COSTAR
Current Trainees
DDS/PhD Students
Nicholas Dybdal-Hargreaves Nicholas Dybdal-Hargreaves
DDS/PhD Program, Pharmacology
Research Area
Novel mechanisms of action of microtubule targeting agents.
2013-Present
Mentor
Dr. Susan Mooberry/Pharmacology
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PhD Students
Allison Doyle Allison Doyle
PhD Program, Pharmacology/Neuroscience
Research Area
Protein-protein interactions mediating inflammatory hyperalgesia in peripheral sensory neurons
2013-Present
Mentor
Dr. Nathaniel A. Jeske/Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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Blaine McGuire Blaine McGuire
PhD Program, Pharmacology
Research Area
Opioid receptor heteromer signaling
2011-Present
Mentor
Dr. Kelly Berg, Pharmacology
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Krystle Blanchette Krystle Blanchette
PhD Program, Microbiology & Immunology
Research Area
Biofilm formation as a mechanism of persistence and colonization within the nasopharynx by streptococcus pneumonia
2012-Present
Mentor
Dr. Carlos Orihuela, Microbiology & Immunology
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Alison Doyungan Alison Doyungan
PhD Program, Cellular and Structural Biology
Research Area
Cancer Biology; The role of MED12/Mediator transcriptional complex in oncogenic Wnt/beta-catenin signaling
2013-Present
Mentor
Dr. Thomas Boyer/Molecular Medicine
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Postdoctoral Fellows
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Jing Li Jing Li
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Identification of New Anticancer Drugs from Natural Sources
2011-Present
Mentor
Dr. Sue Mooberry, Pharmacology
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Andrey Malakhov Andrey Malakhov
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Development of a Tissue Specific Scaffold for Guiding Stem Cell-based Salivary Gland Regeneration
2014-Present
Mentor
Dr. Chih-Ko Yeh and Dr. Xiao-Dong Chen/Comprehensive Dentistry
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Former Trainees
DDS/PhD Program
Nataliya Inozemtseva Nataliya Inozemtseva
DDS/PhD Program, Pediatric Dentistry
Research Area
Function of DLX3 in amelogenesis
2002-2009
Mentors
Dr. Mary M. MacDougall and Dr. Shuo Chen, Pediatric Dentistry
   
Jessica Ibarra Jessica Ibarra
DDS/PhD Program, Cellular & Structural Biology
Research Area
Targeted expression of Dentin Sialoprotein and Dentin Phosphoprotein in Dentinogenesis
2002-2007
Mentor
Dr. Mary M. MacDougall and Dr. Shuo Chen, Pediatric Dentistry
   
Roberto Cortez Roberto I. Cortez
DDS/PhD Program, Microbiology
Research Area
Identification of Genes Involved in Caspofungin Susceptibility in Candida Glabrata Using Insertional Mutagenesis.
2003-2011
Mentor
Dr. Brian Wickes, Microbiologyspacer
   
Monique Garcia Monique Garcia
DDS/PhD Program, Cellular & Structural Biology
Research Area
Effects of the Periodontal Pathogen Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) Colony Morphology (Smooth/Rough) on the Host Immune Response
2003-2007
Mentor
Dr. Ellen Kraig, Cellular & Structural Biology
   
  Lilia Martinez-Cyr
DDS/PhD Program, Periodontics
Research Area
The expression and role of bone morphogenetic protein 4 in tooth cytodifferentiation.
2003-2007
Mentor
Dr. Stephen E. Harris, Periodontics
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Jose D. Vela Jose D. Vela
DDS/PhD Program, Pharmacology
Research Area
Adrenergic Modulation of Peripheral Nociceptors.
2003-2005; 2005-2008, NIH F30 award
Mentor
Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves, Pediatric Dentistry
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Thomas Millstead Thomas Millstead
DDS/PhD Program, Biochemistry
Research Area
Structural and Functional Characterization of the Endoglin Related Region of the Transforming Growth Factor βCo-receptor, Betaglycan.
2004-2007; 2007-2009, NIHF30 award
Mentor
Dr. Andrew Hinck, Biochemistry
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Nikita Ruparel Nikita Ruparel
DDS/PhD Program, Cellular & Structural Biology
Research Area
The Role of TRPV1 and TRPA1 in Cannabinoid Regulation of Nociceptors
2005-2011
Mentor
Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves , Endodontics
   
