Research Projects

Research within the School of Dental Medicine encompasses a wide variety of fields within oral health care, helping to translate basic science discoveries into clinical therapies. Use the links below to learn more about current and past projects of faculty, staff, and students. 

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Search individual research projects and faculty areas of research interest by School of Dental Medicine Departments

Biological Sciences research focuses on how the body, particularly the mouth, fights diseases through innate immune responses. 

Ge Jin, PhD

Pushpa Pandiyan, PhD

  • Mechanism of Immunomodulation during Oropharyngeal Candidiasis
  • Modulation of Tumor Necrosis-α during Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

Aaron Weinberg, DMD, PhD

Fengchun Ye, PhD

  • Role of Angiopoietin-2 in KSHV Induction of Angiogenesis, Inflammation, and Cutaneous KS Lesions
  • Epigenetic Regulation of Viral Infection and Replication by Periodontal Bacteria

Chad Zender, MD, FACS

  • Correlation of Primary Implant Stability with Cone Beam Computed Tomography Analysis in a Bovine Mandibular Bone Model
  • Image Guided New Biomaterials for Dental Restorations
  • Optimization of Insertion Torque for Primary Dental Implant Stability

Anita Aminoshariae, DDS, MS

  • Association of Endodontic Conditions with Systemic Medical Disease
  • Effect of Time Factor in Crown Placement on Survival of Primary Endodontically Treated: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Thomas Montagnese, DDS

  • Efficacy of Buprenorphine on Post-operative Endodontic Analgesia 

Oral Medicine research focuses on orofacial pain, oral premalignant disorders, interprofessional education outcomes, and markers for response to treatment of mucosal disorders.

Andres Pinto, DMD, MPH

Dale Baur, DDS

  • Patient-Centered Quality of Live (QOL) Measures after Temporomandibular Total Joint Replacement Surgery 
  • Removal of Unerupted Third Molars at the Time of Mandibular Sagittal Split Osteotomy: Case Series 
  • Treatment Outcomes of Keratocystic Odontogenic Tumor

Mark Hans, DDS, MSD

  • Craniofacial Initiatives in the School of Dental Medicine

J. Martin Palomo, DDS, MSD

Manish Valiathan, DDS, MSD

  • Craniofacial Growth Prediction in Different Facial Types

Pediatric Dentistry research focuses on improving the care and treatment of pediatric oral health, including pediatric oral health disparities, craniofacial anomalies, and oral health behavior.

Gerald Ferretti, DDS, MS, MPH

Research Interests:

  • Reducing children's oral health disparities
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Pediatric sedation

Masahiro Heima, DDS, PhD

Research Interests:

  • Dental care-related fear and anxiety
  • Oral health care behavior
  • Reducing children's oral health disparities

Lance Vernon, DMD, MPH

Research Interests:

  • Oral hygiene behavior
  • Oral health care in HIV population


Nabil Bissada

  • Gingival Dimension Around Natural Teeth and Dental Implants in Health and Disease
  • Role of Nonsurgical Periodontal Treatment on the Level of Rheumatoid Factor in Patients Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Andre Paes, DDS, PhD, MS

  • Examination of Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and Colonization with Trichomonas tenax and Entamoeba gingivalis

Leena Palomo, DMD, MSD

  • Analysis of Postmenopausal Women Using Bisphosphonate Therapy
  • Periodontitis in Postmenopausal Women