Kaigler Lab

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry

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ABOUT

The Kaigler Research Group has special interest in the development of tissue regenerative approaches to regenerate and engineer oral and maxillofacial tissues including: bone, gingiva, and tooth-related structures (periodontal ligament, dentin, dental pulp). The scope of our work ranges from fundamental studies at the molecular level to human investigations involving clinical trials. A central focus of our work aims to translate our basic research laboratory findings into clinical applications to help treat patients.

DIRECTOR

darnell kaigler

Darnell Kaigler, Jr, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Dentistry

dkaigler@umich.edu | 734-615-4023

Dr. Kaigler was the first person to complete a dual DDS/PhD degree (Oral Health Sciences) at the University of Michigan (U of M). Dr. Kaigler went on to receive additional clinical training at the U of M earning certificates in operative dentistry and periodontics. He also received advanced post-doctoral research training at the U of M earning an MS in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. Dr. Kaigler is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine (School of Dentistry) and Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering). He has an active research program where he is the director of a research laboratory and lead investigator of clinical trials. A central focus of his research group is the development and implementation of stem cell-based therapies for the regeneration of oral tissues. Outside of his research and teaching responsibilities at the U of M, Dr. Kaigler participates in patient care in a multi-specialty group practice in downtown Detroit. Dr. Kaigler is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and involved in a number of professional organizations, including currently serving as the President of the Midwest Society of Periodontology.

PUBLICATIONS

The most recent publications are reported below.

View the complete listing of publications.

TEAM

chen cao

Chen Cao
Research Fellow

cheery@umich.edu

Malika Malik

Malika Malik
DDS Student

mamalik@umich.edu

celia sommer

Celia Sommer, DMD, MPH
Periodontal Resident

cmsommer@umich.edu

Alex Dahlkemper

Alex Dahlkemper
DDS Student

adahlk@umich.edu

Jonathan Misch

Jonathan Misch
DDS Student

misch@umich.edu

LAB ALUMNI

Maggie Anderson
mtander@umich.edu

Gustavo Avila
gustavo-avila@uiowa.edu

Mona Bajestan
bajestan@umich.edu

Evan D'Silva
edsilva@umich.edu

Parminder Dulay
pdulay@umich.edu

Emily Eubanks
emeubank@umich.edu

Tyler Guinn
tjguinn@umich.edu

Elizabeth Hatfield
lizhat@umich.edu

Yadiel Kinfu

Alejandro Lanis
alejandrolanis@yahoo.com

Bart Maska
bmaska@umich.edu

Suzanne Mason
suemason7@gmail.com

Rick Miron
miron@umich.edu

Trang Nguyen
nvnt@umich.edu

Will Osibin
osibinwi@umich.edu

Giorgio Pagni
giorgio.pagni@gmail.com

Kelsie Pittel
kelsiep@umich.edu

Angeliki Polymeri
polyan@umich.edu

Archana Rajan
arch_rjn@yahoo.com

Sue Tarlé
starle@umich.edu

Shamima Yeasmin
yeasminshamima@yahoo.com

Duohong Zou
zouduohongyy@126.com

AWARDS

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Sigmund Socransky Young Investigator Award

American Association of Dental Research, 2013

Suzanne Mason receiving award

Graduate Student Research Forum Winner

Midwest Society for Periodontology, 2013

Suzanne Mason, awarded First Place Investigator Award for her project “Standardized Approach for Isolating Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Alveolar Bone”

Emily Eubanks receiving award

Grand Prize Research Winner

University of Michigan School of Dentistry Annual Research Day, 2013

Emily Eubanks, awarded Grand Prize for her project “Storage of 3rd Molars for Stem Cell Isolation and Expansion in Animal-Sera Free Media”

elizabeth hatfield

Basic Science and Research Winner

University of Michigan School of Dentistry Annual Research Day, 2016

Elizabeth Hatfield, awarded 3rd Place Winner for “Effects of long-term expansion on senescence and differentiation of dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs)”

Basic Science Research Award

3rd place winner, Elizabeth Hatfield, University of Michigan School of Dentistry Annual Research Day, 2016

Sigurd Ramfjord Symposium

1st place winner of Clinical Science award, Angeliki Polymeri, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 2016

Basic Science Research Award

Grand Prize Research winner, Andrei Taut, University of Michigan School of Dentistry Annual Research Day, 2015, D.D.S.

Sigurd Ramfjord Symposium

2nd place winner, Research Poster Presentation, Alejandro Lanis, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 2014

Basic Science Research Award

1st place winner, Emily Eubanks, University of Michigan School of Dentistry Annual Research Day, 2014

Henry M. Goldman Award for Best Research Project

Giorgio Pagni, Italian Society of Periodontology, 15th International Congress 2011

Journal of Dental Research Gies Award

Most Outstanding Manuscript in Biomaterials and Biotechnology Research, 2006

Abram and Sylvia Chasens Teaching and Research Award

American Academy Periodontology, 2006

Journal of Dental Research Gies Award

Most Outstanding Manuscript Biomaterials and Biotechnology Research, 2004

Most Outstanding Manuscript Award

Journal of Dental Education, 2001

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KAIGLER RESEARCH GROUP 'IN ACTION'

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KAIGLER RESEARCH GROUP WHEN NOT 'IN ACTION'

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celia sommer at conference
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CONTACT

Darnell Kaigler, Jr, DDS, MS, PhD
Principal Investigator

University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
Room 3305
1011 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078


734-615-4023
dkaigler@umich.edu

Chen Cao
Lab Manager

University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
Room 3310G
1011 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078


734-615-5302
cheery@umich.edu