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Dental Research Faculty

Kim A. Brogden Kim A. Brogden, Ph.D.
Director, Dows Institute for Dental Research
Professor, Department of Periodontics
Interim Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Brogden joined the College of Dentistry in 2004. He is a professor in the Department of Periodontics and the Dows Institute for Dental Research.

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Major Research Program: Mucosa, Immunology & Oral Cancer
Veerasathpurush Allareddy Veerasathpurush Allareddy, B.D.S., M.B.A., M.H.A., Ph.D., M.MSc.
Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics

Dr. Veerasathpurush Allareddy joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry's Department of Orthodontics in 2013 after completing a craniofacial and cleft lip/palate orthodontics fellowship at the Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA.

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Major Research Program: Health Policy & Outcomes
Brad A. Amendt Brad A. Amendt, Ph.D.
Director, Craniofacial Anomalies Research Center
Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology

Dr. Brad Amendt is a joint-appointed faculty in the Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry.

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Major Research Program: Craniofacial Anomalies Research
Steve Armstrong Steven R. Armstrong, D.D.S., Ph.D., FADM
Professor and Chair, Department of Operative Dentistry

Dr. Armstrong joined The University of Iowa College of Dentistry faculty in 1999 after completing post-doctoral work at the college as an NIDCR Dentist-Scientist. He is a professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry.

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Major Research Program: Biomaterials Bone and Tissue Engineering
Gustavo Avila-Ortiz Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics

Dr. Avila-Ortiz joined the College of Dentistry in 2011. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics.

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Major Research Program: Cariology/Microbiology
Jeffrey A. Banas Jeffrey A. Banas, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Banas’ primary appointment is in the Dows Institute for Dental Research with a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

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Major Research Program: Cariology/Microbiology
Azeez Butali Azeez Butali, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine

After completing his postdoctoral fellowship in craniofacial genetics at the University of Iowa in 2013, Dr. Azeez joined the College of Dentistry as an assistant professor in the Dows Institute for Dental Research.

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Major Research Program: Craniofacial Anomalies Research
Dan Caplan Dan Caplan, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Department Head, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. Caplan is professor and head of the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. Before joining the UI College of Dentistry in 2007, he was a faculty member in the Department of Dental Ecology at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry from 1995-2007.

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Major Research Program: Epidemiology & Behavioral Research
Christopher Barwacz Christopher Barwacz, D.D.S
Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics

Dr. Barwacz joined the staff at the Dental Clinical Research Center (now the Craniofacial Clinical Research Center) in 2008, where he provides the latest in dental care to research participants as well as private patients.

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Marsha A. Cunningham-Ford Marsha A. Cunningham-Ford, B.S., M.S., R.D.H.
Associate Professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Ms. Cunningham-Ford joined The University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1979. She is an associate professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry.

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Major Research Program: Epidemiology & Behavioral Research
Peter Damiano Peter Damiano, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry
Director, UI Public Policy Center

Dr. Damiano joined the College of Dentistry in 1990. He is a professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry and director, Health Policy Research, at the Public Policy Center.

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Major Research Program: Health Policy & Outcomes
Deborah V. Dawson Deborah V. Dawson, B.A., Sc.M., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Dawson is a professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and is director of the Biostatistics Unit for the College of Dentistry.

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Major Research Program: Biostatistics Unit
Isabelle Denry Isabelle Denry, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Prosthodontics

Dr. Isabelle Denry received her DDS and her PhD from the University of Paris, France. After 20 years at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, she recently moved to the University of Iowa, where she is a professor at the Dows Institute for Dental Research and Department of Prosthodontics.

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Major Research Program: Biomaterials Bone and Tissue Engineering
Dr. David R. Drake David R. Drake, M.S., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Endodontics

Dr. Drake joined The University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1988. He is a professor of microbiology in the Department of Endodontics and the Dows Institute for Dental Research. Dr. Drake is the director of research for the Department of Endodontics.

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Major Research Program: Cariology/Microbiology
Satheesh Elangovan Satheesh Elangovan, B.D.S., DSc, DMSc
Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics

Dr. Elangovan joined the UI College of Dentistry Department of Periodontics in 2011 after completing his doctor of medical science at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and his postdoctoral research fellow at the Forsyth Institute, both in Boston.

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Major Research Program: Biomaterials Bone and Tissue Engineering
R. L. Ettinger Ronald L. Ettinger, B.D.S., M.D.S., D.D.Sc.
Professor, Department of Prosthodontics

Dr. Ettinger joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1973. He is professor in the Dows Institute for Dental Research and Department of Prosthodontics.

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Major Research Program: Cariology/Microbiology
Julie A. Holloway Julie A. Holloway, D.D.S., M.S.
Professor and Head, Department of Prosthodontics

Dr. Holloway was a faculty member at Ohio State University College of Dentistry from 1993-2011. During this time, she was a faculty in the section of restorative dentistry and prosthodontics and director of the advanced prosthodontics graduate education program from 2009-2011. In 2011, Dr. Holloway joined the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. In 2012, she became head of the department.

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Major Research Program: Biomaterials Bone and Tissue Engineering
Liu Hong Liu Hong, MD, M.S., Ph.D
Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics

Dr. Hong joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2009. He is an associate professor in the Dows Institute for Dental Research and also in the Department of Prosthodontics. Prior to coming to Iowa, Dr. Hong was an assistant professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also director of the Stem Cells and Craniofacial Tissue Engineering Lab.

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Major Research Program: Biomaterials Bone and Tissue Engineering
Georgia K. Johnson Georgia K. Johnson, B.S., D.D.S., M.S.
Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics

Dr. Johnson joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1991 after serving on the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Dental College. In 1998, she became head of the Department of Periodontics. She is also a professor in the Dows Institute for Dental Research.

