NYU College of Dentistry’s Dr. Nicola Partridge Awarded $1.5 Million NIH Grant for Craniofacial Bone Research

The new Chair of the Department of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology at the NYU College of Dentistry, Dr. Nicola Partridge, has been awarded a two-year, $1.5 million NIH grant to expand research on craniofacial bone biology. Dr. Partridge is a national and international authority on molecular endocrinology and an expert in bone and mineral research.

The award, which was made by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the NIH, will enable Dr. Partridge to hire two new junior faculty members to conduct research that has relevance to bone remodeling and craniofacial development and disease, such as osteoclast biology and the interaction of osteocytes with bone matrix. Dr. Partridge has special expertise in the role of parathyroid hormone action in bone and mineralized tissue, and in investigating pulsed electromagnetic fields that stimulate bone formation - work that is aimed at developing new signals for non-healing fractures and other improvements in orthopedic therapies.

The new faculty members are to devote at least 75 percent of their time to research, and the balance to teaching. They will be mentored by Dr. Partridge, who gained extensive mentoring experience in her previous position as Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

In addition to working with Dr. Partridge, the new faculty will be expected to collaborate with other craniofacial bone researchers from the College of Dentistry’s Departments of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology; Biomaterials & Biomimetics; Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine; Orthodontics; and Pediatric Dentistry.

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