Faculty and Personnel
Eric Schiffman, DDS, MS
Room 7-546 Moos Tower
Eric Schiffman, DDS, MS, is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Research in the School of Dentistry. He has received over $17 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 12 book chapters and 3 patents – with another pending. Past research as a NIH study principal investigator includes developing and publishing validated Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (DC/TMD) for the most common TMD - for use in both the clinical and research settings. Past research in TMD management includes assessing the long-term effectiveness, in patients with symptomatic TMJ closed lock with limited mouth opening, of medical management compared to comprehensive rehabilitation with and without TMJ surgery. He has also researched the longitudinal impact of TMJ intra-articular disorders on jaw pain, function and disability. In addition, in the NIH-funded National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, he assessed the management of TMD patients by dentists in their practices. He currently has a NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop and test a new version of the Restful Jaw device – a device attached to the dental chair that is designed to support the jaw during dental procedures including the surgical removal of third molars.
John Look, DDS, MPH, PhD
Room 6-354 Moos Tower
John Look, DDS, MPH, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate, currently serving as the epidemiologist for the Oral Health Clinical Research Center (OHCRC). From 1995 until his appointment with OHCRC, he was continuously funded by research grants from NIH as well as corporate funding. As the OHCRC epidemiologist, Dr. Look has the role of assisting investigators in grant writing, research implementation and scholarly publications. Along with his wife, Judy, Dr. Look has spent a large part of more than 50 years doing community health development projects in the Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, India, Myanmar, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica and Bolivia. He currently serves as director of Global Health Services, a division of MissionGO based in Buffalo, New York. His honors include; Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society (1963); Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Residences for prosthodontic treatment of Down syndrome patients (1985); The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (1991); Recipient of the First Annual School of Public Health Alumni Award (1992); and the University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service (2007).
Data Analyst and Informatics Consultant
Palak Bothra, BDS, MPH
Room 8-100-12 PWB
Palak Bothra BDS, MPH is a data analyst and informatics consultant. She currently works in coordination with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the School of Dentistry (SOD) to support clinical research and ensure data compliance for the SOD. Her understanding of dentistry, health systems, research, and analytics enables her to best support the research requirements of the SOD. She also has experience in oral health research, policy, and insurance. She received her dental degree in India and her Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota with a focus on Public Health Administration and Policy. In graduate school, she worked on promoting health equity among Latino and Somali populations. After graduating from the UMN, she worked at HealthPartners and developed a framework to support oral health care needs for the special needs population in Minnesota. She will also be serving as a Senator for the All-University Honors Committee starting Fall 2020.
Qi Wang, MS
Qi Wang, MS in biostatistics, has been a biostatistician at the Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Minnesota since 2008. She received her master's degree in biostatistics from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She has collaborated with over 50 investigators in a variety of disciplines over the past 12 years. She is proficient in t-tests, correlation analysis, ANOVA, ANCOVA, multiple linear regression models, logistic regression models, Chi-square tests, survival analysis, longitudinal data models, sample size/power estimates, randomized trial design consultation, and interpretation of results.
Kimberly Johnson, RDH, MDH
Room 7-557 Moos Tower
Kim Johnson, RDH, MDH is a Registered Dental Hygienist and a Research Project Manager. She is certified by the University of Miami’s Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative in the protection of human subjects and receives continuing education in the Responsible Conduct of Research including HIPAA, data privacy, reporting of unanticipated problems and adverse events. In her role as a project manager, she participates in the development and monitoring of approved protocols, manages data quality assurance processes, conducts training of involved dental practitioner-investigators and their staff, and implements studies into the field.
Danna Paulson, RDH, MSDH
Room 7-557 Moos Tower
Danna Paulson RDH, MSDH is a Registered Dental Hygienist and a Research Project Manager. She originates from Toronto, Canada, where she graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene 2010. She practiced in general, pediatric, and orthodontic dentistry in Canada and the Cayman Islands for 6 years. In 2016, she moved from the Caribbean to Minnesota to pursue her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Management Degree through the University of Minnesota and the Carlson School of Management. After completion of her master’s degree, she was offered a faculty position as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Researcher at the University of Minnesota. Her role primarily includes coordinating and conducting a variety of research endeavors at the OHCRC, in addition to providing clinical education to dental hygiene and dental therapy students.
Clinical Research Coordinator
Kelli Trauger, MS, DH, RF
Room 7-557 Moos Tower
Kelli Trauger is a Licensed Dental Hygienist and Clinical Research Coordinator for the Oral Health Clinical Research Center (OHCRC). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Kinesiology Exercise Science and Dental Hygiene. She practiced in private, corporate, and community-based settings. Kelli began her teaching career at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in the Division of Dental Hygiene. After completing her Master of Science degree, she worked in the Division of Periodontology as a Clinical Assistant Professor to provide clinical education to dental students. Kelli works in collaboration with Principal Investigators and study teams to coordinate and conduct research at the OHCRC. Since 2009, she has been involved in various research projects at the University.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Room 7-546A Moos Tower
Carla Campbell AA, AAS is the center’s executive assistant. In 2017 she received an associate’s degree in liberal arts and an associate’s degree in biology in 2020 from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She has previously worked as an administrative assistant and PCA.