Research Seminars
Faculty Research Seminar Series
UIC College of Dentistry Faculty Research Seminar Series

The UIC College of Dentistry offers interdisciplinary seminars for the discussion of multidisciplianary oral health research to support the development of research-in-progress into high-quality papers and presentations that contribute to advancement of oral health and related fields. We invite faculty and guest scholars from all disciplines with an interest in oral health, biomedical sciences and public health to participate.


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Faculty Research Seminars meet every first Tuesday featuring presentations by a faculty member or outside guest.  Faculty Research Journal Club meets every third Tuesday featuring faculty presenting an article for discussion.

Check the College Calendar for upcoming research events

Continuing Education Credit
CE is offered for the Journal Club only. 

Recent Seminar Topics

NIDCR: Enhancing Oral Health through Research and Innovation

Dr. Martha Somerman, DDS, PhD
Director-National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research


Regenerative Sciences & Wound Healing
Exploring the Latest Topics in Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration
Exploring the Latest Topics in Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration

Regenerative Sciences Seminar Series (RS3)

Join us for a series of informative seminars exploring a variety of topics in Regenerative Science. Speakers will present the latest research and trends in basic and translational regenerative sciences, from the repair of damaged and diseased tissue to the growth of cells/tissues to replace lost tissues, as well as the study of how materials interact with living tissues and the building of tissue replacements. RS3 is held from 12:30 - 1:30 on the 2nd Thursday of the month from Oct - May. Seminars are open to staff, faculty, and students.

"Exosomes: Applications as Biomimetic Tools in Tissue Regeneration"
Dr. Sriram Ravindran

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology, UIC College of Dentistry
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30, Lecture Hall South.

"Exploring the Roles of the Extracellular Matrix in Development and Cancer Using Proteomics"
Dr. Alexandra Naba

Assistant Professor, UIC Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 12:30 - 1:30, Lecture Hall North.

“Microcirculatory Approach to Chronic Wound Prevention and Healing”
Dr. Yi-Ting Tzen
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, UIC College of Applied Health Sciences
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30, Lecture Hall South.

“Laser Therapy: Research and Clinical Outcomes”
Dr. Alyne Simões

Assistant Professor, Biomaterials & Oral Biology Department University of São Paulo
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 12:30 - 1:30, Lecture Hall North.

"Notch Function in Angiogenesis"
Dr. Jan Kitajewski

Professor and Department Head, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, UIC College of Medicine
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30, Lecture Hall North.

"Cell Based Therapies in Reconstructive Transplantation"
Dr. Maria Siemionow
Professor of Orthopaedics, Director of Microsurgery Research, Department of Orthopaedics, UIC
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 12:30 - 1:30, Lecture Hall North

“Bone in Implant Fixation and Osteoarthritis”
Dr. Rick Sumner
The Mary Lou Bell McGrew Presidential Professor for Medical Research, Chairperson, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Rush Medical College
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:30 - 1:30, Lecture Hall North.


Wound Healing Journal Club

The Wound Healing Journal Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 12:30-2:00 at the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration in the UIC College of Dentistry. The club uses a survey format, and members are each assigned 2-3 articles chosen from a PubMed search of “Wound Healing” for the previous month. Presentations are short summaries of the papers, highlighting their contributions to the field. The Journal Club provides a way to stay abreast of recent publications in all aspects of wound healing research.

For more information about the Wound Healing Journal Club, please contact Dr. Luisa DiPietro

medium_calendar-icon1.pngDates & Times
RS3 is typically held from 12:30 – 1:30 on the 2nd Thursday of the month from Oct - May. Wound Healing Journal Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 12:30-2:00. 

Check the College Calendar for upcoming research events


Recent Topics and Speakers

Harnessing the Inflammatory Response for Tissue Regeneration
Dr. Kara Spiller 
Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Drexel University

Biomimetic Strategies to Repair Dental Hard Tissue
Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo
Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, UIC College of Dentistry


Things the Oral Cavity can tell us About Mucosal and Systemic Immunity
Dr. Christopher Engeland
Assistant Professor,  Department of Biobehavioral Health/College of Nursing, The Pennsylvania State University


Vitamin D/Vitamin D Receptor Regulation of Microbiome in Inflammation and Wound Healing
Dr. Jun Sun
Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, UIC Department of Medicine

Ganglioside GM3 and Diabetic Wound Healing
Dr. Amy Paller
Chair, Department of Dermatology, Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Longitudinal Multimodal Optical Imaging of Cell and Tissue Dynamics in Skin Wound Healing
Dr. Stephen Boppart
Professor of Engineering and Medicine, Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and Internal Medicine, UIUC