Lemos Receives $2.5 Million Grant from NIDCR

Dr. Jose Lemos
José A. Lemos earned his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2000. His laboratory investigates the stress survival mechanisms of Firmicutes with a particular focus on S. mutans and Enterococcus faecalis.

José Lemos, Ph.D., an associate professor of oral biology, received a five-year, $2.5 million grant renewal for the UF College of Dentistry T90/R90 Comprehensive Training Program in Oral Biology. The program has a long and successful tradition of preparing the next generation of oral health researchers for a career in academic dentistry.

The program delivers an extensive breadth and depth of training to basic and clinician scientists in multiple areas that are designated as high priority by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, or NIDCR. Areas of scientific focus include the human microbiome, oral infectious diseases, mechanistic connections between oral and systemic health, virology, salivary gland biology, autoimmunity, bone biology, head and neck cancers, computational biology, biomedical engineering, stem cell biology, and many more.

Eligible trainees include traditional PhD students conducting oral health-related research, dual-degree candidates in the DMD-PhD program, post-doctoral scientists (T90; PhD, DMD/DDS-PhD, DMD/DDS), and non-permanent resident DMD-PhD holders seeking advanced post-doctoral training (R90).

Lemos is the program director and principal investigator and Mary Ellen Davey, Ph.D., an associate professor and interim chair of oral biology, is the associate director of the T90/R90.