Monthly archives: March, 2014

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.