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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).