Meet Our Research Faculty

Biomaterials and Biomechanics

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng
Associate Professor

612-625-4467
apari003@umn.edu

Surface modification of metals for dental implants and other biomaterials; biomineralization of synthetic materials and tissues; biomimetic systems and synthetic materials for biomedical applications; regeneration of hard tissues; synthetic peptides and self-assembly

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Ralph DeLong, PhD, DDS, MS
Professor Emeritus

612-625-1409
delon002@umn.edu

The Virtual Dental Patient - patient specific, accurate 3D representations of articulated upper and lower jaws and their relative movements; clinical measurement using 3D digitizing and computer graphics; robotics and its application to simulation of an artificial oral environment

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Alex Fok, PHD, MSc
Professor

612-625-5406
alexfok@umn.edu

Shape optimization of dental restorations; characterization of biomaterials; statistical analysis of brittle failure

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Thomas D. Larson, DDS, MSD
Associate Professor Emeritus

612-624-5998
larso004@umn.edu

Restorative care research; developing clinical guidelines and best evidence for clinical procedures, materials and restorative prescriptions for care; esthetic materials, procedures and techniques

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Paul S. Olin
Associate Professor and Director

612-625-4145
olinx001@umn.edu

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Jorge Perdigao, DMD, MS, PhD
Professor

612-625-5432
perdi001@umn.edu

Electron microscopy;dentin bonding; clinical behavior of resin-bonded restoration; bonded fiber-reinforced resin posts; dental whitening

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Maria R. Pintado, MPH
Emeritus Associate Professor

612-625-6975
pinta001@umn.edu

Pathogenesis of abfractions; toothbrush biomechanics; correlate clinical and in vitro data through the transfer of new state-of-the-art technology into the clinical setting; Virtual Dental Patient software developed by Dr. Ralph DeLong; "Tooth Explorer - A Digital Environment for Teaching Oral Anatomy"

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Bone Biology and Craniofacial Development

Mansur Ahmad, PhD
Associate Professor

612-625-6147
ahmad005@umn.edu

Tissue engineering; mineralization of hard tissues; angiogenesis; radiation biology; temporomandibular joint imaging

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Gary C. Anderson, DDS, MS
Dean

612-625-5945
ander018@umn.edu

Temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain, occlusion; cleft and craniofacial anomalies; evidence-based dentistry

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Heather J. Conrad, DMD, MS
Associate Professor and Director Advanced Education

612-624-5046
conr0094@umn.edu

Implant screw mechanics; sinus grafting for implants; implant impression techniques; all ceramic crown materials and properties; virtual-reality based technologies

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Rajaram Gopalakrishnan, BDS, PhD
Professor

612-624-0918
gopal007@umn.edu

Transcriptional regulation of osteoblast differentiation and mineralization; effects of parathyroid hormone on osteoblasts; regulation of BMP signaling in bone formation; regulation of BMP signaling in craniofacial development

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Thorsten Gruenheid, DDS, Dr med dent, Ph
Associate Professor

612-625-3903
tgruenhe@umn.edu

New technologies in orthodontics; structure-function relationship of muscular systems in the craniofacial area; adaptation of the masticatory system to varying functional demands; cellular responses to mechanical stimulation during orthodontic tooth movement

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Eric D. Jensen, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-626-4159
jens0709@umn.edu

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Brent E. Larson, DDS, MS
Professor, Program Director

612-626-9202
larso121@umn.edu

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Kim Carpenter Mansky, PhD
Professor

612-626-5582
kmansky@umn.edu

Bone biology and bone cancer; osteoimmunology; bone metabolic disorders associated with HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy

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Michael D. Rohrer, DDS, MS
Professor

612-624-2463
rohre008@umn.edu

Bone/dental implant integration;evaluation of bone grafting materials;evaluation of bone growth enhancing strategies;oral mucosal diseases; precancerous mucosal conditions

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Wook-Jin Seong, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor, Division Director

612-625-5677
seong001@umn.edu

Mechanical properties of jaw bone using various techniques including nano-indentation; fiber reinforced bone cement development; quantification of bone density using various diagnostic tools; implant stability measurement tests and bone/implant interface analyses; animal study and clinical trials on dental implants and bone replacement materials; device fabrication using MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems);computer simulation of immediate implant loading and distraction osteogenesis; dental materials/ Prosthodontics study

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Oral Health Disparities and Community Health

Sheila M. Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc
Associate Professor and Chair

612-626-5751
sriggs@umn.edu

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Muriel J. Bebeau, PhD, MA
Professor Emeritus

612-625-4633
bebea001@umn.edu

Processes involved in ethical decision-making (sensitivity, reasoning and judgment, commitment, and actions) and their role as determinants of ethical behavior.

