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Jordan Roszhart and his mentor, Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, the Student Research Group Mentor of the Year     Nicole Krois with Kecia Leary

Drs. Satheesh Elangovan and Kecia Leary awared the 2019 Student Research Group Mentor of the Year


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)


endodontics research mentors
Dr. Huojun Cao Dr. Bruno Cavalcanti Dr. David Drake Dr. Fabricio Teixeira Dr. Anne Williamson



Family Dentistry

family dentistry research mentors
Dr. Christopher Barwacz Dr. Brian Howe Dr. Marcos Vargas



Operative Dentistry

operative research mentors
Dr. Steven Armstrong Dr. Justine Kolker Dr. Rodrigo Rocha Maia Dr. Erica Teixeira Dr. Cristina de Mattos Pimenta Vidal



Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

oral & maxillofacial surgery research mentors
Dr. Steven Fletcher Dr. Kirk Fridrich Dr. David Gratton Dr. Douglas Kendrick  



Oral Pathology, Radiology & Medicine

oral pathology, radiology & medicine research mentors
Ms. Karen Baker Dr. Azeez Butali Dr. Marcia Campos Dr. Alberto Gasparoni
Dr. Cindy Marek Dr. Saulo Sousa Melo  




orthodontics research mentors
Dr. Nathan Holton Dr. Lina Moreno Uribe Dr. Kyungsup Shin



Pediatric Dentistry

pediatric research mentors
Dr. Jeffrey Banas Dr. Deborah Dawson Dr. Matthew Geneser Dr. Kecia Leary
Dr. Tad Mabry Ms. Cathy Skotowski




peridontics research mentors
Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz Dr. Kim Brogden Dr. Satheesh Elangovan Eric Van Otterloo



Preventive & Community Dentistry

preventive research mentors
Dr. Daniel Caplan Dr. Hong Chen Dr. Xi Chen Dr. Peter Damiano Dr. Raymond Kuthy
Dr. Steven Levy Dr. Leonardo Marchini Dr. Teresa Marshall Dr. Susan McKernan Dr. Michelle McQuistan
Dr. Fang Qian Dr. Julie Reynolds Dr. John Warren    




prosthodontics research mentors
Dr. Isabelle Denry Dr. Julie Holloway Dr. Liu Hong Dr. Galen Schneider Salahaldeen Abuhammoud


  Current Mentors outside the College of Dentistry
Consultation & Research Medical Education - Dr. Patrick Barlow
Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory - Dr. Donald Anderson