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September 2021 – Rubelisa Candido Gomes de Oliveira

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Rubelisa Candido Gomes de Oliveira, is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the College of Dentistry at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, in the Center for Oral Health Research. She has been involved in clinical research since her second year of dental school in Brazil, and has worked with underserved populations since 1995. Gomes de Oliveira has a broad background in Periodontology and Health Service, with specific training and expertise in clinical evaluation and secondary data analysis on aspects related to treatment protocol implementation. Her research includes bone quality analysis and periodontal factors associated with tooth loss in different racial/ethnic backgrounds. When she was offered the opportunity to conduct research in the United States, she saw a chance to study new ways of understanding the intrinsic and extrinsic factors involved in caries and periodontal disease and their susceptibility, and to investigate which actions can be taken to early detect most significant risks and then to prevent and control disease in a highly effective and low-cost way.

August 2021 – Ana Paula P. Fugolin

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Ana Paula P. Fugolin, earned her dental degree, M.S., and Ph.D. in Dental Materials from the University of Campinas UNICAMP, Brazil. She has been fully engaged in research for the last five years at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, as part of a multidisciplinary team focused on the development of innovative dental polymers with increased toughness, reduced contraction stress, antimicrobial activity, and higher resistance to hydrolytic and enzymatic degradation. Fugolin has been awarded a NIDCR Dentist Scientist Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) and is currently in a transition process to an independent faculty position. She is focused on designing polymeric biomaterials capable of retaining a set of specifically coded instructions by virtue of their chemical structure, enabling them to interact with the oral environment and perform a desired function on demand. Fugolin is the author of a patent, book chapter, and over 34 articles in peer review journals. She has been a member of the IADR/AADOCR since 2011, and is an active affiliate of the IADR/AADOCR Dental Materials group.

July 2021 – Dina García

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Dina T. García, is a Xicana scholar born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México and raised in Milwaukee, Wisc. Currently she serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she directs the Kalpulli Research Group and is also a faculty affiliate with the iCubed Oral Health Transdisciplinary Core. Her research program examines the social and structural determinants of oral health inequities with the goal of developing community-based interventions targeted at different causal pathways. She is formally trained in community-based participatory research, qualitative and quantitative methods as well as science communication. Her freelance work has appeared in popular publications such as CNN Español. García was selected for the inaugural cohort of the AADR MIND the Future Program funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. She is a graduate of the 2016 Linton-Poodry Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Leadership Institute, founder of Cientificas de Milwaukee and a 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow.

June 2021 – Joshua Emrick

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Joshua Emrick is a scientist and dentist with an interest in oral somatosensation, particularly pain. He received his B.S. in neuroscience with honors and highest distinction from the University of Michigan,  Ann Arbor. He was awarded his D.D.S. and Ph.D. in oral and craniofacial biology from the University of California, San Francisco as part of the integrated Dentist Scientist Training Program. Emrick completed his dissertation with Dr. David Julius studying the molecular mechanisms of pain and itch. He is now a Clinical Research Fellow at the NIDCR in the laboratory of Dr. Nicholas Ryba: his recent work aims to uncover the biological underpinnings of “tooth pain” and other oral sensations.

Emrick was awarded the NIDCR Career Transition Award (K22) this year and is now in the process of beginning his extramural research program as a new investigator. He a past recipient of an NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F30), the UC Regents Scholarship and the Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Award. His work has contributed to publications in the Journal of Dental Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cell, Nature and Pain. He served as the President of the AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG) and as Student Representative to the AADR Board of Directors (2013-14).

May 2021 – Kevin Byrd

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Kevin Matthew Byrd is 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 his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. Byrd’s research has focused on understanding oral stem cell heterogeneity and how their regulation contributes to wound healing and head and neck cancers. Recently, he has expanded his scope 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. His research has been supported by industry, foundations and the NIH. At ADASRI, he leads the Lab of Oral & Craniofacial Innovation (LOCI) which  explores: 1) oral epithelial stem cell regulation and heterogeneity, 2) the role of the oral cavity in systemic disease and 3) contributing to the human cell atlas for categorizing the unique and undiscovered cell types in oral and craniofacial tissues.


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