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.