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NIDCR Dental Clinical Research Fellows

Current Fellows


Jacqueline Mays, D.D.S., Ph.D.

 Dr. Jacqueline Mays completed her D.D.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Ohio State University in 2009. She was the recipient of an NIDCR F30 Individual Pre-Doctoral Dental Scientist Fellowship from 2006-2009. She was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Viral Diseases, NIAID (2009-2011). Trained as a viral immunologist, Dr. Mays has a strong interest in mechanisms of viral and autoimmune diseases in the oral cavity.  Her current research is focused on the immunology of oral graft-vs-host disease. She has co-authored thirteen publications in highly regarded journals including the Journal of Immunology and the Journal of Experimental Medicine .




Joao Ferreira, D.D.S., Ph.D. Dr. Joao Ferreira received his D.D.S. degree from “Instituto Superior de Ciencias da Saude” in Portugal in 2002. He completed a clinical and research training program in Temporomandibular Disorders, Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry leading to a master's degree in 2006. As a lecturer and clinical fellow in Orofacial Pain at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Dr. Ferreira completed a Ph.D. in Oral Biology with a focus on bone tissue regeneration using constructs with biomimetic scaffolds, viral vectors, and adult stem cells. He has co-authored six publications in journals such as Gene Therapy , Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine and the Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery .



Natalia Chalmers, D.D.S., Ph.D. Dr. Natalia Chalmers received her D.D.S. from the Medical University of Sofia (1999), and a Ph.D. (2008) and a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Maryland (2012). She is board eligible for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and was the recipient of an NIDCR T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Forsyth Institute, Boston, MA. Her current research interests are Evidence-Based Pediatric Dentistry, the microbiome of caries and pulpitis in children, as well as the oral microbiome in immune deficiencies and oral graft-vs-host disease. In her leadership positions Dr. Chalmers is a treasurer of the IADR Women in Science group and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center. Dr. Chalmers has co-authored thirteen publications in highly regarded journals including the Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Bacteriology and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology .




Katiuchia Sales, D.D.S.l, Ph.D. Dr. Katiuchia Sales obtained her D.D.S. (2003) and Ph.D. in Oral Pathology (2006) from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Trained as an oral pathologist, Dr. Sales is interested in the development, regeneration, and malignant transformation of oral tissues.  After her Ph.D. studies, she joined the Protease and Tissue Remodeling Section at NIDCR as a Visiting Fellow, where she has been investigating the molecular mechanisms by which specific proteases promote squamous cell carcinogenesis. She has co-authored five publications in journals such as Nature Genetics , the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and PLoS Genetics .



Yusuke Kondo, D.D.S., Ph.D. Dr. Yusuke Kondo obtained his D.D.S. from Hiroshima University in 2006.  He completed an oral surgery residency at Ehime University Hospital (2007) and a Ph.D. from Kyushu Dental College (2011). He is currently on leave from his position as Assistant Professor, Kyushu Dental College.  He is investigating the function, regulation and interaction of salivary gland membrane-associate proteins using ex vivo and two-photon microscopy techniques. He has co-authored four publications in journals such as the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics , the Journal  of Prosthodontic Research and Clinical Oral Implants Research .



Dr. Andrea Burke
began an NIDCR fellowship in July 2013 after completion of the Oral and Maxifacial Surgery program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She obtained her D.M.D. (2007) and M.D. (2010) from Harvard University. Her research will focus on the pathophysiology of skeletal diseases such as osteonecrosis of the jaw, fibrous dysplasia, giant cell lesions and odontogenic tumors. She has co-authored three publications in the Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research .

Recent Fellows

Dean Edwards, D.D.S. Dr. Dean Edwards was the recipient of an NIDCR Intramural Training Award from 2000-2001. He received a D.D.S. from Howard University in 2006 and then completed a general practice residency at the University of California at San Francisco (2006-2007). He was the Dental Director at Mary’s Center Dental Department from 2007 to 2009 His current research interests include oral wound healing, Behcet's Disease, and graft-vs-host disease. He has co-authored 5 publications in highly regarded journals including the Journal of Clinical Immunology and Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology




Mojgan Sarmadi, D.D.S., M.D. Dr. Mojgan Sarmadi holds a D.D.S. from the University of Maryland (1996) and an M.D. degree from the University of Michigan (2003). She completed her GPR and geriatric dentistry fellowship training at the University of Michigan in 1999 and a family medicine residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Beech Grove, IN, in 2011. She was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry from 1999 until 2003. She is applying her knowledge of medicine and dentistry to focus on patient based research and promotion of uniform continuity of clinical dentistry and medicine in the study of patient populations which demonstrate oral manifestations and infections superimposed on a background of systemic disease. She has co-authored six publications in journals such as the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research and the Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

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This page last updated: February 26, 2014