Exploring fundamental questions concerning the mechanisms of tissue morphogenesis, cellular function, differentiation and cancer, with the goal of preventing and treating craniofacial disorders.
Investigating cellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms underlying development, differentiation, and secretory physiology with the aim to repair and regenerate function.
Research on mucosal immunology, oral inflammatory diseases, and immune tolerance/autoimmunity.
Investigating fundamental mechanisms of sensation including taste, somatosensation, and pain, while developing novel strategies to control pain.
Development and maintenance of skeletal tissues, defined as teeth, bone, cartilage, and their associated tissues, with emphasis on the cells, genes, matrix-associated macromolecules, and related proteases of these tissues.