AADR Members from diverse backgrounds complete research and change dentistry every day. Learn about some of them! 

Lily T. Garcia

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"As a Mexican-American woman, I did not encounter many role models of similar background....I had supportive key people who asked me to join them in their work based on my area of expertise in prosthodontics....The majority of my mentors up until the last 10-15 years have been primarily men...both peers and senior colleagues. My group of mentors has been respectful, encouraging and supportive; I am grateful for my network that has grown through the years to build on support and expertise."

- Lily T. Garcia, Associate Dean for Education, College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics and Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Nicholas Rodriguez

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"I was giving a poster presentation San Francisco and someone came up to me after my presentation saying  “Have you ever thought about this?” and it kind of lead to my next research aim. Cross-collaboration helps with getting different perspectives on topics and they can give you a different view of your own science and your field in general."

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- Nicholas Rodriguez, D.D.S./M.P.H., Student, University Of Texas School Of Dentistry at Houston; President, AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG); Board Member, American Association for Dental Research (AADR).  

Keith Mays

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“I believe creating opportunities has to be intentional. We think that every person that comes in our doorstep is interested in doing research and has everything all together but that’s usually not the case. There may be some teaching that needs to be done so that people can learn and develop those ideas. It is best to meet every person where they’re at and bring them up to where they need to be.”

- Keith A. Mays D.D.S., PhD., M.S., Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

M. Nathalia Garcia

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"My involvement in the NIH Human Microbiome Project is a great example of cross collaboration. My participation in this project has allowed me to work with experts in different fields at the NIH and in many U.S. institutions. With the expertise that comes from of many people working together we have obtained amazing outcomes!"

- M. Nathalia Garcia, Chair of the Applied Dental Medicine Department & Section Head of Periodontics at Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine

Octavio Gonzalez

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"Since I came to the U.S., I have tried to maintain my connection with my alma mater in Colombia and other Colombian universities. I have had the opportunity to share my research with dental and Ph.D. students in Colombia and invite those young talented students interested in science to have a research experience in my lab"

- Octavio Gonzalez, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky-College of Dentistry

Luiz E. Bertassoni

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"I believe scientists have a role in emphasizing how important [diversity] is needed for research and the community as a whole. I don’t think we should be told not to speak up when this is something that affects our research so highly....We should also emphasize this in encouraging women to be more involved in science a well. As soon as I had a daughter it made me understand the size of the problem a lot more clearly because when it hits home it’s a whole different perspective."

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- Luiz E. Bertassoni, Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry, Center for Regenerative Medicine and Department of Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon (OHSU)

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