MOST trainee Ellie Jhun receives all-expenses-paid award to participate at the The St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS).  She is one of 44 students selected from a pool of over 1800 applicants. The event will be held at St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee on April 7-11, 2015.The event allows PhD-level graduate students from around the U.S. to show their work and learn about research done at St. Jude. Ellie will present her work on sickle pain pharmacogenetics. Her mentor is Dr. Jim Wang in the department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences. Additional information from the symposium can be found at

Accepting Applications to MOST Undergraduate Summer Program

Applications for the 2015 MOST summer program are being accepted until February 15 2015.

Additional information and application instructions can found:

For questions contact Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo (

Postdoctoral Trainee Fellow Opportunity

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for a postdoctoral trainee for the MOST Program.  We have 1 postdoctoral trainee position available beginning February 2015.  The trainee may be either degree-seeking (e.g. a DMD seeking the PhD) or non-degree seeking.  Additional information and application instructions can be found at


For best consideration, trainees should apply by Jan 16; however, the application process will be open until the position is filled. Please email application directly to Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo (

Mateusz Wietecha PhD Dissertation Defense

MOST trainee Mateusz Wietecha will be defending his PhD Dissertation, “Negative Regulators of Angiogenesis during Wound Healing” on Monday, December 15, 2014. The defense will take place in room 230D beginning at 10 am. Dr. Luisa DiPietro, Dept. of Periodontics, is serving as Wietecha’s mentor and advisor.

Student summer research program underway

The annSummer Research Programual Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST)  is June 2 through August 22nd, 2014. A symposium for students project presentations is August 19.

To learn more, visit the College of Dentistry website.

Elizabeth Razdolsky awarded F30 grant by NIDCR

MOST trainee Elizabeth Razdolsky is the recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (F30) from the National Institute of Health (NIH). Razdolsky, has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and is currently a 4th year in the COD’s DMD/PhD Program. She will receive $48,467 a year to study a protein called pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), which may regulate blood vessel formation and scar formation in wounds. These studies may suggest future therapeutic options for tissue regeneration, fibrosis and cancer.
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In the news: Dr. George quoted in USA Today

Dr. Anne George, MOST Co-Director, was quoted on news of the use of lasers to regenerate dentin.  Read about it here.

Dr. Bedran-Russo named MOST Director

Ana Bedran-Russo, DDS, PhD

Ana Bedran-Russo, DDS, PhD

Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been named director of the MOST Program.  She assumes the role previously held by Dr. Luisa DiPietro.  Dr. Bedran-Russo maintains an active and highly regarded NIH funded research program in the field of biomaterials and serves as President of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Dental Materials Group (DMG).  Dr. Bedran-Russo has mentored numerous trainees at all levels and has extensive experience as a member of review panels for NIH T32 and F awards.   She will continue to direct the MOST in the Summer program.

Dr. DiPietro will continue to remain active in the MOST Program.  She currently serves as Director of the Center for Wound Repair & Regeneration and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and continues to mentor students.  She will direct the MOST Program’s Career Development Series.

Postdoc studies impact of vibration on chronic wounds

Postdoctoral trainee, Eileen Weinheimer-Haus and her mentor, Dr. Timothy Koh, were recently featured for their findings on the impact of vibration on healing chronic wounds.  Read more…Weinheimer_Haus

Student awarded NIDCR fellowship grant

Marybeth Francis, DMD PhD studentOver the next five years, PhD/DMD candidate Marybeth Francis will receive $485,625 grant as part of a fellowship funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Ms. Francis’ goal for this fellowship is to gain valuable skills in academic, clinical, and research related to dentistry to lay the foundation for a career as a dentist scientist. This award is an essential first step in a career as a successful, funded scientist.

The fellowship is a chance for Ms. Francis to study diabetes and periodontitis, chronic inflammatory diseases having a significant effect on public health. Chronic inflammatory diseases such as periodontal disease are greatly exacerbated in diabetic patients. The goal of Ms. Francis’ research is to elucidate the mechanism of the exacerbated periodontitis in diabetic patients and to identify possible treatments.

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