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School of Dentistry faculty member Nisha D’Silva elected vice-president of AADOCR2 min read

March 15, 2024

School of Dentistry faculty member Nisha D’Silva elected vice-president of AADOCR2 min read

Dr. Nisha D’Silva

Ann Arbor, Mich., March 15, 2024 – Members of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) have elected University of Michigan School of Dentistry faculty member Nisha D’Silva as vice-president of the national organization.

Dr. D’Silva assumes the leadership position for 2024-25 at the conclusion of AADOCR’s 53rd annual meeting, being held this week in New Orleans. With 3,000 members, AADOCR is the leading U.S. professional community for multidisciplinary scientists who advance dental, oral, and craniofacial research contributing to overall health.

D’Silva is the Donald A. Kerr Endowed Collegiate Professor of Oral Pathology in the dental school’s Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. She is also Professor of Pathology at the U-M Medical School and a Rogel Scholar at the U-M Rogel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

An oral pathologist, cancer biologist and educator, D’Silva conducts research on head-and-neck cancer that focuses on biomarkers and molecular mechanisms of tumor progression and treatment resistance. She has published more than 100 papers in top journals, including the Journal of Dental Research, the Journal of Experimental Medicine, Clinical Cancer Research, and Nature Communications.

D’Silva has received numerous awards for her research and mentoring, including the Distinguished Scientist Award for Oral Medicine and Pathology Research from the International Association of Dental Research (IADR). She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and an AADOCR Fellow.

This week’s AADOCR annual meeting is held in conjunction with the annual conferences of the IADR and the Canadian Association for Dental Research.


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