Dental Scholars Day highlights importance of future research

Alumni Affairs
June 14, 2022
12th Annual Dental Scholars Day

The twelfth annual Dental Scholars Day brought back distinguished guest speaker Rena N. D’Souza, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Paulo Coelho, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor of biomaterials, plastic surgery and mechanical and aerospace engineering at New York University, delivered the keynote message.

Our students, residents, staff scientists, research specialists and scholars delivered an impressive array of outstanding research and scholarship.

Congratulations to our winners!

James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine Scholars Day 2022 Winners

Predoctoral Category – SCADA at AADOCR

Maggie Moffett, Hannah Price
Preliminary Study of Dye Penetration in Apical 5mm of Palatal Roots
Mentor: Chin-Lo Ellen Hahn, D.D.S.

Predoctoral Category – Hinman Atlanta

Jared Totaro
A Case Study and Review of Cost-Effectiveness in Intentional Replantation vs Implant Treatment, Apicoectomy, or Non-Surgical Retreatment
Mentors: Michael Cuenin, D.M.D., Stephanie Till, D.D.S.

Predoctoral Category – Hinman Memphis

Weston Jackson, Davis Milholland
A Comparison of Occlusal Analysis Philosophies: Neuromuscular Dentistry and Centric-Relation Centered Treatment
Mentor: Douglas Alterman, D.M.D.

Predoctoral Category – SCDA Summer Expo



1st Place

Novin Pishevar, D.M.D.
Impact of peri-operative amoxicillin on endosseous implant alveolar bone healing in a murine model
Mentor: Chad Novince, D.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D.

2nd Place

Waleed Alkakhan, D.D.S., MA
In Vitro Modeling of Inflammatory Responses to Periodontal Infections
Mentor: Subramanya Pandruvada, Ph.D.

3rd Place

Roshanak Momen, D.D.S.
Comparison of Accuracy and Efficiency of Robotic-assisted Haptic Guidance versus Freehand Access Preparation in Calcified Teeth
Mentor: Theodore Ravenel, D.M.D.

Ph.D. Years 1- 4 Category

1st Place

Shuchun Sun
Identifying Masticatory System Morphology-Function Relationships under Deep Learning Inspiration
Mentor: Hai Yao, Ph.D.

2nd Place

Bridgette Wellslager
Heat Shock Protein 27 is an Important Early Regulator and Platform Molecule in P. gingivalis-Driven Selective Autophagy in Human Gingival Epithelial Cells
Mentor: Özlem Yilmaz, D.D.S., Ph.D.

3rd Place

Matthew Carson, BA
Antimicrobial-Induced Oral Dysbiosis Exacerbates Naturally Occurring Alveolar Bone Loss
Mentor: Chad Novince, Ph.D., D.D.S.

Ph.D. Years 5+ Category

1st Place

Megan Sheridan
Role of Porphyromonas gingivalis in Mediating Ceramide-dependent Mitophagy in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Mentors: Besim Ogretmen, Ph.D., Özlem Yilmaz, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Scholar/Fellow and Staff Scientist Category

1st Place

Peng Chen, Ph.D.
TMJ condyle cartilage regeneration in a porcine TMJ injury model
Mentors: Hai Yao, Ph.D.