Carla Alvarez Rivas, DDS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kantarci Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease Carla Alvarez Rivas, DDS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kantarci Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease

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Dr. Carla Alvarez Rivas holds a DDS and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (Immunology) from the Universidad de Chile. She is an R90 Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology. Her research interests focus on the interplay between T cell immune responses, bone metabolism, and the resolution of inflammation during periodontal disease.

Maria Aragao, PhD, Visiting Investigator, He Lab/ Microbiology Maria Aragao, PhD, Visiting Investigator, He Lab/ Microbiology

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Maria Aragao currently works on the understanding of dental caries with a focus on cariogenic carbohydrates and antibiofilm strategies. Maria is particularly interested in studying the structural organization of the biofilm matrix and how it modulates the onset and progression of caries disease. Maria’s research also focuses on developing novel strategies to prevent biofilm initiation and disrupt the biofilm matrix production using naturally occurring products.  

Matthew Bronstad, PhD, Senior Biostatistician, Core Facilities Matthew Bronstad, PhD, Senior Biostatistician, Core Facilities

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I have worked in several fields since my PhD: mainly psychophysics, optometric and ophthalmological research. Most recently I worked at a contract research organization where I analyzed clinical trial data, mainly for phase 2 and 3 oncology or rare disease pharmaceutical agents. The thread binding these diverse activities is my interest in data analysis and reporting.

Camden Carmichael, BS, Research Assistant, Bor Lab/Microbiology Camden Carmichael, BS, Research Assistant, Bor Lab/Microbiology

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Focused on designing a rapid, point-of-care diagnostic for oral microbial pathogens using CRISPR-Cas based technology.

Deepak Chouhan, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bor Lab/Microbiology Deepak Chouhan, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bor Lab/Microbiology

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My PhD research was focused on gastric microbes associated gastric diseases in Trivandrum, Kerala population. We reported for the first time, existence of M. abscessus in gastric epithelium. My primary research focus in Bor lab is to understand the impact of TM7 and its host bacteria on innate immunity, both at the cellular and organism level.

Jeremy Elias, MS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bidlack/Sun Labs/Mineralized Tissue Biology Jeremy Elias, MS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bidlack/Sun Labs/Mineralized Tissue Biology

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My work focuses on the investigation of biominerals, analyzing mechanisms behind biomineral properties and applying knowledge of natural materials to the design and creation of novel materials. Currently, this work involves the analysis of tooth interfaces and the development of materials to prevent dental caries and promote healthy oral microenvironments.

Rafaela Ferrer de Oliveira, MSc, DDS, Postdoctoral Scholar, Hasturk Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease Rafaela Ferrer de Oliveira, MSc, DDS, Postdoctoral Scholar, Hasturk Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease

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I’m passionate about studying oral diseases and how they can affect the rest of the body.

Jonathan Giacomini, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Mark Welch Lab/Microbiology Jonathan Giacomini, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Mark Welch Lab/Microbiology

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As a postdoc in Dr. Mark Welch’s lab, I am studying the ecology of the human oral microbiome, taking a systematic “omics” approach to explore genetic variation that drives species’ ecology and evolution. The major question we are exploring is how have different bacteria evolved to proliferate in different niches in the human oral cavity? Ultimately, the goal of my research is to bridge the microbial ecology of the human mouth across biological levels of organization, including molecular, organismal, species interactions and community networks. 

Jennifer Gundrum, BS, Manager of Advanced Microscopy Core and MicroCT Core, Core Facilities Jennifer Gundrum, BS, Manager of Advanced Microscopy Core and MicroCT Core, Core Facilities

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As the core manager I am responsible for the usage, maintenance and training of several shared microscopes and a microCT instrument. My passion for microscope technologies motivates my work collaborating with investigators to design and execute microscopy experiments. My primary research focus is in collaboration with Drs. Gary Borisy and Jessica Mark Welch to investigate multi-species biofilms employing various imaging approaches. Mainly we utilize a spectral imaging and unmixing technique to visualize more than 8 FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) probes simultaneously and evaluate the biofilm’s spatial organization.

Zhirui Jiang, PhD,Postdoctoral Fellow, Hsu Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology Zhirui Jiang, PhD,Postdoctoral Fellow, Hsu Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology

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I obtained my Ph.D at University of Adelaide, Australia, majoring in Genetics. I joined Forsyth in 2022. And my current research focuses on understanding the regulatory mechanism underlying skeletal and craniofacial development and to study skeletal stem cells in calvaria sutures.

Hakan Karaaslan, DDS, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bidlack Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology Hakan Karaaslan, DDS, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bidlack Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology

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In the Bidlack lab, Hakan primarily investigates Molar Hypomineralization, furthering his passion in dental hard tissue biology. As a dentist by training, he also seeks to translate the basic science findings into clinical applications.

Dongfang Li, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Zhou Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease Dongfang Li, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Zhou Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease

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Dr. Dongfang Li earned his PhD degree from Shandong university and joined the Forsyth Institute in 2021. A current area of interest is in new molecular and cellular targets for the therapeutics in Sjögren’s syndrome, which is a prevalent and systemic autoimmune disorder characterized by immune system attacking self-salivary and lacrimal glands, leading to xerostomia and keratoconjunctivitis sicca as major clinical manifestations.

