Current Students and Residents

2008 Research Presentations

Faculty/Student Abstracts

Osteogenic Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Vitro
Nicholas Bauter, Manal Abu Al-Melh, Kimberly Mahood and Mirek Tolar

Treatment Timing and Profile Cephalometrics Comparison: Early vs. Deferred Treatment
L. Farhang-Azad, L. Zokaei, L. Chun, R., R. Matin, H.S. Oh and Sheldon Baumrind

Reduced Folate Carrier Gene Polymorphism in Six Orofacial Cleft Samples
Maybelle Gomez, Marie Toralova, Nicholas Bauter, Sheetal Patil, Jan Komura, Waleed Soliman, Andrea Delurgio, Partha Mishra and Mirek Tolar

Recurrence Risk For Siblings of Cleft Lip/Palate Probands in Guatemala
Jan Komura, Midori Obara, Marie Toralova, Tripti Pawar and Mirek Tolar

Surivin Promoter-Driven Gene Expression in Cancer and Non-Cancer Cells
Krystyna Konopka, Christopher Spain, Allison Yen, Nathan Overlid, Senait Gebremedhin and Nejat Düzgünes

Development of a Tar Minimal Promoter to Express Luciferase and a Suicide Gene In HIV-Infected Cells
Matthew Milnes, Veeral Shaw, Jack Nguyen, Peiti Su, Doreen Toy, Michael Yee, Senait Gebremedhin, Krystyna Konopka and Nejat Düzgünes

Epidemiology of Cleft Lip and Palate in Karaikal, India
Partha Mishra, Marcus Kai, Tripti Pawar, Mirek Tolar and Marie Tolarova

Co-Culture of Odonblasts and Osteoblasts in a Model for Periapical Tissue Repair
Connie Oh, Mirek Tolar and Ove A. Peters

No Association of MTHFR 677ct and Cleft Lip/Palate in Karaikal, India
Sheetal Patil, Tripti Pawar, Marie Toralova, Maybelle Gomez, Jan Komura, Nicholas Bauter, Andrea Delurgio, Waleed Soliman, Anjana Lal, Partha Mishra, Marcus Kai, Manai Abu Al-Melh, and Mirek Tolar

Clinical Application Of Micro-Computed Tomography: Diagnostic Value In Endodontic Surgery
Christine I. Peters, Bruce B. Fogel and Ove A. Peters

Evaluation of Rotary Root Canal Instruments: Preparation Quality and Fracture Mechanisms
Ove A. Peters

Direct Measurement of Electrical and Drag Forces on Colloidal Particles by Optical Trapping Electrophoresis
Brian Todd and Joel Cohen

Adult Stem Cells in Regenerative Dentistry
Mirek Tolar, Ove Peters, Anders Nattestad, Bahram Javid, Robert Ahlstrom, Robert Boyd, Kimberly Mahood, Waleed Soliman, Manal Abu Al-Melh, Josh Berd, Jefferey Takai, Brent DeLong and Connie Oh

Orthodontics Resident Presentations

Cleft Lip and Palate Anomaly and TGFB3 RS2268625 C/T Polymorphism
Alia Al-Jabeiti, Mirek Tolar, Reem Salahuddin, Maybelle Gomez, Nicholas Bauter, Jan Komura, Manal Abu Al-Melh, Andrea DeLurgio, Waleed Soliman, Partha Mishra, Sheetal Patil and Marie Tolarova

Genetic Study of Maxillary Midline Diastema
Shawna Heetland, Kelly Heetland and Marie Tolarova

TGFB3 RS2300607 A/T Polymorphism and Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and Palate
Reem Salahuddin, Alia Al-Jabeti, Maybelle Gomez, Mirek Tolar, Nicholas Bauter, Jan Komura, Sheetal Patil, Manal Abu Al-Melh, Andrea DeLurgio, Waleed Soliman, Parhta Mishra and Marie Toralova

Senior Research Competition Presentations

Pilot Study of the MTHR 677CT Gene Polymorphisms and Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and Palate in Guatemala
Mathue Faulkner, Andrea DeLurgio, Mirek Tolar, Maybelle Gomez, Nicholas Bauter, Sheetal Patil, Jan Komura, Partha Mishra, Kimberly Mahood, Manal Abu Al-Melh, Mohamed Alassuty, Bahareh, Arshdeep Kaur and Marie Tolarova

Folate Receptor Mediated Gene Delivery to Oral Cancer Cells|lmiraGederi, Nate Overlid, Krystyna Konopka and Nejat Düzgünes

Cleft Lip and Palate and MSX1 Ca-Repeats Polymorphism
Blake Kitamura, Aaron McDonough, Mirek Tolar, Jan Komura, Nicholas Bauter, Sheetal Patil, Maybelle Gomez, Manal Abu Al-Melh, Partha Mishra, and Marie Tolarova

Inhibition of HIV Envelope Glycoprotein-Mediated Syncytia Formation by Lectins
Andrew Michael, Nate Ovelid, Krystyna Konopka and Nejat Düzgünes

Determination of Bacterial Growth After Ultrasonically Irrigated Canals: A Pilot Study
Nicklaus Morton and Ove Peters

