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  • Ricardo P. Teles

    Senior Research Investigator, Department of Applied Oral Sciences
    Ricardo Teles is working to gain an understanding of the cause and develop a cure for periodontal disease. His research is grounded in patient care and he treats patients in both clinical studies and in Forsyth’s Faculty practice. “Periodontal disease is a human condition,” said Teles. “It...
  • Mary Tavares

    Senior Clinical Investigator, Department of Applied Oral Sciences
    Mary Tavares’ research is closely linked to Forsyth’s founding mission. With a focus on both clinical and public health research, Tavares is interested in bringing about policy change that has an impact on dental health. Her ultimate goal is to ensure better oral health and overall wellnes...
  • Jacqueline Starr

    Associate Member of the Staff, Department of Applied Oral Sciences
    Jackie Starr wears two hats, one as Director of Forsyth’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Core, and the other as a principal investigator. As Director of the core, she plays a key support role for much of Forsyth’s research. She helps Forsyth investigators design their research studies. She...
  • Bikul Das

    Associate Research Investigator, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Biomedical research and altruism are not often linked. Although altruism is considered a deep evolutionary mechanism of survival in microbial life, the characteristic has not yet been studied in human cells.  In fact, survival of the fittest is a concept that is far more prevalent. Bikul D...
  • Ricardo Battaglino

    Associate Member of the Staff, Department of Mineralized Tissue Biology
    Much of the work at Forsyth bridges oral health and overall health. With broad scientific connections and synergy between the mouth and the body’s response to bacteria, there is a great deal of overlap between oral and systemic health. Throughout the human body, complex systems communicate...
  • Hatice Hasturk

    Associate Member of Staff, Department of Applied Oral Sciences
    As a dentist and specialist (periodontist), Hatice Hasturk’s work mainly involves the oral cavity, but she is interested in much more than just improving dental care. She is working to understand the link between oral diseases and how they can affect the rest of the body.  Specifically, Ha...
  • Heike Boisvert

    Assistant Member of the Staff, Department of Microbiology
    With a focus on periodontal disease, Heike Boisvert is interested, on a molecular level, how bacteria communicate with human cells and what happens when they do. Boisvert’s research focuses on bacterial pathways and their interaction with host cell pathways. “Porphyromonas gingivalis (PG),...
  • Toshihisa Kawai

    Senior Member of the Staff and Chair, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Biological or physiological properties probably do not come to mind when the average person thinks about saliva. However, when it comes to gum disease, saliva may hold the key to creating a healthy mouth—one in which the good bacteria keep the bad bacteria in check. Toshihisa Kawai is inte...
  • Flavia Teles

    Associate Research Investigator, Department of Applied Oral Sciences
    Flavia Teles is working to answer a complex question.  What is the role of the uncultivated microbiota in the oral cavity?  Biofilms are responsible for most of the infections affecting the human body. However, they have been difficult to study because of the complexity of the microbial ec...
  • Mark Cayabyab

    Assistant Member of the Staff, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Mark Cayabyab’s research focuses on vaccine development, as well as the role of innate immunity in the induction of protective memory immune responses. The overall goal of this research is to develop effective vaccines against infectious diseases. Forsyth has long been a leader in infectio...
  • Nikos S. Soukos

    Founding Director of Applied Molecular Photomedicine Laboratory
    The Applied Molecular Photomedicine Laboratory (AMPL) was founded by Nikos Soukos at the Forsyth Institute in 2003. This is a translational research laboratory with strong collaborations with outstanding clinicians, scientists and engineers. The goal of AMPL is to develop novel light-guide...
  • Katherine P. Lemon

    Associate Member of the Staff, Department of Microbiology
    Bacteria live on us, “in” us, and on surfaces all around us. Katherine Lemon, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, is trying to figure out how the good bacteria in the nose and throat help keep the “bad” bacteria out or, at least, under control. In addition to her work in the lab at...
  • Megan Pugach

