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Mentored Student Research Opportunities

Every student is encouraged to participate in research. There are opportunities for a variety of research interests, from dental materials to oral health disparities.

Recent faculty/student research collaborations

Anodized Titanium with Calcium and Phosphorus Surface Enhancements for Dental and Orthopedic Implants

  • Faculty mentors - Amol Janorkar, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science; Michael Roach, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science; Scott Williamson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Materials Science
  • Student - Jiman Nelson (D3)

Utilization of 3D Culture Systems and VEGF to Enhance Endothelial Cell Differentiation

  • Faculty mentor - Amol Janorkar, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science
  • Student - Kendra Clark (D3)

Upper Airway Volumetric Analysis Utilizing Invivo5

  • Faculty mentors - Ron Caloss, DDS, MD, Associate Professor, Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery & Pathology; Jason Griggs, PhD, Professor and Chair, Biomedical Materials Sciences
  • Students - Jennybeth Hendrick (D2); Will Fontaine (D4)

Mandibular Pathology and Dentition in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Mississippi State Insane Asylum Burials: Initial Observations

  • Faculty mentors - Jason Griggs, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Biomedical Materials Sciences; Ralph Didlake, MD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director, Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities
  • Student - Katie Alford (D2)

Finite Element Analysis of Zygomatic Implant-Supported Maxillary Prostheses

  • Faculty mentors - Ravi Chandran, DDS, MD, Assistant Professor & Chair, Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery & Pathology; Yuanyuan Duan, BDS, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Materials Sciences
  • Student - Denise Cherry (D2)

Surface Modifications of Titanium Alloys Using Anodization

  • Faculty mentors - Michael Roach, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science; Scott Williamson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Materials Science
  • Student - Caleb Hardman (D2)

Effective Drug Release from Extracellular Matrix Protein Based Composites

  • Faculty mentor - Amol Janorkar, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science
  • Student - Jolie Nguyen (D2)

Saliva Bone Density Biomarkers Analyzed via Clinical Strips and ELISA

  • Faculty mentors - Niping Wang, DDS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Periodontics & Preventive Sciences; Andrew Smith, MD, PhD, Director of Research Services, Body Imaging, Nuclear Medicine
  • Students - Mary Catherine Reynolds (D2); Sarah Burnham (D4)

Dental Care - A Largely Unmet Need for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Mississippi

  • Faculty mentor - Denise Krause, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science
  • Student - Jamie White (D3)