Current Students

Current Students

Current Students for 2013

 

Prokopis Argyris, DDS

Prokopis Argyris, DDS joined the PhD program in 2013. He received his DDS and MS in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Athens in Greece. His research in Mark Herzberg’s lab will focus on the expression of calprotectin and CK2 in head and neck cancer. In his free time, he plays tennis and enjoys yoga sculpt.

 

Carola A. Carrera, DDS

Carola A. Carrera, DDS, joined the PhD program in 2011. She received her DDS from the University of Talca in 2003, and a prosthodontics specialty in 2009. Her research spans several labs at the School of Dentistry and looks at the bacterial degradation of dental adhesives. She also enjoys biking and swimming.

  Xi Chen, DDS

Xi Chen, DDS, joined the PhD program in 2010. She looks forward to defending her thesis in 2014! She received her MSD from Nanchang University in China. Her research addresses surface modifications of dental implants. When not in the lab, you will find her traveling or cooking.

 


Yung-Chung Chen, DDS

Yung-Chung Chen, DDS, joined the PhD program in January 2010. He received a DDS and MS from Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan. His thesis research looks at structure optimization of dental restorations. When he finishes his defense in late 2013, he will spend some time watching movies and cooking before pursuing postdoctoral research.

 

Lori Fischer

Lori Fischer has the distinction of being the only non-dentist in the PhD program. She joined us in 2010 after receiving a BS in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the possible connections among P. P. gingivalis, pregnancy, and alveolar bone loss. Away from the lab, she loves to watch and talk about anime.

 

Raphael Huntley

Raphael Huntley is in his 3rd year in the DDS/PhD dual degree program. He joined the Program after receiving his BA from Yeshiva University in New York. His research focuses on osteoclast differentiation. In his free-time, and when his neighbors aren’t home, he enjoys bagpiping.

 

Caixia Lan, DDS

Caixia Lan, DDS, joined the PhD program in 2011. She earned her BA and DDS at Tongji University in China. Her research explores dental tissue mineralization. Like several of her colleagues, she enjoys a good tennis match.

 


Thinh Le

Thinh Le is in his 5th year in the DDS/PhD dual degree program. He joined the Program after receiving his BS and BA from the University of Minnesota. His research addresses the regulation of conjugation in . And when not in the lab or the clinic or thinking about the lab or the clinic, he plays tennis.

 


José Maldonado

José Maldonado, is in his 5th year in the DDS/PhD dual degree program. José is a recipient of a prestigious F30 grant from the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research. He joined the dual program after receiving his BS from the University of Puerto Rico. His current research in Lou Mansky’s lab looks at gag stoichiometry and structural analysis of HTLV-1 particles. He enjoys cooking, biking, and watching movies and tv shows.

 


David Nedrelow, DDS

David Nedrelow, DDS returns to the University of Minnesota in 2013 to begin a PhD in Oral Biology. He previously received his DDS from the University, and a BA and BS from St. Olaf College. His PhD research will focus on the structure and mechanisms of the periodontal ligament. Dave always spills a small piece of his lunch on his shirt and he enjoys hiking, tea, aviation, sailing, and swimming.

 


Lan Pham, PhD

Lan Pham, PhD, is in her 6th year in the DDS/PhD dual degree Program. She defended her PhD in 2012 and expects to have the DDS in hand in 2015. She earned her BA at the University of Minnesota. Her thesis research addressed factors influencing bone remodeling. In her free time, she stays active cycling, kick boxing, and dancing.

 


Amy Tasca, DDS

Amy Tasca, DDS, joined the PhD program in 2012. She earned her BA and DDS at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Her thesis research will address the role of MyosinX and SMAD 1/5 in osteoclast differentiation. When not in the lab, Amy enjoys cooking, baking, traveling, and spending time at the lake.

 


Brent Sorenson, MS

Brent Sorenson, MS, is in his 7th and final year in the DDS/PhD dual degree program. He also is a recipient of a prestigious F30 grant from the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research. He joined the dual program after receiving his BS from Bethel University and MS from the University of Minnesota. His thesis will address the translation of S100A8/A9 as a novel anti cancer agent. Almost-Dr. Sorenson is an avid Gopher football and hockey fan.

 

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