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Faculty Excellence

School of Dentistry faculty actively contribute to the research mission of UMMC. The Office of Research is proud to recognize their accomplishments.

Excellence in Research

Since 2000, the Excellence in Research Awards Program has recognized UMMC investigators who have attracted significant extramural funding and who have advanced science through their distinctive research programs. Medallion Awards are based on the total amount of extramural funding received by the investigator for his/her original research. The School of Dentistry winners are as follows:

Platinum Medallion - $5,000,000 total

  • Jason A. Griggs, PhD - 2020 

Gold Medallion - $1,000,000 total

  • Karen Crews, DMD - 2000
  • Lyle Zardiackas, PhD - 2000
  • Aaron Puckett, Jr., PhD - 2001
  • William Buchanan, DDS - 2002
  • Jason A. Griggs, PhD - 2009
  • Amol V. Janorkar, PhD - 2018
  • Michael D. Roach, PhD - 2021

Silver Medallion - $500,000 total

  • Aaron Puckett Jr., PhD - 2000
  • Amol V. Janorkar, PhD - 2014
  • Yuanyuan Duan, PhD - 2020
  • Michael D. Roach, PhD - 2021

Bronze Medallion - $250,000 total

  • Denise Krause, PhD - 2010
  • Amol V. Janorkar, PhD - 2011
  • Michael D. Roach, PhD - 2016 
  • R. Scott Williamson, PhD - 2021 

Faculty publications

Dissemination of the results of research is a primary obligation of the research scientist or clinician, with peer-reviewed journals the major vehicle. Accordingly, the Office of Research would like to recognize the excellent research being done in the School of Dentistry by focusing on faculty members' activity in publishing their findings.

Faculty publication records

Cumulative publications  (as of Dec. 31, 2021)

2Jason Griggs78
3Amol Janorkar69
4Yuanyuan Duan54
5Michael Roach49
6William Buchanan29
7Scott Williamson29
8Niping Wang 25
9Adam Alexander23
10Susana Salazar Marocho19

*Bold print signifies an NIH Early Stage Investigator

Annual publications

1Amol Janorkar8
2Jason Griggs4
3Yuanyuan Duan3
3Rohan Jagtap3
4Barbara Brent2

*Bold print signifies an NIH Early Stage Investigator

Publications Impact - H-Index

The Hirsch-Index is one indicator of an investigator's research productivity. It attempts to evaluate not only the number of peer-reviewed articles published, but the impact of the findings by looking at the frequency with which an article is cited by other researchers. The H-indices reported here capture only publications after 1995, so may not fully reflect the impact of our faculty with longer research careers.

Cumulative Hirsch-Index

2Jason Griggs24
3Amol Janorkar21
4William Buchanan15
5Yuanyuan Duan9
5Michael Roach9
6Jennifer Bain9
Niping Wang 8
Adam Alexander8
8Susana Salazar Marocho7
8Scott Williamson7

*Bold print signifies an NIH Early Stage Investigator