Research in Focus
Research Day 2008: UCLA Research Dean Shares Spotlight with Student Researchers

Fifteen students from the NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD) and one student from the NYU College of Nursing (NYUCN) were awarded prizes in April at Research Day 2008. The prize-winning students presented posters selected from 110 submissions, the largest ever in the history of Research Day. The students shared the spotlight with Dr. David T. W. Wong, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the UCLA School of Dentistry and Director of the UCLA Dental Research Institute, who spoke on “Salivary Diagnostics: The Fundamentals and the Future.” (See related article on p. 18.) NYUCD Associate Dean for Research Dr. Louis Terracio presided at the ceremony and presented the sixth annual NYUCD Distinguished Scientist Award to Dr. Wong.

The winning entries are listed below.

Outstanding Clinical Case Presentation
Dr. Shruti Panjini, DDS ’08
Multidisciplinary Treatment of Diastema
Advisor: Dr. John R. Calamia

Student Research Group Award for Excellence in Research
Mr. Glenn Cañares, DDS ’11
In-Vitro Effects of OTC Bleaching on Enamel and Dentin Bonding
Advisor: Dr. Mark S. Wolff

Dean’s Research Award in Basic Science
Ms. Chen Chen, DDS ’10
Utilization of an Insect Model Versus a Mammalian Model in Analyzing the N-terminal SRCR-SID Domain of gp-340
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Malamud

Michael C. Alfano Omicron Kappa Upsilon Research Award
Ms. Danielle Kalman, DDS ’11
Role of NO/cGMP Pathway in Endochondral Bone Formation
Advisor: Dr. Cristina Teixeira

ADA/Dentsply Student Research Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research; and Dean's Award in Translational Research
Ms. Christy Chu, DDS ’10
Duplex Real-Time qPCR for the Quantitative Detection of S. mutans and S. sanguinis
Advisor: Dr. Yihong Li

Outstanding Presentation in Postgraduate Research in Implant Dentistry
Dr. Giovanni Favero, Advanced Program for International Dentists in Implant Dentistry ’08
The Effect of Complications Following Sinus Augmentation on Vital Bone Formation and Implant Survival
Advisor: Dr. Stuart Froum

Outstanding Clinical Presentation in Postgraduate Research in Orthodontics
Dr. Tom Lien, PG ’08
Assessment of Skeletal Maturation Using Vertebral Dimensional Changes Among Skeletal Class II Male Patients
Advisor: Dr. Seong Han

Outstanding Basic Science Presentation in Postgraduate Research in Orthodontics
Dr. Seth Margulies, PG ’08
Damage to an Enamel Substitute During Composite Removal: A Bur Study
Advisor: Dr. Dianne Rekow

Dean’s Research Award in Postgraduate Research; and Outstanding Postgraduate Research in Pediatrics
Dr. Zhemeng Wang, PG ’08
The Effect of Fluoride Varnish Regimens on S. mutans and Other Oral Bacteria in Young Children with Early Childhood Caries
Advisor: Dr. Neal Herman

Great Expressions Award for Periodontics Research
Dr. Zhou Chen, Postdoctoral Student, Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology
Bacterial Community Shift Assessed by DGGE and Sequence Analysis
Advisor: Dr. Yihong LI

Master of Science Research Award
Mr. Gary Catig, MS in Biomaterials ’09
Effect of Synthetic Bone Mineral (MZF-CaP) on Improving Bone Strength and Dissolution Properties of Ovariectomized Rats
Advisor: Dr. Racquel Z. LeGeros

Outstanding Presentation in Postdoctoral Research
Dr. Pablo Peixoto, Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology
Pharmacology of the Cytochrome C Release Channel, MAC
Advisor: Dr. Kathleen C. Kinnally

Outstanding Presentation in Nursing Research
Ms. Carina Katigbak, PhD Candidate, Nursing Research and Theory Development
Oral Health of Patients with HIV/AIDS: An Integrative Review
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Van Devanter

Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine Student Research Award for an Outstanding Clinical Poster Given by the NYUCD Diagnostic Pathology Laboratory
Mr. Paul Kraft, DDS ’11
A Correlational Study Between Human Papillomavirus Infection and Oral Lesions Considered to Be Suspicious for Cancer/Precancer as Determined by In Situ DNA Hybridization
Advisor: Dr. A. Ross Kerr

Postgraduate Research in Endodontics
Dr. Lawrence Tam, PG ’08
In Vitro Comparison of Peracetic Acid 5.25%, Sodium Hypochlorite 5.25%, and Chlorhexidine 2% as an Irrigant Against Enterococcus Faecalis
Advisor: Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg

Research Award in Dental Hygiene
Ms. Sneha Shah, AAS ’09
Using Panoramic Radiography to Detect Signs of Osteoporosis
Advisor: Ms. Jeanine Stabulas