Gender Differences in the Effects of Diabetes on Endothelium-Dependent Vasodilatation in the Rat Submandibular Gland
Nicole Sakai, Bryce Williams, Dan Witcher, Roshanak Rahimian and Leigh Anderson

Shear Bond Strength (SBS) Between Stainless Steel Crown Material and Flowable Composite Using A Self-Etching Bonding Agent
Shana Van Cleave, Karen A. Schulze and Stephanie Vu

Salivary Glands in Health and Disease: The Submandibular Gland as a Model for Studying Endthelial Dysfunct In Diabetes
Dan Witcher, Nicole Sakai, Bryce Williams, Roshanak Rahimian and Leigh Anderson

Fracture Strengths of All-Ceramic Post and Cores
Daryl Dudum, Karen Schulze

2nd Year Student Research Competition

Perspectives On and Usage Parameters of Nickel Titanium Rotary Root Canal Instruments: A Survey
David Bird and Ove A. Peters

The Eruption Patterns of the Mandibular Teeth Between the Ages of 8.5 and 15.5 Years
Cabot Denny, Christopher Oviedo, Tyson Davis, Hee Soo Oh and Sheldon Baumrind

Epidemiology of Cleft Lip and Palate in San Salvador- Part 1: Age of Mothers of Children with Nonsyndromic Clefts
Silas Dudley, Stephanie Moniz, Marcus Kai, Patha Mishra, Anjana Lal and Marie Tolarova

Correlations Between Facial Photographic Measurements and Ranking of Facial Attractiveness
Justin Hannon, Stephanie Hannon, Beth Yamashiro, Michael Nguyen, Hee Soo Oh and Sheldon Baumrind

Expression of Inflammatory Ctyokines by THP-1 Monocytic Cells Exposed to Porphyromonas gingivalis
Andrew Kim, Michael Yee, Krystyna Konopka, Nejat Düzgünes and Tamer Alpagot

Shear Bond Strength (SBS) Between Glass-Ionomer Cement and Composite and Composite Resin Restorative Materials
George Kohout, Brinda Kansagra and Karen A. Schulze

The Role of the MSX1 Gene Polymorphism in the Etiology of Cleft Lip and Palate
Jordan A. Lamberton and Jan Yamashiro

Cell Biological Basis for the Highly Variable Transfection of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cells by Non-Viral Vectors
Cassidy Lavorini-Doyle, Senait Gebremedhin, Krystyna Konopka and Nejat Düzgünes

Enhancement of Metafectene Pro-Mediated Gene Delivery to Oral Cancer Cells by Transferrin and Epidermal Growth Factor
Jason Ouellette, Senait Gebremedhin, Krystyna Konopka and Nejat Düzgünes

Feasibility Study on the Use of Saliva Collected During A Dental Mission in Peru for DNA Analysis
Robert J. Passamano, Silas D. Dudley and Marie Tolarova

Effects on Gender on Vascular Responses to Sympathetic Stimulation in the Rat Submandibular Gland
Beau Ulrich, Craig Andersen, Raja Shah and Leigh Anderson

Effects of Amphotericin B, Nystatin and Fluconazole on Biofilms of Candida Albicans
Julian Wilson, Senait Gebremedhin, Nejat Düzgünes and Krystyna Konopka

Comparison of Arch Dimensional Measures Between the Early and Deferred Treatment Groups
Beth Yamashiro, Michael Nguyen, Justin Hannon, Hee Soo Oh and Sheldon Baumrind

IDS Student Presentations

ART (Atraumatic Restorative Technique) — Literature Review
A. Alnatour, K. Dhir, A. Groom, R .Lubman, G. Aron and N.Santucci

Changes In Coronal Root Canal Morphology After Preparation with LightSpeed MRX and ProTaper
Ahmad Alnatour and Ove A. Peters

The Nanocomposite Adventure
Bibiana Barerra de Elneser, Edgar Mafla, Shruti Kane and Shashi Khosla

Post And Core: An Option for Endodontically Treated Teeth
Imelda Crews, Paula Fedler, Carla Schmidl, Simona Trofimov, Tatiana Trott and Gabriella Aron

Tooth Color Shade Matching
Swati Pappu, Vijay Vaddadi Satya, Sukhbir Kolar and Laura Reid

LAVA and CEREC CAD/CAM Technologies — A Comparison
Dalia Rashdan Mohamed, Erum Makhani, Leena Tolani, Simona Trofimov, Andriy Kulyk and Dudley Chu

Dental Hygiene Student Presentations

Oral Hygiene Instruction and Cerebral Palsy
Cassondra Blair, Kari Prettyman and Mahanaz Tayarani

Knowledge of Preschool Parents and Teachers on Fluoride Varnish
Christine Crosbie, Hilary Lamb, Lindsay Lavassani and Laura Moon

The Prevention of Tobacco Use in Adolescents
Bethany Quiring, Harmeet Singh, Elana Mueller and Justine Marie Talag

Periodontal Disease, Pregnancy, and Prevention
Ashley Reitz and Shabnam Sharifi

What Type of Toothpaste Should I Use?: Making Appropriate Professional Recommendations
Heather Steich