Dr. Raj Gopalakrishnan receives School of Dentistry's highest honor

Dr. Raj Gopalakrishnan receives School of Dentistry's highest honor

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Raj Gopalakrishnan, BDS, PhD was named Century Club Professor of the Year at the Dean’s Recognition Reception on April 27, 2012. The award is the dental school’s highest honor and is annually conferred upon one faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions in education, research and service. Gopalakrishnan is an associate professor in the School of Dentistry’s Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences. He also directs the school’s Graduate Program in Oral Biology. Dr. Gopalakrishnan joins such esteemed company as Dr. Mansur Ahmad, who won the 2010 Century Club Professor of the Year award.

Gopalakrishnan received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) degree from University of Madras, Chennai, India in 1991 and completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1995. He subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in Pathology from The Ohio State University in 1999, and joined the laboratory of Dr. Renny Franceschi at the University of Michigan as a post doctoral fellow. In 2002, he became an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Gopalakrishnan is a NIH-funded researcher with investigations into the genetic and transcriptional mechanisms involved in bone remodeling, specifically the role of bone morphogenetic protein signaling in osteoclast differentiation and function.

Also on April 27, Colleen Brickle and Brent Larson were honored as distinguished alumni of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. For more, click here.

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