Research Labs


The College of Dental Medicine supports research and innovation with state-of-the-art laboratories that provide a place for our scientists and their teams to conduct ground-breaking investigations.

  • The Dr. Momen-Heravi Lab studies biological mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis mediated by tumor-immune cell interactions. They also aim to combat cancer by editing innate immune cells.

  • Led by Dr. Mildred Embree, DMD, PhD, research at the Laboratory of TMJ Biology and Regenerative Medicine focuses on TMJ fibrocartilage biology disease, and regenerative medicine.

  • Current research of the Papapanou team in the Division of Periodontics focuses on two main themes: understanding periodontitis pathobiology and the determinants of susceptibility, and the role of periodontal infection/inflammation as a systemic health stressor.

  • Research at Dr. Sunil Wadhwa and Dr. Jing Chen's Laboratory concentrates on two main areas: 1) the biology of tooth movement and 2) sexual dimorphism of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) diseases.

  • Research in Dr. Yiping Han’s, PhD,  laboratory focuses on the interactions of the vast population of microbes that inhabit various surfaces of the body and their human hosts.  

  • Led by Dr. Chang Hun Lee, PhD, research at the Regenerative Engineering Laboratory is focused on musculoskeletal and craniofacial tissue regeneration.