Wanida Ono Lab

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry



Our laboratory’s goal is to understand mechanisms underlying tooth root and periodontium development, and tooth eruption. We use multiple genetically-engineered mice to study how populations of the dental follicle stem cells participate in the formation of tooth root and periodontal apparatus, and signaling associated with these processes.

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Wanida Ono, DDS, PhD, DMSc
Assistant Professor


Dr. Wanida Ono is a native of Thailand. She received her DDS degree from Chulalongkorn University in 2002, and spent two years working for the Royal Thai Navy as a dentist and a lieutenant junior grade. She received her PhD degree from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 2008. She came to the United States and worked as a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital before enrolling into the orthodontic residency and the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, which she completed in 2014. She received several prestigious awards, including 2013 American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Hatton Awards and 2014 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Harry Sicher Award. Dr. Ono came to Michigan with her husband, Dr. Noriaki Ono in 2014, and became an assistant professor in 2016.


View the complete list of publications of Dr. Wanida Ono.


Faculty member Isabelle Lombaert named IADR Salivary Researcher of the Year

Mizuki Nagata, a research fellow in the lab of Wanida Ono in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, received a second-place Hatton Award in the post-doctoral category for both AADR and IADR. Research Title...


Mizuki Nagata wins second place in post-doctoral category


mizuki nagata

Mizuki Nagata, DDS, PhD

Research Fellow

2012 - DDS, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
2017 - PhD, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
2017 - Clinical fellow in Dept. of Periodontology, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
2018 - Research fellow, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

I was born and raised in Japan, and then moved to the U.S. in 2018. My research interests are in areas of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and the development of teeth and periodontal tissue. I would like to figure out the dental stem cell dynamics and apply to regenerative therapy.

Nicha Tokavanich

Nicha Tokavanich, DDS

Visiting Scholar

I am a DDS, graduated from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand since 2016. I am interested in growth and development and currently in pursuing of Orthodontic residency in the United States. I am honor to have this opportunity and work in Ono lab. I am trying to get as much experience as possible as a visitor scholar here.

seth nye

Seth Nye, DDS

Orthodontic Resident

I am an Orthodontic resident in the class of 2021. Originally from Utah, I graduated from the Ohio State University with a DDS in 2018, and before that I graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a BS in Chemistry in 2014. My research experience includes CBCT and Micro CT evaluation of MRONJ affected bone in humans at Ohio State. Previous to that I worked in a research and development laboratory doing chemical analysis of products for mineral nutrition.

My wife Whitni and I have a two year old son, and we enjoy hiking, reading, downhill skiing, and exploring the beautiful state of Michigan. Even though we will probably root for Ohio State football forever, we are proud to be Wolverines and extremely lucky to be a part of the University of Michigan.

xiaoxia li

Xiaoxia Li, DDS

Visiting Scholar

My name is LI Xiaoxia, a PhD student from Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology. In the past few years, I have studied on dental stem cells and their potential application in treating diseases. Recently, I have been very interested in the molecular regulation of tooth root development and tooth eruption. I feel honored to join the Ono Lab as a short-term scholar, and will try my best to do a good job in the Ono group.


Akira Takahashi, DDS, PhD

Aditi Gupta, DDS


Wanida Ono Lab
1011 N University Ave, DENT 5211
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 764-5441
Email: wono@umich.edu