your research focus?
“The goal of
our study is to examine the possible interaction between Sodium-Lauryl-Sulfate
(SLS) and fluoride uptake by the tooth by evaluating the amount of
loosely-bound and tightly-bound fluoride taken up by hydroxyapatite discs as a
function of varying concentrations of SLS”.
you initially get interested in research?
always enjoyed chemistry and when I heard Dr. Carey give a presentation on how
fluoride affects the structure and resilience of hydroxyapatite to erosion my
curiosity got the best of me. One thing led to another and now I find myself
enjoying what I am doing while learning a tremendous amount about dentifrices
impact on dentistry”.
How do you
balance school work with research?
dental school and my patients come first, but there are always breaks in our
schedules. Throughout every week there are numerous two to four hour breaks
that I can dedicate to my project. Even then I schedule myself so that I am
only in the lab every other week for about eight hours so that I can stay
caught up on lab work. If you can manage your time, research is definitely a
viable option while in dental school”.
“In my free
time I enjoy anything related to the outdoors or the mountains. In the past
year I have become extremely active in mountain biking and have been getting
ready to hit the mountains as soon as the snow melts. I also love skiing,
hiking, kayaking, swimming, but all in all I just want to be outside”.
students are curious how they too can get involved in research. How did you
approach it, and what advice would you give to those interested in doing
am not interested in specializing so I am involved in research purely for the
enjoyment, education, and novelty. For me finding a topic you can enjoy and be
passionate about is the most important thing. Once you discover a topic that
you’re interested in and wish to learn more about, go and talk to the faculty
and find out who has a similar focus. They can help you in discovering some
focuses and specific questions for your research to answer, in addition to
assisting you in implementing a procedure”.
anyone you would like to personally thank in the newsletter?
“If it wasn’t
for Dr. Clifton Carey and Stacey Coleman’s help my project would not have been
possible. Without Dr. Carey’s encouragement, support, and patience my questions
about fluorides effect in toothpastes would never have been answered.
With Stacey’s support I have been able to run my experiments in-between
classes, trouble shoot problems, and analyze my results. They have been there
for me every step of the way and I am truly grateful to for the opportunity to
work with them every week”.