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Christine M. Blue, BSDH, MS
Associate Professor, Program Director

612-625-5954
bluex005@umn.edu

Variation in evaluation of chart documentation among dental hygiene clinical instructors; ability of dental hygiene students to self-assess their interpersonal communication skills; learning styles of dental hygiene students; comparing traditional lectures vs. computer based instruction for Head and Neck Anatomy

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David O. Born, PhD
Professor

612-625-9438
dborn@umn.edu

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Mike T. John, PhD, DMD, MPH
Associate Professor

612-625-6521
mtjohn@umn.edu

Temporomandibular disorders; oral health-related quality of life

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Naty Lopez, PhD, MEd
Associate Professor

612-625-7477
lopez216@umn.edu

Developing a comprehensive approach to recruitment and retention of a diverse student body via inclusion of non-academic factors in student admissions and holistic review of applicants; recruitment of underrepresented minority and American Indian students to dental school; peer to peer mentoring relationship among dental students; knowledge of and perceived cultural competency of dental students; career aspirations of minority students; health seeking behaviors of immigrants

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Karin Quick, PhD, DDS
Associate Professor and Director

612-625-4121
quick003@umn.edu

Application of decision theory in dentistry and ethics; educational processes, hidden-curriculum, and relationship-centered care.

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Karl D. Self, DDS, MBA
Associate Professor

612-625-2161
selfx001@umn.edu

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Daniel D. Skaar, DDS, MBA, MS
Associate Professor

612-626-4234
skaar003@umn.edu

Dental service utilization in the elderly; impact of drug therapies on dental service utilization.

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Paul Schulz
Associate Clinical Specialist and Director

612-624-5331
schul095@umn.edu

Outreach opportunities for DDS/Hygiene students; promoting exchange student programs; dental access partnerships

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Oral Infections and Microbiology

Paul J. Jardine, PhD
Associate Professor

612-624-0667
jardine@umn.edu

Virus structure and assembly; biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology

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Robert S. Jones, PhD, DDS
Associate Professor

612-625-0395
rsjones@umn.edu

Understanding the bacterial biofilm associated with early secondary caries in young children; early caries detection using near infrared based imaging, e.g. optical coherence tomography; assessing risk factors in early childhood caries.

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Louis M. Mansky, PhD
Director

612-626-5525
mansky@umn.edu

Cell and molecular biology of HIV and HTLV; HIV drug resistance; HTLV particle assembly and release; evolution of emerging viruses

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Scott B. McClanahan, DDS, MS
Professor

612-624-9900
mccla056@umn.edu

Immunology/microbiology, coronal microleakage, restoration of endodontically treated teeth

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Joel D. Rudney, PhD, MS, MA
Assistant Dean for Research Professor

612-624-7199
jrudney@umn.edu

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Wei Zhang, PhD
Research Associate Professor

612-624-1996
zhangwei@umn.edu

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Oral Inflammation and Cancer

Massimo Costalonga, PhD, DMD
Associate Professor

612-626-2466
costa002@umn.edu

Commensal microorganisms interact with the immune system; mouse models

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Sven-Ulrik Gorr, PhD
Professor

612-626-5728
sugorr@umn.edu

Salivary peptides

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Ioannis G. Koutlas, DDS, MS
Associate Professor, Director of Oral Pathology Laboratories

612-624-8607
koutl001@umn.edu

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Sandra L. Myers, DMD
Associate Professor

612-624-5976
myers025@umn.edu

Identifying and characterizing gender-related biologic factors that may predispose women to develop TMDs or related orofacial pain conditions; identifying how cellular, humoral, genetic and neuroendocrine/hormonal factors are associated with individual responses to alloplastic implant materials; identifying and developing methods to investigate the histopathology of TMJ tissues associated with implant wear debris and foreign body reactions

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Nelson L. Rhodus, DMD, MPH
Professor

612-625-0693
rhodu001@umn.edu

Oral cancer: early detection and chemoprevention; oral manifestations of systemic disease; chronic degenerative autoimmune diseases; Sjögren's Syndrome

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Karen F. Ross
Research Associate

612-626-1932
rossx007@umn.edu

Testing the hypothesis that Calprotectin serves as an innate intraepithelial defense against bacterial invasion in vitro and provide evidence for a fundamental role for this protein in resistance to infections.

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Larry F. Wolff, MS, PhD, DDS
Professor

612-625-5681
wolff001@umn.edu

Bacterial etiology of periodontal diseases, new diagnostic techniques to identify bacteria in plaque, the role of cytokines on the periodontal disease process, and the expression of virulence factors by periodontopathic bacteria and the host response to those virulence factors

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Orofacial Pain and Neuroscience

David A. Bereiter, PhD
Interim Associate Dean for Research

612-625-4541
bereiter@umn.edu

Central nervous system mechanisms of craniofacial pain; influence of sex hormones on pain sensation; trigeminal nerve physiology and anatomy

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Sergey Khasabov, MD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

612-626-3334
khasa001@umn.edu

The development of pain sensitization and hyperalgesia; effects of the descending antinociceptive pathways from the brain on spinal processing of pain.

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Iryna Khasabova, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

612-624-2470
khasa003@umn.edu

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Estephan J. Moana-Filho, DDS, MS, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor

612-624-3338
moana004@umn.edu

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Donald R. Nixdorf, DDS, MS
Associate Professor

612-626-5407
nixdorf@umn.edu

Epidemiological aspects of tooth pain association with dental procedures, especally root canal therapy; functional imaging of chronic orofacial pain conditions

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Donald A. Simone, PhD
Professor, Department Chair, Division Director

612-625-6464
simon003@umn.edu

Neural encoding of pain and hyperalgesia; pain transmission: peripheral nerve and spinal cord; chronic pain mechanisms; cannabinoids and pain

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