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Major Research Program: Biomaterials Bone and Tissue Engineering
John C. Keller John C. Keller, M.S., Ph.D.
Graduate College Dean and Professor

Dr. Keller joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1988. He is a professor in the Dows Institute for Dental Research and former director of the Implant Biomaterials Research Program. In 1998, he was appointed the associate dean of the University of Iowa Graduate College and he became dean and associate provost for graduate education in 2002.

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Major Research Program: Biomaterials Bone and Tissue Engineering
Justine Kolker Justine L. Kolker, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Operative Dentistry

Dr. Kolker joined The University of Iowa College of Dentistry faculty in 2005 after completing a research fellowship at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in oral science at Iowa as an NIDCR Dentist-Scientist. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry.

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Major Research Program: Epidemiology & Behavioral Research
Raymond A. Kuthy Raymond A. Kuthy, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. Kuthy joined The University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1999. He served as head of the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry from 1999 to 2006.

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Major Research Program: Epidemiology & Behavioral Research
Steven M. Levy Steven M. Levy, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Wright-Bush-Shreves Endowed Professor of Research, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. Levy joined the College of Dentistry in 1984. He is professor and asssociate director of the graduate program in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry and has an appointment in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health.

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Major Research Program: Epidemiology & Behavioral Research
Dr. Andrew C. Lidral Andrew C. Lidral, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Orthodontics

The focus of Dr. Lidral's research is craniofacial developmental genetics. Specifically, 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. Here in the U.S., most patients are treated in a clinical team setting to coordinate treatment based upon each individual's needs.

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Major Research Program: Craniofacial Anomalies Research
Teresa A. Marshall Teresa A. Marshall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry
Director of Experiential Learning

Dr. Marshall joined The University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1991. She is a registered dietitian and an assistant professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry.

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Major Research Program: Epidemiology & Behavioral Research
Susan C. McKernan Susan C. McKernan, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry

Dr. McKernan completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in dental public health at The University of Iowa in 2009 and 2012. In 2012, she joined the Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry as a visiting assistant professor.

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Major Research Program: Health Policy & Outcomes
Lina Moreno-Uribe Lina Moreno-Uribe, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics

Dr. Lina Moreno-Uribe joined the College of Dentistry in 2008 as an assistant professor in both the Department of Orthodontics and the Dows Institute for Dental Research.

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Major Research Program: Craniofacial Anomalies Research
Galen B. Schneider Galen B. Schneider, D.D.S., Ph.D, FACP
Executive Associate Dean
Professor, Department of Prosthodontics

Dr. Schneider joined the UI College of Dentistry in 1999. He served as Department of Prosthodontics chair from 2006-2011. Dr. Schneider is currently executive association dean, dean for faculty, and a professor in the Department of Prosthodontics with a joint appointment in the Dows Institute for Dental Research. In addition, he is a board-certified prosthodontist and is actively involved in patient care and teaching within the Department of Prosthodontics. His research focuses on bone cell biology as it relates to implant osseointegration and bone tissue engineering.

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Major Research Program: Biomaterials Bone and Tissue Engineering
Thomas E. Southard Thomas E. Southard, B.S., M.S., D.D.S.
Professor and Head, Department of Orthodontics

1990-present, University of Iowa; 1988-1990, University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee; 1984-1986, Naval Dental Research Institute, Great Lakes, Illinois; 1980-1984, Dental Officer, U.S. Navy Dental Corps, Guantanamo Bay, Cub

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Major Research Program: Biomaterials Bone and Tissue Engineering
Christopher A. Squier Christopher A. Squier, M.A., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.C.,
Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology & Medicine

Dr. Squier joined The University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1975. He is a professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology & Medicine, and director of graduate studies at the College of Dentistry.

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Major Research Program: Mucosa, Immunology & Oral Cancer
Sreedevi Srinivasan Sreedevi Srinivasan, B.D.S., Sc.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics

Dr. Srinivasan received her B.D.S. from Ragas Dental College and Hospital in 2004. In 2008, she received her Sc.D. from Boston University. She was a post- doctoral research fellow at Boston University from 2008-2009 and then completed a certificate in orthodontics and dento-facial orthopedics from Tufts University in 2012. She became an assistant professor in the Department of Orthodontics in 2013.

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Major Research Program: Craniofacial Anomalies Research
Marcos Vargas Marcos Vargas, B.D.B., D.D.S., M.S.
Professor, Department of Family Dentistry

Dr. Vargas joined the College of Dentistry as an assistant professor in 1994. He is now a professor in the Department of Family Dentistry.

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Major Research Program: Biomaterials Bone and Tissue Engineering
John J. Warren John J. Warren, D.D.S., M.S.
Professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. Warren joined The University of Iowa College of Dentistry as a postdoctoral associate in 1991. He became an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Preventive & Community Dentistry in 1996. In 1999 he became full-time assistant professor in the department; he is now a professor. In 2010, Dr. Warren became director of the graduate program in dental public health.

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Major Research Program: Epidemiology & Behavioral Research
Karin Weber-Gasparoni Karin Weber-Gasparoni, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Head, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Director of the Infant Oral Health Program

Dr. Weber-Gasparoni is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Weber-Gasparoni is the director of the Infant Oral Health Program.

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Major Research Program: Epidemiology & Behavioral Research
Philip W. Wertz Philip W. Wertz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine

Dr. Wertz joined The University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1990. He is a professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, & Medicine and also the Dows Institute for Dental Research.

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Major Research Program: Mucosa, Immunology & Oral Cancer