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February 2021 – Modupe Coker

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Modupe Coker is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Oral Biology at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Newark, N.J. Coker completed her dental training from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. After graduation, she completed her internship at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria, and served at a rural hospital in Northern Nigeria. Coker completed her M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md. and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she studied the association between HIV infection and perinatal exposure, oral microbiome and dental caries in young Nigerian children under the NIH Fogarty program. 

Building on her microbiome, HIV and clinical expertise, Coker’s laboratory is currently conducting large-scale human microbiome research in the context of longitudinal molecular epidemiology studies in young children. Her lab is focused on building clinical infrastructure for a longitudinal cohort and utilizing metagenomic, metatranscriptomic and metabolomic characterizations of oral samples to fill the aforementioned gaps and further advance understanding of the gene expressions and metabolic functioning of salivary, buccal and dental plaque microbiomes in context of the health and disease.

January 2021 – Kevin Matthew Byrd

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Kevin Matthew Byrd is currently the Anthony R. Volpe Research Scholar and Manager of Oral & Craniofacial Research at ADA Science & Research Institute (ADASRI). He is a clinician-scientist who completed his D.D.S. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2013 and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2018. Byrd has received numerous research honors and held various professional affiliations and memberships. Byrd’s research has focused on understanding oral stem cell heterogeneity and how their regulation contributes to wound healing and head and neck cancers. He has expanded his scope recently through active collaborations across the world to apply advanced technologies to catalog the oral and oropharyngeal tissues at single cell resolution, leading to his appointment as the Coordinator for the new Human Cell Atlas Oral & Craniofacial Biological Network. Byrd’s research has been supported by industry, foundations, and the NIH. At ADASRI, he leads the Lab of Oral & Craniofacial Innovation (LOCI) and will 1) continue to explore oral epithelial stem cell regulation and heterogeneity, 2) study the mechanisms of oral inflammation in pediatric inflammatory diseases, and 3) lead the creation of the Human Cell Atlas for categorizing the unique and undiscovered cell types in oral and craniofacial tissue across the lifespan.

December 2020 – Cristina Vidal

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Cristina Vidal is an Assistant Professor at the of Iowa College of Dentistry, Iowa City. Vidal obtained her D.D.S. and M.S. in Dental Sciences (Restorative Dentistry) from the São Paulo State University, Araçatuba School of Dentistry, Brazil and her Ph.D. in Dental Materials from the University of Campinas, Piracicaba School of Dentistry, Brazil. She completed a two-year post-doctoral research training at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. 

Vidal’s research interests are on endogenous mechanisms that promote degradation of dentin organic matrix in caries lesions and in adhesive interfaces. Her previous work was focused on the presence and activity of different families of endogenous proteases in sound and carious dentin. Moreover, she has expertise in therapies to inhibit collagen degradation, strengthen dentin mechanical properties and increase tissue biostability by promoting collagen cross-linking with natural-derived compounds. Vidal’s recent research projects aim to characterize host-microbiome interactions in dentin caries progression to ultimately develop novel therapies that modulate proteases involved in dentin degradation and repair processes. With more than 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts published in the last 10 years, Vidal collaborates with different research groups in U.S., Brazil and Finland. Vidal served as Vice-president and President of the Iowa Section of AADR in 2019 and 2020 and currently is a member of the IADR Awards Review Committee.  

November 2020 – Susana Maria Salazar Marocho

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Susana Maria Salazar Marocho earned her B.D.S. from the University of San Martin de Porre, Chiclayo, Peru and her M.S., Ph.D. and completed her post-doctoral studies at the State University of Sao Paulo (UNESP, Campus São José dos Campos), Brazil. Salazar Marocho continued her postdoctoral studies at the  University of Mississippi, Jackson where she is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Dentistry. Salazar Marocho’s research focuses on dental ceramics, with an emphasis on their characterization, bonding, mechanical behavior, reliability, failure mechanisms and lifetime. Utilizing an integrative approach including standard and clinically relevant specimens, her research group is developing less expensive, less time-consuming and non-destructive methods for removal of high-strength ceramic restorations by using different settings of an erbium, chromium-doped: yttrium, scandium, gallium, and garnet (Er,Cr:YSGG) laser.

October 2020 – Bruno Lima

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Bruno Lima is a research assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry in the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, Minneapolis. Lima received his dental degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil and his Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University, Chicago. His research focuses on understanding how bacteria interact with their environment and the consequence of these interactions on their physiology. As a dentist, Lima is particularly interested in studying how different environmental interactions affect dental plaque development and whether these interactions can be manipulated to promote oral health. Lima has authored several peer-reviewed articles, he is currently the recipient of a career development award (K08) from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and was recently selected as the recipient of the 2020 American Association of Dental Research (AADR)/Procter & Gamble Underrepresented Faculty Research Fellowship.


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