Kai Li, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hsu Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology Kai Li, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hsu Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology

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Kai graduated from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) with a Ph.D. degree in dental science. Before that, he finished his master’s study and worked as an orthodontist in China. Kai was attracted to stem-cell and craniofacial development research. He moved to Boston and joined Dr. Hsu’s lab in 2022. He is now working on the role of lamin A in progeria and skeletogenic signaling pathways in development and deformity.

Jianhui Liu, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sun Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology Jianhui Liu, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sun Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology

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I am a materials scientist. Working with Drs. Jirun Sun and Xuesong He, I am developing pH-responsive nanomaterials for selective targeting and killing of acid-producing bacteria.

Natcha Mahatumarat, DDS, Graduate Scholar, Kantarci Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease Natcha Mahatumarat, DDS, Graduate Scholar, Kantarci Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease

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Orthodontic resident and Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) candidate at Boston University Henry M. Goldman school of dentistry. 

Eri O. Maruyama, PhD, Lab Manager, Maruyama Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology Eri O. Maruyama, PhD, Lab Manager, Maruyama Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology

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My research interest is in diseases associated with aging. I enjoy Boston because there are so many things to do within walking distance.

Anthony McLean, BA, Research Assistant II, Mark Welch Lab/Microbiology Anthony McLean, BA, Research Assistant II, Mark Welch Lab/Microbiology

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I use imaging and bioinformatics techniques to study the spatial and ecological structure of bacterial communities within the human oral microbiome.

Nika Mehrnia, MS, DDS, Postdoctoral Scholar, Van Dyke Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease Nika Mehrnia, MS, DDS, Postdoctoral Scholar, Van Dyke Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease

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I’m periodontist. My field of research is on bone regeneration. I am doing a project regarding the tissue engineering in rats to evaluate synthetic grafts for bony lesions.

Eduardo Oliveira, MSc, DDS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kantarci Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease Eduardo Oliveira, MSc, DDS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kantarci Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease

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My research expertise is related to in vitro and in vivo models, as well as clinical studies in Periodontics, Implantology, and Immunology. Titanium surface analysis, bone graft evaluation, periodontal disease’s randomized clinical trial, and translational research are the main topics assessed.

Shoko Onodera, PhD, Research Associate, Yu Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease Shoko Onodera, PhD, Research Associate, Yu Lab/Immunology and Infectious Disease

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As a visiting researcher, I am employed by the lab of Dr. Yu. My research focuses on the stem cells in the salivary gland and how they operate in patients with Sjogren syndrome.

Michele Patel, BS, Multiplex Core Manager, Core Facilities Michele Patel, BS, Multiplex Core Manager, Core Facilities

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I’m married with 2 daughters.  I have worked at Forsyth in various labs for over 23 years. I have been a part of the Multiplex Core team since 2017.

Yaser Peymanfar, MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Trackman Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology Yaser Peymanfar, MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Trackman Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology

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Dr. Yaser Peymanfar is a medical researcher and bone biologist, passionate about bone, bone marrow, and cancer research. He earned his PhD from University of South Australia in 2021. Currently, he is investigating the role of osteoblast dopamine receptor in diabetic bone disease. He has published several articles in the field and received outstanding awards and grants during his PhD. He is a young investigator member of ASBMR, ANZBMS and ORS.

Shamayim Tabita Ramirez Puebla, PhD, Staff Scientist, Borisy Lab/Microbiology Shamayim Tabita Ramirez Puebla, PhD, Staff Scientist, Borisy Lab/Microbiology

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My research focuses on understanding the ecological implications of the spatial organization of microbes in relation to the micron-scale features of their environment using the human oral cavity as model. I spend my free time tasting wine with my partner and meeting friends. I enjoy reading/watching videos about psychology, philosophy, art and creativity.

Danielle Stephens, MS, Director & Business Manager of Forsyth Cores, Core Facilities Danielle Stephens, MS, Director & Business Manager of Forsyth Cores, Core Facilities

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I started at Forsyth in 2011 as a Research Assistant, established the Multiplex Core in 2013 with Dr. Alp Kantarci, and now oversee operations of 7 of Forsyth’s Research Core Facilities. I work very closely with Forsyth’s Core Managers to provide services to a wide variety of researchers, academics, pharmaceuticals, start-ups, and others.

Julian Torres Morales, BS, MS, Research Associate, Borisy Lab/Microbiology Julian Torres Morales, BS, MS, Research Associate, Borisy Lab/Microbiology

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I am passionate about science. I am interested in understanding how microbes are structured in different environments such as food and the human body. Our mouth is the door to millions of microbes every day which are mixed by saliva. My research focuses on understanding why particular microbial species inhabit particular sites of the human oral cavity at the population and individual level by combining metagenomics and pangenomics. Aside from work I enjoy spending time with my partner, taking care of my plants, reading crime fiction novels, and tasting wine and cheese (products of microbial fermentation).

Shinichiro Yoshida, DDS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Maruyama Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology Shinichiro Yoshida, DDS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Maruyama Lab/Mineralized Tissue Biology

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I’m a postdoc from Japan. My research field is stem cell biology and currently focused on adult stem cells in articular cartilage and dental pulp. Happy to be here!