Drs. Brian Foster and Beau Meyer were recently inducted as Fellows of Ohio State's Growing Research Opportunities (GRO) Academy that is sponsored by the Office of Knowledge Enterprise. Aimed at providing research leadership development for faculty across disciplines, the GRO Academy offers learning opportunities that allow faculty to expand and enhance the impact of their research endeavors.
Dr. Foster is an Associate Professor in the Division of Biosciences and a nationally recognized researcher. His work focuses on the molecular biology of tooth root development and mineralization, with a special interest in genes, mechanisms, diseases, and novel regeneration strategies. His research has been consistently funded by grants from the National Institutes for Health - National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research. Throughout his career, Dr. Foster has received numerous honors that include the prestigious International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Centennial Emerging Leaders Award that recognized his "achievements in dental research and the potential to further contribute to the IADR and the scientific community worldwide."
Dr. Meyer is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and a practicing dentist. His research and publications focus on the management of oral diseases in pediatric dental patients; diet and behavior as it impacts children's oral health; and the use of hospital-based care to treat early childhood caries. Dr. Meyer has received honors that include the College of Dentistry's Larry J. Peterson Award that recognizes teaching excellence. He is also a past recipient of the American Dental Education Association's Olav Alvares Award for Early Career Scholars that is given to young investigators who conduct and publish outstanding research.