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Two new faculty members join School of Dentistry2 min read

July 31, 2019

Two new faculty members join School of Dentistry2 min read

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New Faculty Updates are published in January and July each year to introduce full-time faculty who have joined the School of Dentistry.

Ann Arbor, Mich., July 31, 2019 – Two new faculty members who joined the School of Dentistry in the last six months are based in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine.

Here’s a brief biography of the background and professional interests of each faculty member who has joined the full-time faculty ranks since Jan. 1, 2019:

Chi-Cheng Li

• Chia-Cheng Li joined the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine as a clinical assistant professor on Feb. 25, 2019. Dr. Li received her DDS and MS degrees from National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan. She completed her post-graduate training at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where she received a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a DMSc degree in Oral Biology. Dr. Li is a board-certified oral pathologist in both the United States and Taiwan. She is also a fellow in both the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and American Academy of Oral Medicine.  Dr. Li’s research interests focus on biomarkers and malignant transformation of oral epithelial pre-malignancy. 

Ann Decker

• Ann Decker was named Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, effective July 1, 2019.  Dr. Decker received her DMD from the University of Florida and completed a PhD in Oral Health Sciences from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  She has completed postgraduate training at U-M where she received a certificate in Periodontology.  Dr. Decker has received numerous awards, honors and distinctions for her research, which includes mechanisms that regulate bone metastasis of prostate and other cancers within skeletal structures. She has contributed to several peer reviewed publications and three academic book chapters in the field of periodontics.

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