Ahmed Sabbah Ahmed Sabbah
DDS/PhD Program, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Area
Factors involved in the mucosal innate immune anti-viral response against RNA viruses.
2006-Present
Mentor
Dr. Santanu Bose, Microbiology
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Steven Farnsworth Steven Farnsworth
DDS/PhD Program, Physiology
Research Area
Investigating the use transplanting of iPS derived Neural Precursor Cells for Trigeminal Nerve Injury Repair.
2009-Present
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Suzette Laing Suzette Laing
DDS/PhD Program, Cellular & Structural Biology
Research Area
Bone Marrow derived macrophage -mediated gene therapy of P. gingivalis induced Atherosclerosis using MicroRNA 12 6
2009-Present
Mentor
Dr. Senlin Li, Department of Medicine/Infectious Disease
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Audrey Rakian Audrey Rakian
DDS/PhD Program, Physiology
Research Area
The Mechanism of BMP2 in Postnatal Odontogenesis
2010-Present
Mentor
Dr. Stephen Harris, Periodontics
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Rubie Rakian Rubie Rakian
DDS/PhD Program, Physiology
Research Area
Regenerating Human Oral Mucosa by Bone Marrow-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells
2010-Present
Mentor
Dr. Xiao-Dong Chen, Developmental Dentistry
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Geetha Vipulanndan Geetha Vipulanandan
DDS/PhD Program
Research Area
Candida albicans Pathogenecity
2011-Present
Mentor
David Kadosh, Microbiology and Immunology
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PhD Program
David Cavazos David Cavazos
PhD Program, Cellular & Structural Biology
Research Area
Defect in Repair of Oxidative Stress at Telomeres in Werner Syndrome.
2002-2007
Mentor
Dr. Robert Marciniak, Medicine
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Leigh Ann Leigh Ann Feuerbacher
PhD Program, Microbiology
Research Area
The Role of cAMP-receptor-protein (CRP) in leukotoxin synthesis.
2003-2008
Mentor
Dr. Kolodrubetz Microbiology
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Emily Rhodes Emily Rhodes
PhD Program, Cellular & Structural Biology
Research Area
Padget’s Disease of Bone (PDB).
2004-2008
Mentor
Dr. Robin Leach, PhD Program, Cellular & Structural Biology
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Earlanda Williams Earlanda Williams
PhD Program, Cellular & Structural Biology
Research Area
Effects of aging on immunity and autoimmunity.
2004-2006; 2006-2008 NIH R36 Award
Mentor
Dr. Ellen Kraig, Cellular & Structural Biology
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Catherine Childress Catherine Childress
PhD Program, Microbiology
Research Area
Periodontal disease, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, leukotoxin regulation
2005-2010
Mentor
Dr. David Kolodrubetz, Microbiology
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Kurt Kuhne Kurt Kuhne
PhD Progra, Microbiology
Research Area
Oncogenic viruses utilizing Kaposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpes virus (KSHV) as a model.
2006-2010
Mentor
Dr. Shou-Jiang Gao, Microbiology
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Anna Romanelli Anna Romanelli
PhD Program, Microbiology
Research Area
Development of a Biocurated Sequence Identification Database for Molecular Identification of Human Fungal Pathogens
2007-2010
Mentor
Dr. Brian Wickes, Microbiology
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Matthew Rowan Matthew Rowan
PhD Program, Pharmacology
Research Area
Estrogen regulation of inflammatory pain in the trigeminal region.
2007-2011
Mentor
Dr. William Clarke, Pharmacology
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Adriana Benavides Adriana Benavides
PhD Program, Microbiology & Immunology
2007-2011; 2011-Present NIH R36 Award
Research Area
Looking at effects of rapamycin on humoral immunity and autoimmunity in young and old individuals.
Mentor
Dr. Ellen Kraig, Cellular & Structural Biology
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Carlos Sanchez Carlos Sanchez
PhD Program, Microbiology
Research Area
Bacterial pathogenesis and biofilm development
2008-2011
Mentor
Dr. Carlos Orihuela, Microbiology
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Patricia Carlisle Patricia Carlisle
PhD Program, Microbiology
2009; 2009-2011 NIH F31 Award
Research Area
Candida albicans morphogenesis
Mentor
Dr. David Kadosh, Microbiology
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Miriam Shadfan Miriam Shadfan
PhD Program, Radiation Oncology
Research Area
Post-Translational Modifications of MDM2 and p53
2009-2010; 2010-Present NIH F31 Award
Mentor
Dr. Zhi-Min Yuan, Radiation Oncology
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Delma Thompson Delma Thompson
PhD Program, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Area
Environmental Control of Candida albicans Filamentation and Virulence
2009-2011; 2011-Present NIH F31 Award
Mentor
Dr. David Kadosh, Microbiology and Immunology
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  Elaine Por
PhD Program, Pharmacology
Research Area
2010-2011; 2011-Present NIH F31 Award
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Rachel Hartley Rachel Hartley
PhD Program, Pharmacology
Research Area
Mechanism of Action of Microtubule Stabilizers
2009-2012
Mentor
Dr. Susan Mooberry, Microbiology
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Sabrina Martinez-Anz Sabrina Martinez-Anz
PhD Program, Microbiology & Immunology
Research Area
Identification and characterization of genes in Candida albicans that are involved in morphology and infection of host tissues
2012
Mentor
Dr. David Kadosh, Microbiology & Immunology
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Margaux Salas Margaux Salas
PhD Program, Cellular & Structural Biology
Research Area
Pain in the trigeminal region.
2007-Present
Mentor
Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves, Endodontics
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Victoria Mgbemena Victoria Mgbemena
