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Leena Palomino - November 2012

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Leena Palomo, D.D.S., M.S.D., has taught at Case Western Reserve University since 2005. There, she is an assistant professor of periodontics and the director of D.M.D. periodontics.


Palomo earned her B.A., D.D.S. and M.S.D. from Case Western Reserve University, along with a certificate in periodontology. She earned another certificate, from St. Elizabeth Health System, in general practice dentistry. Palomo is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

Russell Taichman - August 2012

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Russell Taichman, D.M.D., D.M.Sc., is a professor of dentistry at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the co-director of the university’s Scholars Program in Dental Leadership. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, since 1992. 

Taichman earned a B.S. from Villanova University, a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a D.M.Sc. from Harvard University, where he also earned a certificate in periodontics. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.


Linda C. Niessen - July 2012

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Linda C. Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.P.P., currently serves as vice president and chief clinical officer for Dentsply International, and clinical professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. She is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and received her M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health and her M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

During her tenure as professor and chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry, she initiated graduate education programs in dental public health and geriatric dental care as part of the Baylor partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. In addition, she has provided geriatric dental care to veterans as a staff dentist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dallas.

J. Leslie Winston - June 2012

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J. Leslie Winston, D.D.S., Ph.D., is the director of global professional & scientific relations for Procter & Gamble Oral Health. There, she is responsible for representing Crest Oral-B science and products to the dental community, dental professional organizations and opinion leaders.

Winston has previous experience in clinical trials research and technology development. She received her dental degree from the University of Iowa, and her Ph.D. in oral biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (now the University at Buffalo) as well as her certificate in periodontology.

Lynne Opperman - May 2012

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Lynne Opperman, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry. She is also the director of technology development at the university. She earned her B.Sc. in zoology and psychology and her Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia.

Her main area of research is to elucidate the mechanisms by which growth factors regulate cranial and facial suture morphogenesis and patency. She examines the mechanisms by which signaling pathways interact to regulate suture morphogenesis and patency. The growth factors of interest include Tgf-ß2, Tgf-ß3, Egf and Fgf.