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Ashith B Acharya

Dr. Ashith B. Acharya is an Australia-trained forensic odontologist – having completed his Bachelor’s degree in dentistry in 1999 and his postgraduation in 2001 – and heads India’s first exclusive department of forensic odontology in SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka. With over 18 years academic experience, he teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and serves as a consultant in forensic dental, anthropological, and archeological cases referred by the police, government agencies and forensic medical experts from across India. He is a founder-member of the Indian Association of Forensic Odontology and currently its Secretary. He is an editorial board member/reviewer in several national and international journals; he has served as a member of the International Organisation for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology’s Age Estimation Workgroup and is currently on its Bite Marks Workgroup. He has published 45 journal articles, 35 of which have appeared in top international forensic and dental journals; he has also contributed to government reports, and chapters on forensic odontology to eminent textbooks such as Shafer’s Textbook of Oral Pathology.

Mohammad Khursheed Alam

Dr. M.K. Alam is a Professor, Orthodontics (since September 29, 2021), Associate Professor (October 2016 to September 2021), and HEAD Preventive Dentistry Department (August 2017 to September 2020), College of Dentistry, Jouf University and former Orthodontist at Orthodontic Unit, School of Dental Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia (5.6 years), HEAD and Assistant Professor, at Department of Orthodontics, Bangladesh Dental College, Dhaka University (3.1 years). He received his dentistry training at the University of Dhaka (2001) and his Ph.D. in Orthodontics from Hokkaido University, Japan (March 2008). His H index is 30 and RG score is 43. He has supervised more than 25 MSc, MOMSurg, and Ph.D. students as a main and co-guide. Currently, he is the supervisor for more than 6 postgraduate students at the school of dental sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia with both national and international platforms. He has both academic and clinical lead for orthodontics; with more than 800 publications and authors for plenty of books and chapters. He is a member of the Editorial and Review Board of many International and National Journals. He has been the invited speaker at several university orthodontic departments and guest speaker at lectures and courses worldwide.

Veerasathpurush Allareddy

Dr. Veerasathpurush Allareddy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at College of Dentistry - The University of Iowa.

Rafael Reimann Baptista

Rafael Reimann Baptista, PhD, is a Full Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil. He is also member of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics. Professor Baptista completed his PhD in Human Movement Sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 2011. Professor Baptista maintains active membership of numerous professional and academic societies. In 2012, he was awarded by the Young PhD grant by the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS), Brazil. In 2017, he was the President of the XVII Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics, supported by the National Council for Scientific and Technological (CNPQ), the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, and the Coordination of Superior Level Staff Improvement (CAPES). Professor Baptista sits on the editorial board for the Frontiers in Physiology as Associate Editor in Exercise Physiology and at the Editorial Board of PeerJ Life and Environment, and has published 78 papers including 30 in international peer-reviewed journals according to Scopus, with a 9 h-index. He is a frequent invited keynote speaker at academic conferences and educational events across Brazil and South America. He works in exercise physiology and biomechanics, with an emphasis in the clinical aspects of gait in older adults. He coordinates the Physical Activity Research and Evaluation Laboratory (LAPAFI) at the School of Health and Life Sciences at PUCRS.

Robert Druzinsky

I am an evolutionary biologist and functional morphologist with diverse interests. My major focus is on the evolution of the masticatory apparatus of mammals, particularly rodents. I am also working on an anatomy ontology for muscles of the head and neck in tetrapods. I also study the biomechanics of teeth, as well as the neurophysiology of mastication.

Theodore Eliades

Theodore Eliades is Professor and Director of the Clinic of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Director of Research, and Interim Director of the Institute of Oral Biology at the Center of Dental Medicine, University of Zurich. He graduated from the School of Dentistry, University of Athens, Greece, and completed the Orthodontic postgraduate program of the Ohio State University under Ze’ev Davidovitch. He earned a Master of Science degree from the Ohio State University, a doctorate in medical sciences from the University of Athens, School of Medicine, and a PhD in Biomaterials with Prof. D.C. Watts from the University of Manchester.

His research has generated over 200 papers and 45 book chapters, which have received ca 7000 citations and an h index of 45 (google scholar). He has edited 11 textbooks published by major houses, some translated into 5 languages, and has co-supervised more than 25 doctorates and 30 Master’s at the Universities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Marquette, Manchester, Bonn and Zurich. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and the first dentist who was awarded the Fellowship grade of membership from both, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Institute of Physics (UK).

Shahroo Etemad-Moghadam

Associate Professor at Dental Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
DDS, MS, Observer at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Washington D.C.
Associate Editor/Editorial Board: Frontiers in Dentistry, BMC Cancer.
Research Interests: Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Angiogenesis, Odontogenic Benign and Malignant Lesions, Cellular and Molecular interactions in Cancer

Imran Farooq

Dr. Imran Farooq’s research interests include dental biomaterials and their application in remineralizing enamel and treating dentin hypersensitivity.

Daniel Fischer

I studied Statistics and Computer Sciences at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. During that time, my interest was particularly in mathematical statistics with a focus on high-dimensional extensions of the univariate median. After graduating, I moved to Tampere, Finland and completed my PhD in at the University of Tampere in Biostatistics with minor Bioinformatics.

While still being enrolled as PhD student at the University I started to work as a researcher in Bioinformatics at the MTT, Jokioinen, Finland. Since 2015 I am working at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) where I finalized my PhD.

My published articles in peer-reviewed journals cover a wide range of applications as well as statistical theory. My areas of expertise are target gene detection, biomarker identification and novel gene detection with a special focus on long non-coding RNAs. Further, I have experiences in the development of statistical methods for DE testing as well as deriving novel non-parametrical tests for (e)QTL analyses. I published and maintain currently six R-packages, i.e. for (e)QTL testing, cross-species ortholog detection and dimension reduction methods.

Melissa M Grant

Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK
Co-lead for the Periodontal Research Group (PRG)

Melissa graduated in 1997 with a BSc in Biochemistry and immediately took up a CASE Award (Du Pont) PhD in the laboratories of Dr Dennis Briggs, studying enzymes involved in the germination of wheat grain. These enzymes would ultimately be exploited in the improvement of animal feeds and in bread baking, allowing bread to rise more and yield a ‘fluffier’ loaf.

She was introduced to the field of proteomic research at the end of her PhD and subsequently went on to set up the proteomic laboratory of Prof Helen Griffiths at Aston University. Leading on from her interests in nutrition Melissa investigated the effects of vitamins C, E and folate on human health and disease, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart diseases. She analysed both human plasma samples and cell culture derived samples, generating a number of papers during this post doctoral research.

In 2005 she joined the School of Dentistry's Periodontal Research Group at the University of Birmingham as lead postdoctoral fellow on projects to assess how micronutrients could be used to improve oral health. She was appointed as lecturer in 2011 in Biological Sciences and has office and laboratory space in both the schools of dentistry and biosciences.

Naoto Haruyama

Associate professor, Section of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University, Japan.
Received his D.D.S (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) in Dentistry from Tohoku University, Japan.
Postdoc at NIDCR/NIH in the U.S. from 2004-2007.
Physician Scientist for patients with cleft lip/palate and/or other congenital anomalies.
Research: biomineralization, extracellular matrix proteins in teeth, tooth movement, and congenital anomalies.