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Infectious Diseases

DEEPAK SAXENA, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology

EXPERTISE:
Classifying bacterial strains involved in human health and disease.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Using squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), Dr. Saxena is trying to develop “unique bacterial signatures” and identify various bacteria that are predominantly presenting SCC and ONJ. Dr. Saxena’s research was recently awarded a $264,000 NIH grant to identify bacteria residing in the human oral cavity.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
“Genetic Classification of Severe Early Childhood Caries Using Subtracted DNA Fragments from Streptococcus mutans.” Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2008).

“Microbial Populations and Enzyme Activities in Soil in situ Under Transgenic Corn Expressing Cry Proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis.” Journal of Environmental Quality (2008).

“Genetic Profiling of the Oral Microbiota Associated with Severe Early Childhood Caries.” Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2007).