2009 Student Summer Research Program

2009 Student Summer Research Program  2009 Student Summer Research Program
May 29 through August 3

How did you spend your summer vacation? Do you have memories of the scent of Coppertone and the grit of sand between toes? Not the participants in the 2009 University of Florida College of Dentistry Student Summer Research Program. Instead they recall things like Gingival RAGE Expression, Host-parasite Interaction and the Floor-of-mouth Tumor Model.

For 11 incoming DMD freshman who are part of the Class of 2013, this summer was all about participating in a structured research program under the mentorship of a faculty member.

The program began in 1995 and provides incoming freshmen dental students with an interest in research an opportunity to complete a ten-week research project under the direction of a faculty member, and receive three elective credit hours in the fall. Since its inception, the program has been well received by both student and faculty participants.

2009 Student Summer Research Program  Students go on to participate in local, national and international dental research meetings; some of the abstracts will be refined and submitted to the American and/or International Association of Dental Research for presentation at their annual meeting.  Many students over the years have gone on to participate in research during their four years in school and beyond.

Timing Effects of Systemic Antibiotics in Aggressive Periodontitis Treatment
D. Beliveau*, S.M. Wallet, I. Magnusson, I. Aukhil, and L.M. Shaddox
Mentor: Dr. Luciana M. Shaddox, Department of Periodontology

Optimization of a Human Oral Cancer Floor-of-mouth Tumor Model in Mice
H. Boone*, A. Jakymiw, N. Deming, R. Patel, and E.K.L. Chan
Mentor: Dr. Edward K.L. Chan, Department of Oral Biology

MicroRNA Regulation of ASC in Immunologically Active Human Monocytes
A. Corsaro*, K. Pauley, and S. Cha
Mentor: Dr.Seunghee Cha, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences

Xerostomia and Oral Habits in Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis
D.H. Dau*, D.W. Theriaque, C. Wang, J.J. Shuster, and L. Baccaglini
Mentor: Dr. Lorena Baccaglini, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science

In vivo Role of Porphyromonas gingivalis SerB653, a Phosphoserine Phosphatase Mutant, in Periodontal Disease
C.L. Eastman*, R.K. Verma, B. Bainbridge, B.R. Yehia, R. Lamont, and L. Kesavalu
Mentor: Dr. Kesavalu Lakshmyya, Department of Periodontology

2009 Student Summer Research Program  Role of the Endogenous Opioid System Underlying Modulation of Experimental Pain
S. El-Sherbini*, C. King, N. Gravenstein, and J. Riley
Mentor: Dr. Joseph L. Riley, III, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science

Gingival RAGE Expression of Calorie Restricted vs. Ad Libitum Rats
M. Elios*, S. Wallet, E. Bimstein, J. Aris, L. Kesavalu, and J. Katz
Mentor:  Dr. Joseph Katz, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

RAGE and the Epithelial Cell
S. Landrian* and S. Wallet
Mentor: Dr. Shannon Wallet, Department of Periodontology

Determinants of Pain Responses in Temporomandibular Muscle and Joint Disorder
C.J. Monford*, S. Wallet, R.B. Fillingim, and M.C. Ribeiro-Dasilva
Mentor: Dr. Roger Fillingim, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science

Biofilm Challenged Human Oral Keratinocytes: Host-parasite Interaction  
S. Nofallah*, S. Wallet, J. Mans, and C. Walker
Mentor: Dr. Clay Walker, Department of Oral Biology

The Role of MazEF and RelBE in Streptococcus mutans Stress-tolerance  
D.N. Ramos Vega*, B. Korithoski, and R.A. Burne
Mentor: Dr. Robert Burne, Department of Oral Biology