Faculty

University of Michigan School of Dentistry faculty member helps develop new recommendations for significant change related to dental X-rays

March 5, 2024

Ann Arbor, Mich., March 5, 2024 – A University of Michigan School of Dentistry faculty member helped develop a new recommendation by the American Dental Association (ADA) that is likely to affect millions of Americans during their future dental appointments. Dr. Erika Benavides was chair of an expert panel established by the ADA’s Council on …

Goal of dental school’s Research Day: Turning discovery into health

February 21, 2024

Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 21, 2024 – For the second year in a row, a record number of research posters covered a wide-ranging variety of scientific research by students, postdoctoral trainees, staff and faculty at the annual Research Day held by the School of Dentistry on Feb. 15. The 160 posters provided insight into basic …

King’s Feast 2024: ‘How far we’ve come, how far we need to go’

February 21, 2024

Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 21, 2024 – The life and message of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., continues to inspire today at a time when his call to action against racism and social injustice remains as important as ever. That message was a recurring theme among speakers at the 43rd annual King’s Feast …

School of Dentistry faculty, staff and students continued to advance scientific research with a broad array of publications in 2023

February 8, 2024

Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 8, 2024 – The University of Michigan School of Dentistry continued its leadership in important dental, oral and craniofacial research in 2023 with faculty publishing 263 papers, articles and reviews in a variety of leading scientific journals. The school’s annual research expenditures totaled $24.9 million and faculty received 38 grants, the …

Dr. Rodrigo Maia is new director of dental school’s Continuing Education program

January 24, 2024

Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 24, 2024 – School of Dentistry faculty member Dr. Rodrigo Maia is the new director of the school’s Continuing Dental Education program. This newly expanded position is responsible for leading the design and development of a continuing education program business plan for the school. Working closely with the Faculty CDE Advisory …

Jennifer Cullen appointed director of Dental Hygiene Division at School of Dentistry

January 16, 2024

Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 16, 2024 – School of Dentistry dental hygiene faculty member Jennifer Cullen has been appointed director of the school’s Dental Hygiene Division. Dr. Purnima Kumar, chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, which oversees the division, announced the appointment Friday, ending a national search. Since 2016, Cullen has served …

Dental school faculty member Isabelle Lombaert receives major innovation award

October 30, 2023

Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 30, 2023 – School of Dentistry faculty member Dr. Isabelle Lombaert, a principal investigator for research on finding solutions for dry mouth, or xerostomia, has received a major funding award of $500,000.  She is one of the 2023 recipients of the University of Michigan Medical School’s Frankel Innovation Initiative Award, a …

Faculty member, alumnus appointed to Michigan Board of Dentistry

October 17, 2023

Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 17, 2023 – A School of Dentistry faculty member and an alumnus of the school who is an adjunct faculty member have been appointed to the Michigan Board of Dentistry by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Dr. Dennis Fasbinder, Clinical Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, was …

Two leadership appointments announced for School of Dentistry

October 11, 2023

Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 11, 2023 – Two leadership appointments for the School of Dentistry have been announced by Dean Jacques Nör. Dr. Mark Fitzgerald is the school’s new Senior Associate Dean, and Diane Thomas has been named Director of Budget and Financial Planning. Both appointments were effective Oct. 1. Fitzgerald is a professor in …