Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Faculty of Oral Biology and Pathology Department

Distinguished Professors
Kleinberg, Israel, Chairperson. D.D.S. 1952, University of Toronto, Canada; Ph.D., 1958, University of Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Identification of peptides and salivary factors involved in the growth and metabolism of oral mixed bacterial populations; pharmaceutical application of salivary components in the control of dental caries and oral malodor; mechanisms of dental plaque formation; control of microbial populations (oral, gastrointestinal, vaginal) with growth factors and growth inhibitors; new diagnostic techniques and therapeutics, technology transfer.

Golub, Lorne, M., D.M.D., 1963, M.Sc., 1965, University of Manitoba, Canada; Cert. Periodontics, 1968, Harvard School of Dental Medicine: Synthesis maturation and degradation of collagen in oral tissues; effect of inflammation on diabetes and collagen metabolism, on the flow and cellular and chemical constituents of gingival fluid, and relevance to diagnosis and management of the periodontal patient; therapeutic potential of tetracyclines as inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases.


London, Steven D., D.D.S., 1981, Ph.D., 1987 University of Pennsylvania: Mucosal immunity, viral immunology, mucosal vaccine development, viral pathogenesis,

Ryan, Maria E., D.D.S., 1989, Ph.D. 1998, Stony Brook University; Cert. Periodontology, 1993, University of Connecticut: Connective tissue biology; the role of growth factors in connective tissue metabolism; diagnostic technology as it applies to preventative and therapeutic measures in dentistry; host modulatory therapies.

Simon, Marcia,, Ph.D. 1981, Brandeis University: Biology of oral and cutaneous epithelial and mesenchymal cells, retinoid metabolism and the control of differentiations, wound healing, development and assessment of products for treatment of chemical and thermal burn injury.


Associate Professors
Brouxhon, Sabine M.D. 1998, University of Rochester: research focuses on the mechanism(s) by which E-cadherin, a cell-cell adhesion protein is downregulated to induce the progression of skin and breast cancers. Included are studies on its endocytosis, trafficking, and sorting to the lysosomal and proteasomal pathways for degradation and how ubiquitination and the cyclooxygenase-prostaglandin E2 system is involved in this process.

Ghazizadeh, Soosan, Ph.D. 1994, Stony Brook University: Epithelial stem cell biology; hair follicle development; immunological responses in gene therapy; cutaneous gene therapy.

London, Lucille. Ph.D. 1986, University of Pennsylvania: Mucosal immunity, pulmonary inflammation and fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, viral immunology, signal transduction.

Walker, Stephen G., M.Sc., 1987, University of Guelph, Canada; Ph.D. 1994, University of British Columbia, Canada. The analysis of the cell surface proteins and carbohydrates of Treponema pectinovorum and how these molecules interact with the environment. T. pectinovorum is an anaerobic spirochete that flourishes in the diseased periodontal pocket of humans and may contribute to periodontitis.

Trochesset, Denise, D.D.S., 1988, University of Minnesota; Certificate of General Practice Residency, 1989, VAMC, West Haven, CT; Certificate of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, 2002, New York Hospital Queens; Diplomate, The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, 2002: Clinical investigation of leukoplakic oral lesions; leukoplakic lesions and their relationship to alcohol and human papilloma virus.


Assistant Professors


Adjunct Professors
Cutler, Christopher D.D.S., 1986,Emory University School of DentistryPh.D.1990, Emory University School of Medicine, Certificate of Periodontics, 1990, Emory University School of Post-graduate Dentistry: Innate immunity, inflammation, pathogenesis of chronic periodontitis, dendritic cells/langerhans cells, anaerobic microbiology, Porphyromonas gingivalis.  

Stephanos Kyrkanides, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Athens 1991, University of Rochester, 1997, 1999: Research focuses on the cross-talk between peripheral inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, and brain inflammation, including pain.

Rafailovich, Miriam, Ph.D., 1981, Stony Brook University: P roperties of polymers in confinement at surfaces and interfaces, organic/ inorganic nanocomposites, flame retardant polymers, electrospun scaffolds, cell/surface interactions, templated biomineralization, nanorheological measurements, neutron and x-ray scattering and reflectivity from organic thin films.


Professors Emeritus
Kaufman, Hershall W., D.M.D., 1963, Ph.D., 1967, University of Manitoba, Canada: Calcium phosphate chemistry as it relates to dental hypersensitivity, dental caries, and calculus formation and prevention; rheological properties of saliva and their relation to oral health; design, management, and statistical analysis of clinical research trials.

McNamara, Thomas F., Ph.D., 1959, Catholic University of America: Microbial etiology of dental caries and periodontal disease; immune mechanisms involved in dental pathogenesis; viral infection in oral microorganisms; significance of secretory IgA in caries prevention.

Ramamurthy, Nungavarm S., Research Professor. MVSc., 1965, University of Agra, India; Ph.D., 1970, University of Manitoba, Canada: Collagen synthesis and remodeling in health and systemic disease; leukocyte metabolism and chemotaxis in diabetes; regulation of mammalian metallo-proteinases (MMPS) and development of synthetic inhibitors for MMPS.

Sreebny, Leo M., D.D.S., 1945, M.S., 1950, Ph.D., 1954, University of Illinois: Studies of saliva in health and disease; relationship of salivary constituents to systemic diseases, especially Sjögren’s syndrome and systematic lupus erythematosis.

Taichman, Lorne B., M.D., 1965, M.Sc., 1967, University of Toronto, Canada; Ph.D., 1971, University of Wisconsin: Biology of epithelial keratinocyte growth and differentiation; cutaneous and mucosal gene therapy; viral and nonviral methods for gene transfer; keratinocyte secretion.


Research Faculty
Gao, Jay G., Ph.D. 1989, Institute of Genetics, Fudan University, China Shanghai. Cutaneous and hepatic retinoid metabolism, regulation of lipolysis and lipogenesis,.

Lee, His-Ming, Ph.D. 1996, SUNY at Stony Brook: α-Proteinase Inhibitors in Periodontal Disease: Serpinolytic Inhibition by Doxycycline,.

Milroy Codipilly Ph.D. 1991, Stony Brook University: Basis of saliva viscosity and its relation to intra-oral adhesion phenomena.


Clinical Adjunct Faculty
Barry Cooper, D.D.S.
Arthur Goren, D.D.S.
Irving Kittay, D.D.S.
Joan Phelan, D.D.S.
George Westbay, D.D.S.
Mark Wolff, D.D.S. Ph.D