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Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases Branch

Dr. Nadya Lumelsky, Chief, (301) 594-7703 



Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases Branch
Dr. R. Dwayne Lunsford 
Program Director

Microbiology Program
  • Microbial genetics, genomics  & proteomics
  • Biofilms & polymicrobial infections
  • Microbial ecology & pathogenesis
  • Beneficial Microbes
  • Metagenomics   
Dr. Preethi Chander
Program Director​​​​
(301) 827-4620

Salivary Biology and Immunology Program
  • Saliva and salivary gland biology
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Host responses/susceptibility to infection
  • Immunology of biofilms 
  • Immunopathologies and immunotherapies
  • Systemic diseases 
Dr. Gallya Gannot
Program Director​

HIV/AIDS and Oral Health Research Program
  • HIV transmission & pathogenesis
  • AIDS-related malignancies & infections
  • Candida/candidiasis
  • Viral infections of the oral cavity
  • Immunosuppression
  • Oral mucosal immunity
  • Vaccines against oral pathogens
Dr. Yolanda Vallejo
Program Director​
Neuroscience of Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders
  • Pain
  • Neurophysiology
  • Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorders
Dr. Jason Wan
Program Director
Mineralized Tissue Physiology Program

  • Mineralized Tissues
  • Bones, Teeth, Fluoride
  • Matrix Biology
  • Pharmacogenetics​
Dr. Solita Chiayeng Wang 
Program Director
Oral and Salivary Gland Cancer Biology Program
  • Oral Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Oral Epithelial Cell Biology and Pathology
  • Immunology of cancer
Dr. Nadya Lumelsky
Program Director
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Research Program
  • Engineering of dental and craniofacial replacement tissues
  • Stem cell biology relevant to restoration of dental and craniofacial tissues
  • Functional integration of engineered tissues into host tissues
  • Biotechnology approaches to facilitate host tissue remodeling, reconstruction and regeneration 
Dr. R. Dwayne Lunsford 
Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR) Program

Dr. Orlando Lopez
Program Director

Dental and Biomaterials Program
  • Dental materials and devices
  • Dental implants
  • Biocompatibility of dental restorative materials


  • Coordinates the NIDCR basic and translational research programs in salivary biology and immunology, epithelial cell regulation and transformation, molecular and cellular neuroscience, microbiology, mineralized tissue physiology, and AIDS and immunosuppression

  • Collaborates with NIDCR program staff in setting an overall agenda for basic and translational integrative biology and infectious diseases research related to the mission of NIDCR

  • Coordinates the implementation of this integrative biology and infectious diseases research agenda

  • Maintains liaison for integrative biology and infectious diseases research with the NIDCR extramural research community


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This page last updated: April 20, 2017