Dr. Lidral joined the College of Dentistry's Department of Orthodontics in 2001.
Dr. Lidral's research focuses on craniofacial developmental genetics. His goal is to identify the genetic causes of craniofacial birth defects, including syndromic and nonsyndromic forms of orofacial clefting, which occurs in 1/500-1/1000 births. Dr. Lidral's team uses a variety of strategies to identify disease genes. His main focus is to collaborate with other researchers to study nonsyndromic clefting in unique populations whose ethnicity or genetic heritage increase the likelihood for gene identification. Ongoing collaborations include researchers in Colombia, South America; Pittsburgh, PA; and Seattle, WA.
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Dr. Lidral is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association for Dental Research, the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, the American Dental Association, and the American Society of Human Genetics. Dr. Lidral's professional appointments include being an ad-hoc reviewer for the following journals: American Journal of Human Genetics, Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, Developmental Biology, Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, Journal of Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology, and Journal of Medical Genetics.