PhD Program, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Area
The Role of KLF6 in oral mucosal immunity during H1N1 influenza A (flu) virus infection
2009-Present
Mentor
Dr. Santanu Bose, Microbiology and Immunology
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Dustin Green Dustin Green
PhD Program, Physiology
Research Area
Cytochrome p450 mediates the release of endogenous TRPV1 agonists in thermally injured tissue
2011-Present
Mentor
Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves, Endodontics
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Anel Lizcano Anel Lizcano
PhD Program, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Area
Streptococcus pneumoniae pathogenesis
2011-Present
Mentor
Dr. Carlos Orihuela, Microbiology
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Jesus Segovia Jesus Segovia
PhD Program, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Area
Innate immunity and Inflammation
2011-Present
Mentor
Dr. Santanu Bose, Microbiology and Immunology
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Postdoctoral Program
Asma Khan Asma Khan
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Cytokine regulation of periradicular pain in humans.
2002-2003; 2003-2008 NIH KO8 award
Mentor
Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves, Endodontics
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Isabel Gay Isabel Gay
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Isolation and characterization of multipotent periodontal ligament cells.
2002-2005
Mentor
Dr. Mary M. MacDougall, Pediatric Dentistry
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Cara Knight Gonzales Cara Knight Gonzales
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Differential Gene Expression in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
2003-2006
Mentor
Dr. Martin Thornhill, Dental Diagnostic Science
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Petros Papagerakis Petros Papagerakis
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Tooth matrix proteins and regulation of transcription factor regulation during tooth morphogenesis.
2003-2005
Mentor
Dr. Mary M. MacDougall, Pediatric Dentistry
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Valerie Lee Valerie Lee
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Compliant phase reduces contraction stress in dental composite resins. Development of an antimicrobial nanoemulsion for removal of biofilms on teeth.
2004-2007; Awarded R08 and R21 awards
Mentor
Dr. Ralph Rawls, Restorative Dentistry
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Johnny Short Stella Bernardo
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Understanding the molecular pathogenesis of Oropharyngeal (OPC).
2006-2007
Mentor
Dr. Samuel Lee, Medicine
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Jill Fehrenbacher Jill Fehrenbacher
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Basic mechanisms associated with gender-related pain differences.
2007-2009; 2010 NIH R21 Award
Mentor
Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves, Endodontics
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Johnny Short Johnny Short
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Adiponectin signaling and regulation
2007-2008
Mentor
Dr. Lily Dong, Postdoctoral Program, Cellular & Structural Biology
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Moraima Guadalupe Moraima Guadalupe
Postdoctoral Program, Pediatrics, MS in Clinical Investigation Program
Research Area
Oral KSHV Complications in HIV Infection.
2007-2010
Mentor
Dr. Shou-Jiang Gao, Pediatrics
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Kevin Scott Kevin Scott
Postdoctoral Program and M.S. in Clinical Investigation Program
2008 - 2009
Mentor
Dr. Spencer Redding, Dental Diagnostic Sciences
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Dayna Loyd Dayna Loyd
Postdoctoral Program, Endodontics
Research Area
Serotonin Modulation of Rat and Human Trigeminal Nociceptors
2008-2010; 2010-2011 NIH F32 Award
Mentor
Dr. Ken Hargreaves, Endodontics
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Whitney Greene Whitney Greene
Postdoctoral Program, Pediatrics
Research Area
Determining mechanisms used by Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus to enter infect endothelial cells
2008-2011
Mentor
Dr. Shuo-Jiang Gao, Pediatrics
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Janelle Lauer-Fields Janelle Lauer-Fields
Postdoctoral Program, Biochemistry
Research Area
Inhibitionof collegenosis in squanimous cell carcinoma
2009-2010
Mentor
Dr. Bjorn Steffensen, Periodondics/Biochemistry
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Jennifer McDaniel Jennifer McDaniel
Postdoctoral Program, Pediatric Dentistry
Research Area
Exploring the role of BMP2 in tooth development and formation using BMP2 knockout mouse model to determine which signaling pathways of BMP2 are involved in the regulation of tooth-related gene expression.
2010-2012
Mentors
Dr. Shuo Chen, Pediatric Dentistry
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Laura Sullivan Laura Sullivan
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Pharmacology of opioid receptor systems and their role in regulating responsiveness to pain.
2010-Present
Mentors
Dr. William Clarke, Pharmacology
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Jacob Garza Jacob Garza
Postdoctoral Program
Research Area
Regulation of neural stem cells by growth factor receptor-bound protein-10
2010-Present
Mentor
Dr. Feng Liu, Pharmacology
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Faculty Trainees
Dr. Thomas Oates Dr. Thomas Oates
Research Area
Investigation of implant integration and stabilization.
2002-2003
Dr. Ernest Valdez Dr. Ernest Valdez
Research Area

Estrogen modulation of postsurgical pain
2004
Dr. Tim Henson Dr. Tim Henson
Research Area

The use of dental lasers in primary dentition pulp therapy
2005
Dr. Xiaoping Xu Dr. Xiaoping Xu
Research Area

Peptide inhibitors of MMP-2
2006