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 17 years experience, he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate 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, including the ‘Nirbhaya’ case. 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 43 journal articles, 34 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.
Dr. Veerasathpurush Allareddy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at College of Dentistry - The University of Iowa.
Training: Dentistry, Biomedical Research, Bioengineering, Pathology
Postdoctoral: TGF-beta, wound healing, regeneration, radiation biology, light biology, stem cells, biomaterial, Lasers.
Current: Clinical translational research and molecular mechanism.
Positions: Past-President, NAALT; President-Elect WALT, Co-Chair SPIE, Chair, ASLMS
Interests: Signal Transduction, Lasers, Biological regulation, Photobiomodulation.
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.
Professor of Dental Public Health in Alexandria University, Egypt.
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).
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.
I am a Professor of Paediatric Dentistry with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. My core area of work in Dentistry is Early Childhood Caries epidemiology. I also engage in research on tooth eruption, dental anomalies and dental anxiety management. I conduct work in bioethics with focus on community engagement with research. I also work in the HIV and AIDS field promoting access of adolescents to biomedical HIV prevention tools, advocating for policies and programs that improve access, and facilitating the translation of research to policies and programs.
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.
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.
Dean, Alfarabi Private College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Professor of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in the Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University.
President of the Saudi Board of Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Orthopedics. President of the Saudi Orthodontic Society. Director of the Dentofacial Deformities and Cleft Lip and Palate Research Group at KAU.
Obtained a PhD in Cell Biology, a Certificate of Orthodontics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master degree in Medical Education form Maastricht University.
Areas of Recherch Interest: Clinical Research in Orthodontics, Biomaterials in Dentistry, Systematic Reviews, Cleft Lip and Palate, Drug delivery and Bone induction and oral health related quality of life research.
I received my MSc. Degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India in 2007 on understanding the role of TBP associated factor 9 (TAF9) in eukaryotic transcription. I completed my Ph.D. training in the laboratory of Prof. Paturu Kondaiah, in 2012, at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, on exploring the mechanism of precancerous oral lesion (OSF and Oral cancer) using gene expression profiling. I also worked on exploring the molecular mechanism of photo dynamic therapy agents in cancer cells. I did my first post doctorate in Dr. Praveen Arany’s lab at NIDCR, NIH on exploring the role of laser mediated phototoxicity involving ER stress and laser mediated wound healing. I am currently doing my second postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Patricia Steeg at NCI in NIH, on exploring the molecular mechanism of metastasis suppressor gene, NM23 in breast cancer metastasis and its possible therapeutic applications.