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GEORGE J. CISNEROS, DMD, MMSc
Professor of Orthodontics; Chair of the Department of Orthodontics

EXPERTISE:
Invisalign (invisible braces); computer imaging in orthodontics.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Chair, Council on Orthodontic Education for the American Association (AAO) of Orthodontists; Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Board of Orthodontics; recipient of the American Association of Orthodontists’ (AAO) Milo Hellman Research Award

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
“Occlusal Perceptions of Children Seeking Orthodontics: Impact of Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status.” American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003).

“The Frequency of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Symptomatology in a Craniofacial Disorder Population.” Advances in Orthodontics (2002).

“Rapid Palatal Expansion: A Comparison of Two Appliances.” Advances in Orthodontics (2000).


OLIVIER NICOLAY, DDS. MMSc
Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics; Director of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedics; Associate Chair, Department of Orthodontics

EXPERTISE:
Orthognathic surgery and lingual orthodontics.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Program Director, Columbia University Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics, 1984–1989; Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
“Comparison of Levels of Inflammatory Mediators IL-1Beta and Beta G in Gingival Crevicular Fluid from Molars, Premolars, and Incisors During Rapid Palatal Expansion.” American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2008)

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“Comparison of Measurements Made on Digital and Plaster Models.” American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003).

“The Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Craniofacial Skeleton of Mice Lacking the IGF-1 Gene.” Clinical Orthodontics and Research (2001)

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CRISTINA TEIXEIRA, DMD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Orthodontics

EXPERTISE: Tissue-engineered cartilage.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Recipient, NIH grant to study how to manipulate the spread of nitric oxide, a powerful gas that signals temporary cartilage cell to grow bone

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
"Apoptosis of Growth Plate Chondrocytes Occurs Through a Mitochondrial Pathway." Angle Orthodontist (2007)

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"Biphasic Calcium Phosphate: A Scaffold for Growth Plate Chondrocyte Maturation." Tissue Engineering (2006).

"Nitric Oxide-Nitric Oxide Synthase Regulates Key Maturational Events During Chondrocyte Terminal Differentiation." Bone (2005)

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MANI ALIKHANI, DDS, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Orthodontics

EXPERTISE:
Innovative approaches to accelerate tooth remodeling and shorten the length of orthodontic treatment time, including the use of osteoperforation, or the creation of tiny holes through the cortical surface of the bone without the need for gingival flap therapy

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Completed a research fellowship in biomedical engineering at Stony Brook University; with his colleague Dr. Cristina Teixeira, holds two patents, one for their osteoperforation technique and another for a device that uses high frequency mechanical stimulation to generate bone around teeth—FDA approval is pending

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
“FOXO1, a Novel Regulator of Osteoblast Differentiation and Skeletogenesis.” Journal of Biological Chemistry (2010)

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“Cytokine Expression and Accelerated Tooth Movement.” Journal of Dental Research (2010).

“FOXO1 Plays an Essential Role in Apoptosis of Retinal Pericytes.” Molecular Vision (2010)

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