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March 5, 2021

37th Annual Research Day Award Winners

Research Day at the College of Dentistry is an annual event that showcases research conducted by dental and dental hygiene students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and residents. 

Recipients of the 2021 Research Day awards include the following: 

Faculty “Paper of the Year” Awards

Category: Basic Research

Authors: Ganesan SMDabdoub SM, Nagaraja HN, Scott ML, Pamulapati S, Berman ML, Shields PG, Wewers ME, Kumar PS.

Publication:  "Adverse effects of electronic cigarettes on the disease-naive oral microbiome.” Science Advances. 2020 May 27;6(22):eaaz0108. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaz0108. PMID: 32518820; PMCID: PMC7253170.

Division of Periodontology

Category: Clinical Research

Authors: Azadani EN, Peng J, Kumar ACasamassimo PSGriffen AAmini H, Ni A.

Publication: "A survival analysis of primary second molars in children treated under general anesthesia.” Journal of the American Dental Association. 2020 Aug;151(8):568-575. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2020.04.015. PMID: 32718486.

Division of Pediatric Dentistry

Category: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health Research

Authors: Meyer BD, Fearnow B, Wolcott MD.

Publication: "Introducing legislative advocacy into the dental school curriculum: A mixed-methods evaluation.” Journal of Dental Education. 2020 Dec;84(12):1378-1387. doi: 10.1002/jdd.12336. Epub 2020 Aug 8. PMID: 32772376.

Division of Pediatric Dentistry

Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Research

Dental Student Award

1st place:

Nathan Gutarts, D1
Title: Chemogenetic Suppression of Rostral Nst Gaba Neurons Accentuates Behavioral Responding to Preferred and Avoided Taste Stimuli
Advisor: Susan Travers, MS, PhD

2nd place: 

Nathan Kim, D1
Advisor: Do-Gyoon Kim, PhD
Title: Correlations of TMJ OA with Facial Morphology and BMD

3rd place:

Aakriti Chaudhry, D1
Advisor: Purnima Kumar, BDS, MS, PhD
Title: Site specific determinants of the sub-gingival microbiome

Dental Hygiene Research Award

Emily Sprinkle, DHY 2
Advisor: Elizabeth A. Chartier, RDH, MPH
Title: Evaluation of the Dental Health Outreach Mobile Experience (HOME) Coach Program

Graduate Student Award

1st place: 

Kazune Pax, DDS/PhD Fellow Year 4
Advisor: Purnima Kumar, BDS, MS, PhD
Title: Maternal gestational exposures influence development of the infant oral microbiome

2nd place: 

Victoria McLaughlin, Orthodontics Resident Year 3
Advisor: Zongyang Sun, DDS, MS, MSD, PhD
Title: Can application of artifact reduction algorithm or increasing scan resolution improve CBCT diagnostic accuracy of TAD-tooth root contact?

3rd place: 

Eun Sang Moon, Orthodontics Resident Year 3
Advisor: Do-Gyoon Kim, PhD
Title: Maxillary lateral incisor injection pain using the Dentapen electronic syringe

Center for Clinical and Translational Science Best Clinical and Translational Abstract

Kazune Pax, DDS/PhD Fellow Year 4
Advisor: Purnima Kumar, BDS, MS, PhD
Title: Maternal gestational exposures influence development of the infant oral microbiome

Post-doctoral Fellow Award

Fatma F. Mohamed, Division of Biosciences
Advisor: Brian L. Foster, PhD
Title: Prevention of Hypophosphatasia-Associated Dentoalveolar Defects Using AAV8—Mediated Gene Thera

ADDR/Dentsply Student Clinician Award  

Kazune Pax, DDS/PhD Fellow Year 4
Advisor: Purnima Kumar, BDS, MS, PhD
Title: Maternal gestational exposures influence development of the infant oral microbiome

OSU Alumni Merit Award

Michelle Scott; DDS-PhD Fellow
Advisor: Purnima Kumar, BDS, MS, PhD, Division of Periodontology​
Title: Nicotine-free and Nicotine-containing E-cigarettes Differentially Alter Microbial Colonization Dynamics

OSU Alumni Achievement Award

Nathan Gutarts, D1
Title: Chemogenetic Suppression of Rostral Nst Gaba Neurons Accentuates Behavioral Responding to Preferred and Avoided Taste Stimuli
Advisor: Susan Travers, MS, PhD

AADR Student Research Day Award

Nathan Gutarts, D1
Title: Chemogenetic Suppression of Rostral Nst Gaba Neurons Accentuates Behavioral Responding to Preferred and Avoided Taste Stimuli
Advisor: Susan Travers, MS, PhD