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July 2020 – Luciana Shaddox

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Luciana Shaddox joined the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Division of Periodontology as a professor with tenure in July 2018 and she became the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Dentistry in July 2019. Shaddox obtained her D.D.S., M.S. at University of Campinas, Brazil, and her Ph.D. at University of Florida, Gainesville, in 2004. She completed a post-doctorate in Oral Microbiology at University of Florida in 2005, became a full-time faculty member in the department of Periodontology in 2006, was tenured in 2012 and remained with the University of Florida until July 2018, when she joined University of Kentucky. Currently, Shaddox directs all research activities, actively participates in Periodontology courses and several college and national committees and has an intense clinical translational research program supported by NIH since 2009. Her main research focus is aimed at evaluating immunological, microbiological and genetic factors involved with localized aggressive periodontal disease in children and adolescents. She has over 60 publications, has been an ad-hoc member of several NIH study sections and is the recipient of several research student-mentored awards and personal awards, including the prestigious American Academy of Periodontology Teaching Award and the University of Florida Professorship Award. 

June 2020 – David Drake

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Dr. David Drake is a professor of microbiology and infectious diseases in the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research in the UI College of Dentistry. He has served on many NIH Study Sections and was recently a permanent member of the ODCS Study Section. Dr. Drake has had significant NIH funding for the last 10 years and has authored over 100 publications, including being a co-PI of a new 5-year RO1 that was recently funded. He has been trained and has considerable expertise in independent professional development, training and mentoring of post-doc and junior faculty members. As part of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity team, he is committed to helping young researchers develop their research ideas into productive and successful independent careers, and to enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce. He recently mentored four Postdoctoral Fellows at the UI through the auspices of this program and continues to serve as a national mentor. Dr. Drake served on the AADR Board and was involved in the planning of the IADR Academy Faculty Development Workshop at the IADR/AADR in March 2020. He also co-led a grant-writing course in the College of Dentistry that involves PhD students and Post-Doctoral Fellows. 

May 2020 – David Wong

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David T.W. Wong DMD, DMSc, is Felix & Mildred Yip Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean of Research, and Director of the Oral/Head and Neck Oncology Research Center at University of California Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), AADR Fellow, past member of the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs, and the past president of American Association of Dental Research (AADR). He is current chair of the NCI Liquid Biopsy Consortium and chartered member and co-chair of the NIH CSR Cancer Biomarker Study Section (CBSS).

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.


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