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D4 John Le returns from year of NIH research2 min read

August 11, 2017

D4 John Le returns from year of NIH research2 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 11, 2017 -– Fourth-year dental student John Le has returned to the School of Dentistry after spending a year as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

John Le

Le and another dental student who completed the Medical Research Scholars Program are featured in an article posted on the website of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. They were the only two dental students along with 50 medical students in the program for 2016-17.

In the interview, Le says the year was invaluable experience as he prepares for a career as a surgeon-researcher. His work at the NIDCR, under the direction of Dr. Janice Lee, explored how bone repairs itself, and in particular how aging affects the process. Part of his research was transplanting bone marrow stromal cells, which can turn into bone cells, into mice of various ages.

This was the second consecutive year that a student from the U-M School of Dentistry was selected for the prestigious MRSP. Tarek Metwally, now a D4, was part of the 2015-16 cohort.

The article including Le is on the NIDCR website.


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