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Research

Calogero Dolce, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Research Areas: Clinical and Basic Science

Bone remodeling during orthodontic tooth movement. Gene activation in osteoblasts in response to mechanical stimulation. Facial growth in children with cleft lip and palate. E-mail Address: cdolce@dental.ufl.edu

Shannon Holliday. Ph.D.

Research Areas: Basic Science

Activation of osteoclastic bone resorption. Structure, transport, and function of vacuolar H+ ATPase. Cytoskeletal dynamics in osteoclasts. MicroRNAs and RNA interference in dental physiology and pathophysiology. E-mail Address: sholliday@dental.ufl.edu

Sue McGorray, Ph.D.

Research Areas: Clinical Science

Statistical analysis of orthodontic outcome measures. Cost-effectiveness analysis. Biases in treatment decisions. Evaluating missing data in clinical studies. E-mail Address: spmcg@biostat.ufl.edu

John Neubert, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Research Areas: Clinical and Basic Science

Investigation of inflammatory and neuropathic mechanisms relating to peripheral pain. Other interests include translating these laboratory findings into therapeutics for chronic pain sufferers and developing a collaborative network of research relating to temporomandibular joint disorders and other orofacial pain disorders. E-mail Address: jneubert@dental.ufl.edu

Timothy Wheeler, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Research Areas: Clinical and Basic Science

Orthodontic treatment outcomes. Orthodontic tooth movement. E-mail Address: twheeler@dental.ufl.edu

Charles Widmer, D.D.S., M.S.

Research Areas: Clinical and Basic Science

Motor control mechanisms for jaw muscles. Jaw and trigeminofacial reflexes. Research diagnostic criteria for temporomandibular disorders and other orofacial pain conditions. Nerve-muscle interactions during jaw muscle development. Biological basis for masticatory muscle pain. E-mail Address: widmer@dental.ufl.edu

Robert Yezierski, Ph.D.

Research Areas: Basic Science

Pain mechanisms related to the effects of age on pain sensitivity; the role of changes in immune function, HPA axis, and different transmitter systems on varying sensitivity to pain in animals of different ages. How these changes are affected during normal aging, under pathological conditions and during conditions of stress are also being investigated. Interest is in evaluating these changes using complex behavioral assessment strategies that involve cortical processing and decision making; plasticity and glia responses to acute and chronic pain conditions at different ages and the impact of cytokines and other inflammatory molecules in the development of chronic pain conditions. E-mail Address: ryezierski@dental.ufl.edu