Pathways to Excellence Seminar Presentations

For information about this seminar series, please contact Dr. Jerry Feng (jfeng@tamu.edu).

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January 11, 2012
Paul Dechow, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry 
Material Properties and Microstructure of Craniofacial Bone in Hominins

January 18, 2012
Venu Varanasi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry  
Improving Bioactive Glass Design for Enhanced Osteogenic Gene Expression

January 22, 2012
M Douglas Benson, PhD 
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences 
Texas A&M School of Dentistry
Ephrin Stimulation of Developmental Bone Formation

January 25, 2012
L-Bruno Ruest, PhD 
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M School of Dentistry
TWISTing the Jaw

February 1, 2012
Yinshi Ren, PhD Student
Feng Lab
Department of Biomedical Sciences 
Texas A&M School of Dentistry
Rescue of Bone Loss by Blocking Sost Function in a Periodontal Disease Model

February 2, 2012
Wei Hsu, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Genetics and Oncology
University of Rochester Medical Center
Interplay of Skeletogenic Signaling Pathways: From Developmental and Disease Mechanisms to Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

February 8, 2012
Monica Gibson, DDS
Qi Lab
Department of Biomedical Sciences 
Texas A&M School of Dentistry
Old Gene With a New Function

February 29, 2012
Xu Cao, PhD
Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Matricrine Coupling of Bone Resorption and Formation

March 6, 2012
Junjun Jing, PhD Student 
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
A Novel Concept and Key Roles of Osterix in Mandibular Formation

March 8, 2012
Keith Kirkwood, DDS, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Craniofacial Biology
Associate Dean for Research Director
Center for Oral Health Research
James B Edwards College of Dental Medicine
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Medical University of South Carolina
College of Medicine
Mechanisitc Basis for Translational Studies in the Management of Periodontal Diseases

April 4, 2012
Christopher T Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery
Internal Medicine - Mineral Metabolism
UT Southwestern
The Role of G-Protein Coupled Estrogen Receptor One in Fracture Healing

 April 6, 2012
Kayla Bayless, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
Texas A&M Health Science Center
How Intermediate Filaments Aid Angiogenic Sprout Initiation

 May 2, 2012
Dr. Yihong Wan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
UT Southwestern
Regulation of Bone by the Nuclear Receptor PPARg

 May 9, 2012
Mary Tandang-Silvas, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas A&M School of Dentistry
FAM20 Protein Structure-Function

May 23, 2012
Laurie McCauley DDS, MS, PhD
Dean
William K and Mary Anne Najjar Professor
Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine 
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Professor
Department of Pathology
University of Michigan Medical School
Elucidating Cellular Mechanisms of Action of Parathyroid Hormone in Regenerative Medicine

 May 23, 2012
Brad Amendt, PhD
Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Center for Environmental and Genetic Medicine
Texas A&M Health Science Center, Houston 
The Pitx2-miR200-BMP-Wmt Pathway Regulates Mouse Incisor Development

May 30, 2012
Brad Amendt, PhD
Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Center for Environmental and Genetic Medicine
Texas A&M Health Science Center, Houston 
MicroRNAs Regulate Proliferation and Differentiation of Dental Progenitor (Stem) Cells

June 6, 2012
Zhi Chen, DDS, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and International Affairs
Professor of Cariology and Endodontology
School and Hospital of Stomatology
Wuhan University
Downregulation of MiR-145 and miR-143 Promotes Odontoblast Differentiation

August 2, 2012
Yinshi Ren, PhD
Assistant Professor 
Orthopaedic Surgery
UT Southwestern
Interactions Between PDL and Osteocytes

August 12, 2012
Robert Hinton, PhD
Regents Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Regulation of Temporomandibular Joint Development and Growth

August 26, 2012
Christopher Bowman, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Clinical Professor of Restorative Dentistry
Co-Director of the NSF I/UCRC for Fundamentals, Applications and Photopolymerizations
University of Colorado
Photochemically & Thermally Triggered Covalent Adaptable Networks

August 29, 2012
Anne George, PhD
Brodie Endowed Professor
Division of Oral Biology
University of Illinois, Chicago 
DMP1 and Matrix Mineralization

September 12, 2012
Mitsuo Yamauchi, DDS, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology
Professor of Periodontology
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Collagen Glycosylation: More Than a Sweet Coating

September 19, 2012
Yongbo Lu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M School of Dentistry
Twist: The Central Player of FGF Signaling in Bone

 October 3, 2012
Shuxian Lin, Graduate Student
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M School of Dentistry  
DMP1 Controls Osteocyte Maturation via Wnt-β Catenin Signaling Pathways

 October 10, 2012
Jian Q. (Jerry) Feng, MD, PhD
Assistant Dean for Research
Professor
Texas A&M School of Dentistry
A New Concept on Bone Mineralization: Osteocyte but not Osteoblasts Do the Job

October 17, 2012
Sunhita Ho, PhD
Associate Professor
Preventative and Restorative Dental Sciences
University of California, San Francisco
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of a Bone-PDL-Tooth Fibrous Joint

October 24, 2012
Paul Dechow, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry 
Translational Research Opportunities and Barriers 

October 31, 2012
Lynne Opperman, PhD
Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry 
Technology Transfer: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

 November 7, 2012
Captain Mark B Lyles
Dental Corp, US Navy
Military Medical Research: Thinking Outside the Box to Solve Complex Problems

November 14, 2012
Mary Tandang-Silvas, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas A&M School of Dentistry
In Vitro Analyses of Typical and Atypical  Kinases Required for Bone and Tooth Formation

 November 28, 2012
Neda Saffarian Tousi, PhD
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M School of Dentistry
Role of Inflammation and NF-kB Signaling in Parkinson`s Disease and Osteogenesis

December 7, 2012
Chuanju Liu, PhD 
Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor, Department of Cell Biology
NYU School of Medicine
An Interplay Network Among Growth Factor, Cytokine & Metalloproteinase in Cartilage & Arthritis

December 12, 2012
Geoffrey Guttmann, PhD
Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Extending the Cadaver Into the Clinic