Research continues at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry!
The breadth of productive research taking place at the School of Dentistry is evidenced by two recent research awards. Professors Sven-Ulrik Gorr, associate dean for research, and Alex Fok (pictured above), director of the dental school-based Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics, both received funding for projects. Gorr received $1.4 million from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for a four-year study of the biological functions of the salivary protein Parotid Secretory Protein (PSP) and antimicrobial peptides derived from this protein. According to Gorr, “The human origin of these peptides gives hope that they will be effective in the treatment of human infections with fewer side effects than traditional antibiotics.”
Fok was awarded $854,542 by the U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy University Program to develop constitutive and overall failure models for graphite and ceramic that may be used in the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP).