You make us proud! Spring 2020 college updates

February 27, 2020

 

Faculty News

GwenGwendolyn B. Brown, D.M.D. Class of 1986, was recognized in early February as part of MUSC’s Black History Month for her tremendous strides in community involvement as well as promoting diversity in the community. The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) also recognized her leadership within the college, as SNDA advisor and director of diversity, and for her work as an attending at Coastal, a clinic rotation site where our students treat patients with special health care needs.


Col GonzalesTheresa Gonzales, D.M.D. Class of 1979, received the Outstanding Service Award in Medicine from the College of Charleston.


RossGabriel Ross, D.M.D., joined the MUSC Department of Pediatric Dentistry as part-time faculty member on Dec.1, 2019. Ross graduated from our D.M.D. program in 2014 and the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program in 2017.  


MarshallJulie Marshall, Ph.D., joined the MUSC Department of Stomatology, Division of Population Oral Health on Jan. 2, 2020. She brings considerable health services and policy research experience having previously worked for Congress and the Appalachian Regional Commission as an economist. Marshall has worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation addressing health disparities in Appalachia for the last four years.


brenesChristian Brenes, D.D.S., joined the MUSC Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Division of Removable Prosthodontics on Feb.1, 2020. He will expand our digital footprint in removable prosthodontics. Brenes joins us from the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University.


SidowStephanie Sidow, D.D.S., joined the MUSC Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Division of Endodontics as a part-time faculty member on Feb. 3, 2020. Sidow also joins us from the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University.


Congratulations to Mark Ludlow, D.M.D., on his election to the American College of Prosthodontists Board of Directors. Ludlow will serve a 3-year term. 


Student News

Two of our Dental Scientist Training Program (DSTP) trainees, often referred to as the D.M.D/Ph.D. program, won awards at the recent MUSC Perry V. Halushka Student Research Day held Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. 

JoyJoy Kirkpatrick won first place in the Ph.D. II category poster presentation as well as first place in the interprofessional category for her presentation titled "Development of Inhibitors of KDM4B as a Therapeutic Strategy for Periodontal Disease." The poster presentation was part of a joint project with Assistant Professor of Oral Health Sciences Chad Novince. Kirkpatrick conducted her research in the laboratory of Professor and SmartState Drug Discovery Endowed Chair Pat Woster. 


RogersAlexandra "Alex" Rogers-DeCotes from the laboratory of Associate Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology Christine Kern, won second place in the Clinical Professional category for her poster presentation, "ADAMTS5-mediated cleavage is required for subchondral bone formation in the mandibular condyle."

Two of our T32 trainees also received awards at the Research Day event.

Hannah Knochelman, an M.D./Ph.D. student who was on the T32 for less than a year before she was awarded an NIH F30 fellowship, placed first in the Ph.D. III category for her oral presentation, "Cancer immunotherapy findings of T cell behavior in responsive or non-responsive melanoma models." Knochelman is doing her dissertation research in the laboratory of Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Chrystal Paulos. 


Ph.D. trainee Megan Sheridan, who has been on the T32 for a few years, won the Sigma Xi award for her poster presentation, "Role of Porphyromonas gingivalis in Mediating Cerimide-dependent Mitophagy in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma." Sheridan is doing her dissertation research in the laboratory of Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Besim Ogretmen. This was also a joint project with Professor of Oral Health Sciences Ozlem Yilmaz. 

 

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