Elizabeth Razdolsky awarded F30 grant by NIDCR

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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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PhD/DMD candidate Mat Wietecha making transformative impact

Mat Wietecha was recently featured in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s highlights of student research across campus. Mat conducts research on wound healing and tissue regeneration and is mentored by Dr. Luisa DiPietro. While the whole video is worth watching, Mat first appears at the 2:20 mark.



MOST Co-Director named UIC Researcher of the Year

AnneGeorge_086_ByJeffDahlgrenDr. Anne George, was recently recognized by the University of Illinois at Chicago for her research in mineralized tissue.  The Researcher of the Year award recognizes 10 UIC scientists who are advancing knowledge in their fields. The Distinguished Researcher Award honors five researchers with a record of outstanding achievement.

Anne George’s research could one day bring a new way of filling dental cavities. George, professor of oral biology and Allan G. Brodie endowed professor in the College of Dentistry, is studying how proteins can regenerate dentin, a calcified tissue of the body that is one of the four major components of teeth.

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PhD/DMD candidate wins 2nd place at American Dental Materials international competition

Joshua PadovanoMOST trainee and PhD/DMD candidate, Josh Padovano recently took 2nd place in the American American Dental Materials (ADM) annual international competition with his work on, “Dentin Mineralization Using DMP1-Derived Synthetic Peptides.” Josh is mentored by Dr. Anne George and Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo. Read more….



Congratulation to Ariel R. Johnson in PhD Thesis Defense

arielAriel Johnson, PhD candidate and MOST trainee, successfully defended her thesis, “Apoptosis in Wound Repair.”  Ariel was mentored by Dr. Luisa DiPietro of the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration.  Ariel is continuing her career in science and has joined the Keck Graduate Institute’s Post-Doc Professional Masters in Business and Science.  We will miss Ariel, but wish her the best in her new position!