Daniel Kulakowski has recently joined the MOST program as a recipient of an NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship. He will work in Dr. Guido Pauli’s group the College of Pharmacy in a interdisciplinary project with Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo that has recently established the ability of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (oPACs) to modify dentin for restorative/reparative dentistry procedures. These compounds are isolated from botanical sources, including cocoa, grapeseed and witch hazel, and currently their effects on dental pulp cells are unknown. He will be assessing the toxicity and bioactivity of oPACs on dental pulp stem cells in a biomimetic 3D extracellular matrix scaffold in collaboration with Dr. Sriram Ravindran.
Daniel received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Rutgers University and earned his Ph.D. from The City University of New York (CUNY) in Biology/Plant Sciences with a focus on phytochemistry and ethnobotany, where he studied a tea from Micronesia used to stimulate the immune system. While he misses the crystal clear waters and waves of Micronesia, Lake Michigan is a good replacement (in the summer). When not in the lab Daniel enjoys cycling, gardening and cooking.