IADR, the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontists (and Schweitzer Research Awardee of that organization) and the Academy of Dental Materials.  

Rekow was elected to membership in the Royal College of Medicine (England) and is a Fellow of King's College London. Now retired, she volunteers time to her community and continues to be actively engaged professionally, particularly focusing on demystifying technology and digital systems that can enhance oral and systemic health. 

March 2020 – Renny Franceschi

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Renny Franceschi is the Marcus L. Ward Collegiate Professor of Dentistry, Professor of Biological Chemistry and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also served as Director of Research and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Dentistry. His research is focused on signals regulating bone and joint formation with particular emphasis on roles of the extracellular matrix and associated receptors. Ongoing studies are investigating the role of collagen receptors in bone development and regeneration. His research team is also actively involved in the development of tissue engineering approaches to stimulate bone and blood vessel growth through the controlled expression of regenerative factors as well as development of synthetic scaffolds that mimic the extracellular matrix environment.

February 2020 – Jeffrey Ebersole

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Jeffrey Ebersole is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ebersole received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Pa. and did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Immunology at The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, Mass.

Ebersole’s research focus is on the immunobiology of oral infections, with an emphasis on in vitro and in vivo studies of host-pathogen interactions using animal and human models of oral disease(s). His CV contains over 300 publications, reviews and book chapters on the microbiology and immunology of oral diseases in the context of Periodontal disease.

Ebersole served as the 40th AADR President from 2011-12. He received the 1983 IADR Award for Basic Oral Science Research and the 2000 IADR Award for Basic Research in Periodontal Disease.

January 2020 – Christopher Okunseri

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Christopher Okunseri is a Professor and Director of the Predoctoral Program in Dental Public Health at Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Okunseri is also an adjunct Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. He received his B.D.S (equivalent to D.D.S.) degree from the University of Benin School of Dentistry, Edo, Nigeria. Okunseri received his M.Sc. in Dental Public Health from the Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University College London, England and completed a residency program in Dental Public Health at the Montefiore Medical Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y. Okunseri also received a Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons in England, a fellowship certificate from the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland and holds a M.S. in Leadership Studies from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

December 2019 – Erin Ealba Bumann

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Erin Ealba Bumann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences in the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry. She is also a member of the Center of Excellence in the study of dental and Musculoskeletal Tissues and the Doctoral Faculty. Bumann received her B.S. in Anthropology/Zoology and D.D.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her Ph.D. in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. Bumann conducted post-doctoral training in craniofacial biology and completed her residency and M.S. in pediatric dentistry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Part of her Ph.D. and all of her post-doctoral training were funded by a National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research K08 and L40 Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program. Bumann is a Past President of the AADR National Student Research Group and currently serves on the Edward H. Hatton Awards Committee for AADR and the Constitution Committee for IADR.

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