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Fall Student Oral Research Competition

2013 Fall Student Oral Research Competition

By Sheldon Newman, DDS, MS

Faculty Advisor, Colorado Student Research Group

 The 2013 Fall Student Oral Research Competition was held on Tuesday afternoon, November 20th.  The time used was part of the Introduction to Dentistry course so that these new dental students could be exposed to the possibilities for students to do research during their time at the University of Colorado School of dental Medicine.  There were 8 ten minute presentations with 5 minutes for probing questions from the audience.

They all presented well; their science was sound; and their contributions to the advancement of the science in dentistry were significant.  The three judges had a tough job to pick out the three students who would be awarded trips to present their research at regional and national meetings.  Petros Yoon, a third year dental student, will be sent to the ADA Foundation/Volpe Research Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on the campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  He will have a chance to mix with some of the leading researches in dentistry at the center.  Students from schools all over the country are chosen because of the high quality of their work and their dedication to research.  Manisha Makhija, a second year ISP student, will be sent to the American Association of Dental Research meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, in March.  This meeting will have both elite researchers and students giving both poster and oral presentations over 4 days of the cutting edge being done in all fields of dentistry.  David Currie, a third year dental student, will go to the Midwest Regional Student Research Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, also during the spring.

There were three presentations on various aspects of polymeric nanogels under the guidance of Dr. Jeff Stansbury.  Manisha, Petros and Monica Kumor, a first year dental student, all did extensive work on various aspects of this new technology and its potential impact on composite restorative materials and bonding agents.  David and Amanda Tompkins, a first year dental student, under the guidance of Dr. Clifton Carey, presented work expanding the understanding and effectiveness of various fluoride delivery systems.  James Michael Murphy, a first year dental student, working with Dr. David Clouthier, looked at a signaling of a protein in the regulation of craniofacial development in a mouse model.  Kevin Hertich, also a first year student, working under Dr. Lynn Heasley, looked at a combination drug therapy that would inhibit the growth of squamous cell carcinoma cells.  Finally, Hooman Abdoli-Sereshki, a second year ISP student, with Dr. Stansbury, is working on developing a resin that can be easily applied and later removed, that will serve as a more effective barrier to saliva contamination.


 They all deserved accolades for the quality of their work and their style of presentation.  The 3 judges, Drs. Kristin Artinger, in Craniofacial Biology, James DeLapp, in Restorative Dentistry, and Brad Potter, in radiology, all deserve our gratitude for their excellent questioning, and difficult decision making process. 


The school, and the local dental community, should be proud of the quality of the efforts of these students.

December 2013


Top Left: Kevin Hertich, Amanda Tompkins, Petros Yoon, Hooman Sereshki, David Currie

Bottom Left: James Michael Murphy, Manisha Makhija, Nikki Kumor

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