    Assistant Member of the Staff, Department of Mineralized Tissue Biology
    Many people, at one time or another, have a dream that involves their teeth disintegrating. This common dream is said to represent fears and anxiety.  For people with amelogenesis imperfecta (AI) this nightmare can become a reality. AI is actually a group of inherited developmental disorde...
  • J.Max Goodson

    Senior Member of the Staff, Department of Applied Oral Health Sciences
    Around the world, obesity and related health conditions are on the rise.  Currently, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  Many complex factors contribute to this epidemic. Psychology, nutrition, exercise, sleep and possibly even microbiology play a role.  Thi...
  • Thomas E. Van Dyke

    Senior Member of Staff, Chair, Department of Applied Oral Health Sciences
    When Tom Van Dyke was asked what future innovation at Forsyth would spark an invitation to give a TED Talk, he had an interesting answer. “We’d be invited for doing one thing but the real breakthrough− and our message−would be something else entirely.  We’d be asked to speak if we eradicat...
  • Markus Hardt

    Assistant Member of the Staff, Department of Applied Oral Sciences
    Markus Hardt studies the molecular mechanisms of disease, with the goal of finding pathways that lead to new diagnostics and therapeutics. Hardt is particularly interested in cancer pain. Effective treatment of pain remains a critical unmet goal in cancer therapy. Increased life expectanci...
  • Pramod M. Soparkar

    Assistant Director of Clinical Investigation, Department of Applied Oral Sciences
    For almost 30 years, Pramod (Bob) Soparkar has been bringing Forsyth’s expertise to bear in the Middle East, while setting the paradigm for children’s oral health in Kuwait. In the 1980s, Soparkar and his colleagues at Forsyth were invited to Kuwait to establish a comprehensive oral health...
  • Susan Rittling

    Senior Research Investigator, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Root canals, which treat endodontic infections, are one of the most common dental procedures. Yet, up to 15% of root canals fail, and patients require retreatment, or tooth replacement.  Susan Rittling is trying to understand why these infections are so difficult to treat and to ultimately...
  • Kerry Maguire

    Associate Clinical Investigator, Department for Applied Oral Sciences
    Kerry Maguire’s work links The Forsyth Institute’s past with its future. As the Program Director of ForsythKids, Maguire is on the front line delivering dental care to underserved children. The program is a two-way street, with ForsythKids delivering community-based prevention based on res...
  • Hajime Sasaki

    Assistant Member of the Staff, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Americans spend over $100 billion each year on dental care. Two of the most costly conditions, with equally devastating health effects, are gum diseases and endodontic infections. More than 25 million root canals (the treatment for endodontic infections) are conducted each year in the Unit...
  • Jacques Izard

    Associate Member of the Staff, Department of Microbiology
    It has been an exciting decade in the world of microbiology. The microbiome is frequently written about in the mainstream media—we know much more about the ecology of the microorganisms that live within and on us than ever before.   Forsyth’s work with the oral microbiome is providing new...
  • Alpdogan Kantarci

    Associate Member of the Staff, Department of Applied Oral Sciences
    Through the integration of clinical and laboratory research, Alpdogan (Alp) Kantarci focuses on helping people live healthier lives with healthy mouths. “I see patients in the clinic, and when I work in the laboratory, I am keeping those patients front and center,” said Kantarci. “How can...
  • Anne C.R. Tanner

    Senior Member of the Staff, Department of Microbiology
    Anne Tanner is a Forsyth dentist/microbiologist whose research interests have encompassed periodontal infections and dental caries (cavities). Her pivotal studies in anaerobic microbiology led to the description of several major periodontal pathogens including Bacteroides forsythus, which...
  • Bruce J. Paster

    Senior Member of the Staff and Chair, Department of Microbiology
    The Paster lab provides researchers with a scientific “canary in a coal” mine. With a one-of-a-kind service, the Human Oral Microbe Identification Microarray (HOMIM - http://mim.forsyth.org), Bruce Paster is using technology to probe DNA samples to see if they contain healthy or potentiall...
  • Floyd Dewhirst

