McCauley-Roca Lab

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry



McCauley-Roca Lab's research interests:



Laurie K. McCauley, DDS, MS, PhD

William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor
Dean, U-M School of Dentistry

Curriculum Vitae

Laurie K. McCauley is the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor and Dean of the School of Dentistry, and Professor in the Department of Pathology at the Medical School at the University of Michigan. Dr. McCauley earned her B.S., D.D.S., M.S. and Ph.D. (Veterinary Pathobiology) all from The Ohio State University. She has had several visiting scientist/professor appointments including the Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. McCauley is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a former council member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), former Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR), a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, and also served on the National Institutes of Health, National Advisory Dental & Craniofacial Research Council. For more than twenty years, Dr. McCauley has led an active research program in hormonal controls of bone remodeling, parathyroid hormone anabolic actions in bone, and prostate cancer skeletal metastasis. Among her many recognitions are the inaugural Paula Stern Achievement award from the ASBMR, a distinguished scientist award from the International Association for Dental Research, The Ohio State College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumnus award, and membership in the National Academy of Medicine.



Mineralized Tissues in Oral and Craniofacial Science: Biological Principles and Clinical Correlates

Laurie K. McCauley (Editor), Martha J. Somerman (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-95833-9
392 pages
June 2012, Wiley-Blackwell


The most recent publications are reported below.

View the complete listing of publications.

Unique Pro-Inflammatory Response of Macrophages during Apoptotic Cancer Cell Clearance

2020; Cells; Mendoza-Reinoso, V. | Baek, DY | Kurutz, A. | Rubin, JR | Koh, AJ | McCauley, LK | Roca, H


hernan roca

Hernan Roca, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist

amy koh

Amy Koh
Research Lab Specialist Lead

leidy veronica mendoza reinoso

Leidy Veronica Mendoza-Reinoso*
*Nominated Outstanding Research Mentor Award for UROP

laura zweifler

Laura Zweifler
OHS PhD Student

raha kanaan

Raha Kannan
BME PhD Student

ron rubin

Ron Rubin
Structural Chemist, Retired Volunteer

justin do

Justin Do
Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Adrianne Kurutz
UROP Student

Dianne Baek

Dianne Baek
Undergraduate Student


Alumni PhD Students

Hen-Li Chen, DDS, MS, PhD – Associate Professor, National Yang-Ming University, Institute of Oral Biology, Taipei, Taiwan

Burak Demiralp, DDS, PhD – Associate Professor, Dept. of Periodontology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey 

Tolga Tozum, DDS, PhD – Associate Professor, Dept. of Periodontics, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL

Abraham Schnieder, DDS, PhD – Associate Professor, University of Maryland, NIH

Glenda Pettway, PhD – Scientist at Kimberly Clark Corporation, Atlanta, GA

Chad Novince, DDS, MS, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina

Fabiana Soki, DDS, PhD - Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics, Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan

Megan Michalski, DDS, PhD - Post-Doc, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MI

Alumni Post-Doctoral Fellows

Kristiann Dougherty, DDS, PhD - Professor of Biology, The School of Arts and Sciences Biology (UG), Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach, FL

Junro Yamashita, DDS, PhD – Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Fukuoka Dental College, Fukuoka, Japan

Jinhui Liao, PhD – Reseaerch Associate, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Flavia Pirih, DDS, PhD – Associate Professor, Director of the Pre-doctoral Program in the Section of Periodontics, Associated Clinical Specialties, School of Dentistry, UCLA

Xin Li, DDS, PhD – Assistant Professor, Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, NYU

Sun Wook Cho, MD, PhD – Assistant professor, Department of Endocrinology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea

Serkin Park – Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

Saja Al-Dujaili, PhD - Senior Scientific Affairs Associate, Baylis Medical Company, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jacqueline Jones-Triche, PhD - Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Troy University

Xiaobing Jin, MD, PhD – Pathology Resident, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Alumni Master's Students

Dr. Dale Sweeney, DDS, MS – Periodontist, Port Huron, MI

Dr. Alan Padbury, DDS, MS – Periodontist, Padbury & Padbury Periodontics, Jackson, MI

Dr. Jill Bashutski, DDS, MS - Clinical Assistant Professor, POM, U of M, School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Flavia Pirih, DDS, MS, PhD – Associate Professor, Director of the Pre-doctoral Program in the Section of Periodontics, Associated Clinical Specialties, School of Dentistry, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Jia Chang, DDS, MS, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontology, University of Florida College of Dentistry, Gainsville, FL

Other Alumni

Rahime Nohutcu – Faculty of Dentistry, Dept. of Periodontology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Nabanita Datta – Associate Professor, Div. of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Janice Berry – Retired, University of Michigan Office of Research, d. 2/4/16

Payam Entezami, MS, MD - Resident Physician, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Naomi Lin – Acute Care Occupational Therapist, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, TX

Kevin Hsiao - Sydney, Australia

Savannah Weidner - Physician Assistant student, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Marta Puricade – Patient Care Technician, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Children’s Mott Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Anna Seydel – Student @ School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI





McCauley-Roca Lab
1011 N. University, Room 3328
Ann Arbor, MI 48109