Dr. Diane Rekow
Appointed Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology and
of Orthodontics and Director of Translational Research
Dr. Van P. Thompson
Appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomaterials
and Biomimetics and Acting Chairman of the Department of Cariology
and Operative Dentistry.
Dr. Diane Rekow
Prior to joining
NYUCD, Dr. Rekow had been a professor and the chairperson of the
Department of Orthodontics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey Dental School (UMDNJ), a member of the graduate faculty
at UMDNJ, and the co-director and a graduate faculty member of the
New Jersey Institute of Technology-UMDNJ Joint Ph.D. Program in
multicredentialed clinician and researcher, Dr. Rekow holds an M.S.
degree in mechanical engineering, a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering,
and a certificate in orthodontics, all from the University of Minnesota
School of Dentistry, and an M.B.A. from the College of St. Thomas
in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since 1999, she has served as the director
of the Associated Institutions for Material Science (AIMS), a partnership
among Princeton University, the Sarnoff Corporation, Rutgers University,
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Stevens Institute, and UMDNJ.
The mission of AIMS is to foster and enable multidisciplinary, multi-institutional,
academic-collaborative materials science research.
research interests focus on performance and properties of machinable
brittle materials, an area in which she recently received a $5.9
million NIH grant, and on scaffolds for tissue engineering. Working
with a team of physicists, engineers, materials scientists, fabrication
companies, and clinicians, she designs and conducts tests to predict
the long-term clinical failure of ceramic materials with the goal
of establishing guidelines for improved product development. She
is also developing solutions to tissue engineering problems by using
a technique called engineered porocity in order to optimize
the speed and quality of replacement bone that grows into craniofacial
defects. In addition to her research, teaching, and clinical practice,
Dr. Rekow publishes and lectures extensively in her multiple areas
Dr. Van P.
comes to NYUCD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey Dental School, where he served as associate dean for
research, industrial relations, and faculty development and as a
professor of prosthodontics and biomaterials. Dr. Thompson holds
a dental degree from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at
the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in biology/biophysics from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
research activities focus on enhanced machinability and performance
of ceramics. He is currently the principal investigator or co-investigator
on three grants in this area and has five grant applications pending.
The recipient of extensive public and private research funding for
nearly 30 years, Dr. Thompson has published over 120 articles, books,
chapters, and abstracts and has delivered over 200 lectures both
in the United States and abroad. He holds a number of patents and
is the creator of several audiovisual teaching aids.
predicts that in five years NYUCD will be in the forefront of biomaterials
and biomimetics research and will function as an international center
in these areas. He is committed to building a broad-based cadre
of interdisciplinary researchers and clinicians who will be able
to move between relatively sophisticated procedures like tissue
engineering and less complex ones like the application of a simple
restorative bridge in the mouth. Using a collaborative approach,
his team will seek funding in three principal areas: the design
of 3D scaffolds for tissue ingrowth, unique calcium phosphate chemistries
and application processes for implant coatings, and new adhesive
restorative materials for the treatment of early and hidden caries.