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Judith Albino - December 2016

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Judith Albino, Ph.D., is professor of community and behavioral health at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She also holds an appointment in Colorado’s - School of Dental Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Albino’s research is focused on health disparities and underserved populations. She is principal investigator and director of one of five NIH-funded oral health disparities research centers, with faculty responsibilities in the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health and Department of Community and Behavioral Health.  

Lois K. Cohen - November 2016

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Lois K. Cohen, Ph.D. serves as a consultant & Paul G. Rogers Ambassador for Global Health Research since her retirement from U.S. government service in 2006 after 42 years of service. She earned a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. and Ph.D. and Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Additionally, she studied at the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad, Jerusalem, Israel, and has a teacher’s diploma from Gratz College, Philadelphia, Pa.  

She is a sociologist whose research and health science administration career included service as the director of extramural research, associate director for international health and director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research and Training, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Roberto Genco - October 2016

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Robert Genco, D.D.S., Ph.D., is the Director, UB Microbiome Center, and distinguished professor of oral biology, periodontics and microbiology at the University at Buffalo, N.Y.

Genco earned a B.S. from Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.; a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School, Philadelphia; and a certificate in periodontics from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. 

Christy McKinney - September 2016

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Christy McKinney, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an associate professor in the Division of Craniofacial Medicine, Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. She is also an investigator in Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, and part of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center. 

She received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Washington in 2006. Her research interests are focused on craniofacial, oral, and nutritional health in young children. She spearheaded the development of the NIFTY cup –  an infant feeding cup for infants with breastfeeding difficulties such as infants with oral clefts and preterm infants in low resource settings – with a team of multidisciplinary experts from Seattle Children’s, PATH, the University of Washington,  and Laerdal Global Health. The NIFTY Cup is expected to be commercially available in low resource settings by the end of 2016. She is also the principal investigator of a grant from NIDCR investigating the extent to which children are exposed to the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) during dental treatment. 

Alpdogan Kantarci - August 2016

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Alpdogan Kantarci, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., is an associate member of the staff, Department of Applied Oral Sciences at The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, Mass. He’s also an adjunct associate professor of molecular & cell biology at Boston University, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. 

Kantarci earned his D.D.S., M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Istanbul, Turkey. He moved to the U.S. to work as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Thomas Van Dyke. He earned his certificate of advanced graduate study in periodontology at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. During his academic career, Kantarci has been actively involved in training, education and patient care, in addition to being a scientist in the field of periodontology and inflammation research.


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