Dobrawa Napierala, M.Sc., Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry, Institute of Oral Health Research, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. There she is also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Pathology. Prior to that she was an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, Department of Molecular & Human Genetics. She earned her M.Sc. in biotechnology from the University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poznan, Poland; her Ph.D. from the Institute of Human Genetics/Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Science, Poznan, Poland; and her Postdoctoral from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Napierala’s long term research goal is understanding molecular determinants of disorders affecting development and homeostasis of mineralizing tissues. In particular, she is interested in the regulation of gene expression in response to various signaling pathways during the mineralization process.