Fall 2004 Table of Contents
Research in Focus
Research Day 2004: USC’s Dean Slavkin
Shares Spotlight with NYUCD Students













Ten NYUCD students and the Dean of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Dr. Harold Slavkin, were honored at the 2004 NYUCD Student Research Day. Associate Dean for Research Dr. Louis Terracio presided over the student awards ceremony and the presentation of the second annual NYUCD Distinguished Scientist Award to Dr. Slavkin, in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions to dental and craniofacial research.

ADA/Dentsply Student Research Table Clinic Award
Anthony Kail, D.D.S. ‘06
Characterization of Tissue Engineered Striated Muscle
Advisors: Dr. Louis Terracio, Dr. Wentao Yan, Dr. Upinder Fotadar

Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Omega Chapter Award in conjunction with Procter & Gamble
Chia-Yu Sherry Ku, D.D.S. ‘05
Analysis of Oral Bacteria Diversity Using PCR-Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis
Advisors: Dr. Yihong Li, Dr. Page Caufield, Dr. Deepak Saxena

Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Omega Chapter Award in conjunction with Panadent
Philip Zaveloff, D.D.S. ’03, PG Endo ‘06
Heteroduplex Analysis of Bacteria Associated with Periodontal and Pulpal Disease
Advisors: Dr. Peter DiFiore, Dr. Upinder Fotadar, Dr. Robert Boylan, Dr. Wentao Yan, Dr. Louis Terracio

Dean’s Research Award
Rozheh Babanian, D.D.S. ’04 and Steven Weiss, D.D.S. ‘04
Interleukin-2, Selenium, Vitamin E, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progression: The Contribution of the Immune Response to Tumor Eradication
Advisors: Dr. Martin Roy, Dr. Harvey Wishe, Dr. Lidia Kiremidjian-Schumacher

Student Research Group Award for Excellence in Research
Christine S. Calamia, D.D.S. ‘07
The Effect of Operator on Bond Strengths Comparing Microtensile Trimming and Non-Trimming Methods
Advisor: Dr. Van Thompson

Postgraduate Resident Research Award
Dong Won Park, PG Implants ‘04
Retrospective Study of the Effect of Surgical Experience with Dental Implants on Second-Stage Implant Survival
Advisors: Dr. Sang-Choon Cho, Dr. Nicholas Elian, Dr. Stuart Froum, Dr. Jeffrey Scolnick; Dr. Dennis Tarnow

Postdoctoral Resident Research Award
Deepak Saxena, Division of Diagnostics, Infectious Disease, and Health Promotion
Subtraction Hybridization Approach for Identifying Genes of Potential Relevance to Dental Caries
Advisors: Dr. Page Caufield, Dr. Yihong Li

Dental Hygiene Student Research Award
Rocio S. Ortiz, A.A.S. ’04, Cristina T. Vili, A.A.S. ‘04
Panoramic Radiography Foretells the Future
Advisor: Dr. Eva Lupovici

Devorah Shurin, A.A.S. ’04, Robigaile Atienza, A.A.S. ‘04
The Clinician’s Role in the Prevention of Orthodontically Related Gingival Recession
Advisor: Dr. Eva Lupovici

Outstanding Poster by a Research Staff Member
Yelena Nemelivsky, Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology and Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics
Bone Tissue Engineering via the Endochondral Pathway: The First Steps
Advisors: Dr. Claudia Karkia, Dr. Cristina Teixeira, Dr. Racquel LeGeros