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Find a Mentor

Erica Recker with her mentors, Dr. Kim Brogden and Dr. Satheesh Elangovan

Erica Recker (as a D1) with her mentors, Dr. Kim Brogden and Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, at the Iowa AADR Local Research Day on February 11, 2014.


Dental students who are interested in research should consider two questions before scheduling an appointment with a possible mentor: What type of research interests you?  Which faculty member might be an appropriate mentor for you?  The following faculty members are either currently serving as mentors or have agreed to list their names as possible mentors.  Students interested in research should contact the mentor directly.  If a faculty mentor is unable to take new students, it may be necessary to discuss alternate possibilities with other faculty members who are working in related areas.  Possible mentors are not limited to the following list; any University faculty member who is involved in research may serve as a mentor for a dental student's research project.

Faculty who would like to have their names added to this list or who would like to update their listing should contact Lynn Schaul by phone at (319) 335-7404 or e-mail at


(Click on a photo to view the mentor's profile)

Dr. David Drake Dr. Fabricio Teixeira Dr. Anne Williamson


Family Dentistry
Dr. Christopher BarwaczDr. Cheryl Straub-MorarendDr. Marcos VargasDr. Richard Williamson


Operative Dentistry
Dr. Steven ArmstrongDr. Gerald DenehyDr. Justine KolkerDr. So Ran KwonDr. Rodrigo MaiaDr. Erica Teixeira


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Kirk Fridrich


Oral Pathology, Radiology & Medicine
Dr. Karen BakerDr. Azeez ButaliDr. Alberto Gasparoni Dr. John Hellstein Dr. Cindy MarekDr. Carrie McKnight Dr. Christopher SquierDr. Sherry Timmons Dr. Steven Vincent Dr. Philip Wertz


image of Dr. Veerasathpurush Allareddy image of Dr. Nathan Holton Dr. Andrew LidralDr. Lina Moreno UribeDr. Thomas SouthardDr. Sreedevi SrinivasanDr. Robert Staley


Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Jeffrey BanasDr. Deborah DawsonDr. Matthew Geneser Dr. Michael Kanellis Dr. Arwa Owais Ms. Cathy Skotowski  Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni


Dr. Gustavo Avila OrtizDr. Kim BrodgenDr. Satheesh ElangovanMs. Nancy Slach


Preventive & Community Dentistry
Dr. Dan Caplan Dr. Peter Damiano Dr. Nidhi Handoo Dr. Raymond Kuthy Dr. Steven Levy Dr. Leonardo Marchini Dr. Teresa Marshall Dr. Susan McKernan Dr. Michelle McQuistan Dr. Keri Collision StahleDr. John Warren


Dr. Isabelle DenryDr. Ronald EttingerDr. David GrattonDr. Liu HongDr. Terry LindquistDr. Peter LundDr. Galen Schneider Dr. Ghadeer Thalji


Potential and Current Mentors Outside the College of Dentistry
Biochemistry - Dr. Miles Pufall
Biochemistry - Dr. Marc Wold
Chemistry - Dr. Hien Nguyen
Health Management & Policy - Dr. George Wehby
Mechanical Engineering - Dr. Hongtao Ding