    Senior Member of the Staff, Department of Microbiology
    Floyd Dewhirst was deciphering the oral microbiome before the term microbiome was created.  Dewhirst’s primary research focus has been to define the diversity, genetic capability and pathogenic potential of organisms present in the human oral cavity. Dewhirst has used sequencing of the 16S...
  • Henry C. Margolis

    Senior Member of the Staff, Department of Applied Oral Health Sciences
    Henry Margolis has the ultimate goal of never seeing a filling in a tooth again. He envisions a future in which the tooth’s own enamel could be repaired naturally. “For the first time there is sufficient knowledge of enamel and its potential for regeneration,” says Margolis. Biomineralizat...
  • John D. Bartlett

    Senior Member of the Staff, Department of Mineralized Tissue Biology
    Dental enamel is the hardest substance produced by the human body, but does not start out that way. When it first begins forming on an un-erupted developing tooth, enamel tissue is as soft as cheese. As the enamel matures, it becomes progressively harder and ultimately develops into the ha...
  • Qing Yu

    Associate Member of the Staff, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Qing Yu is interested in understanding the immunological mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of several systemic autoimmune diseases that affect oral health, in order to develop effective and targeted therapeutic approaches for these diseases. One of her particular interests is the immu...
  • Antonio Campos-Neto

    Senior Member of the Staff, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Many people in the United States are under the impression that tuberculosis (TB) is no longer an epidemic—but they are mistaken. Antonio Campos-Neto won’t rest until this misconception becomes reality. Because existing diagnostic tests and treatments for TB are still precarious there are 9...
  • Gary Borisy

    Senior Research Investigator, Department of Microbiology
    A recent collaborator with scientists at Forsyth, Gary Borisy, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, joined the Department of Microbiology in 2013. Although much of his previous scientific work has focused on mammalian cells, Borisy has recently developed a unique methodology to si...
  • Margaret J. Duncan

    Senior Member of the Staff, Department of Microbiology
    Research in the Duncan lab focuses on how bacteria respond to environmental signals and become disease causing (‘pathogenic’).  Humans live peacefully with billions of microorganisms on and in their bodies. In reality, this benign coexistence is based on a dynamic and delicate equilibrium,...
  • Felicitas Bidlack

    Assistant Member of the Staff, Department of Mineralized Tissue Biology
    With a background in biology and anthropology, Felicitas Bidlack is interested in tooth formation, evolution, and the processes that drive mineral formation, and de-and re-mineralization of teeth. Her primary goal is to integrate her broad background into an interdisciplinary research appr...
  • Philip P. Stashenko

    Senior Member of the Staff, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    The Stashenko laboratory has long been at the forefront of research into how the immune and skeletal systems interact—the field of ‘osteoimmunology’.  Our immune system protects us against infectious diseases caused by bacteria and other agents.  However, this protection often comes at a c...
  • Tsute (George) Chen

    Associate Research Investigator, Department of Microbiology
    Scientific research today is truly interdisciplinary—computer science, statistics, mathematics and engineering all play an important role in the life sciences. Tsute Chen’s work illustrates how far research has evolved and its integration with different disciplines.  As Forsyth’s leading b...
  • Xiaozhe Han

    Assistant Member of the Staff, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Xiaozhe Han is interested in the host immune response in periodontal disease tissue destruction, particularly in the area of osteoimmunology, the interaction between the immune system and bone metabolism and its role in inflammatory bone destruction. He focuses on a specific immune cell su...
  • Jorge Frias-Lopez

    Associate Member of the Staff and Vice Chair, Department of Microbiology
    Jorge Frias-Lopez is a microbial ecologist. He joined Forsyth because he finds the mouth to be an ideal model for his work. “The mouth is easy to access and it has a highly complex ecology with broad implications for both dental and general health,” said Frias-Lopez. “Most importantly, man...
  • Mor-Li Hartman

    Associate Research Investigator, Department of Applied Oral Sciences
    The worldwide epidemic of obesity and type II diabetes has brought attention to the problems associated with metabolic diseases. These conditions have broad economic and health implications. With a firm background in biochemistry, cell biology and metabolic function, Mor-Li Hartman is focu...

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