Primary: Motivating health behavior change (motivational Interviewing), biomarker feedback, risk perception, Oral health behavior change, smoking cessation, e-cigarettes, secondhand smoke, text messaging and smartphone apps for health behavior change
Primary: 1. Early detection of oral cancer, 2. Role of mobile telemedicine in patient care and prevention of oral diseases in low resource settings, 3. Virtual surgical planning in cleft and craniofacial deformities
Secondary: Pediatric Jaw tumors, Obstructive sleep apnea in adults and children
Primary: Piezoelectric surgery and bone metabolism. Bone density/biomineralization following piezoelectric stimulation. Surgically accelerated orthodontic tooth movement. Bone regeneration. Implantology research
Secondary: Translational research focusing on tooth movement acceleration during orthodontic therapy. Expanding the scope of orthodontic treatments using Piezocision.Bone density modification prior to dental implant surgery
Primary: Investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms by which mechanical forces, hormones and intracellular signaling regulate skeletal homeostasis. The main focus is on osteocytes, both in vivo (genetically manipulated animals) and in vitro (cell lines). Interaction between bone and hematopoiesis
Secondary: Other areas of interests: hematopoietic stem cell niche, fractures repair and calcium homeostasis
Primary: Evaluating the causes of health disparities using a variety of methods, including social network analysis and other complex systems science methodologies; developing and testing health disparities interventions that are responsive to the social context.
Secondary: Evaluating the causes and consequences of periodontal disease; oral-systemic disease associations; epi methods for oral health
Primary: Molecular mechanisms of oral cancer initiation and progression to aggressive disease; molecular mechanisms underlying Sjogren’s Syndrome; mechanisms of salivary gland development; functional significance of protein N-glycosylation and its interactions with cellular signaling networks; mathematical modeling of interacting cellular pathways.
Secondary: Translational research focused on oral cancer therapies, including preclinical studies with mouse models and intervention studies with human subjects.
Primary: Mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis by human pathogens that cause diarrhea (Giardia and Cryptosporidium), dysentery (Entamoeba), malaria (Plasmodium), vaginitis (Trichomonas), birth defects (Toxoplasma), and blindness (Acanthamoeba). The focus of the work is on cyst and oocyst walls of these parasites and on glycobiology including lectins, sugar polymers, and glycoproteins.
Secondary: public health interest is in use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to prevent transmission of Giardia, Entamoeba, Cryptosporidium, Toxoplasma, and Acanthamoeba.
Primary: Evaluating the impact of natural experiments, like health policy, Medicaid policies, Affordable Care Act using methods such as interrupted time series, difference-in-differences and other econometric approaches.
Secondary: Examining disparities on oral health status and delivery of dental care; Emergency department use for dental problems; Opioid prescription at emergency departments
Primary: Biosynthesis of the extracellular matrix, and abnormalities that occur in fibrosis and cancer. The emphasis is on the regulation and effects of the lysyl oxidase family of proteins related to bone biology, diabetes, oral cancer and drug-induced gingival overgrowth.
Secondary: Anti-cancer drug development based on the structure and activity of the lysyl oxidase propeptide.