Research Day 2022

An annual celebration of the cutting-edge research at the School of Dentistry including a keynote, poster presentations, and awards

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Research Day is planned as an in-person indoor event. Proof of vaccination and/or successful screening check via the ResponsiBlue app will be a requirement for attendance.

Research Day Booklet

Vaccination Policy for indoor events:

Guests and Exhibitors will need to show an official, government-issued vaccination card (or image) that lists the guest’s name and dates the last dose was administered.

Attendees will need to complete the ResponsiBLUE screening and display the app at check-in. The screening is valid for 24 hours.

  • Guests can access ResponsiBLUE through the website link or the app link.
    • If you use the website, please print out the page before arriving.
    • If you use the app, you will be asked to show your green checkmark at the door. We recommend taking a screenshot to ensure that your checkmark is saved.
  • Students, Faculty, and Staff will need to display the ResponsiBLUE app at check-in to confirm compliance with the requirement.

The University of Michigan requires masks for all indoor events, regardless of vaccination status. We will have masks available for those who do not have one.


Time Event Location
10:30am - 12:00pm Poster and Exhibit Session 1
Morning Session Poster List
Michigan League 2nd Floor
1:00pm - 2:00pm Keynote Presentation School of Dentistry - Kellogg Auditorium
2:30pm - 4:00pm Poster and Exhibit Session 2
Afternoon Session Poster List
Michigan League 2nd Floor


"Oral Health for All: Opportunities for Improvement and Understanding."

Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, DDS, PhD

Deputy Director - National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Dr. Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque is the deputy director of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health. An accomplished clinician, researcher, and leader, Dr. Webster-Cyriaque had previously served as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina (UNC) schools of dentistry and medicine for more than two decades.

As a tenured full professor at UNC, Dr. Webster-Cyriaque also served as the attending on clinical service at the UNC Hospital’s dental clinic. While there, she led research into a potential etiologic agent for salivary gland disease in patients living with HIV, assessed the oral microbiome and its implications for cancer-causing viruses, and studied the impact of the oral microbiome and oral health on HIV outcomes.

In addition to her research, Dr. Webster-Cyriaque has held leadership roles as the chair/vice chair of the Oral HIV/AIDS Research Alliance, as research director at the National Dental Association Foundation, as director of postdoctoral CTSA training, along with multiple roles within the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research and the International Association for Dental Research. Since 2004, she has led the UNC Malawi project and provided assistance in founding Malawi’s first dental school in 2019. Dr. Webster-Cyriaque earned her PhD in microbiology/immunology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1998, her DDS from SUNY Buffalo in 1992, and her BA in biology and interdisciplinary social science from SUNY Buffalo in 1988.

Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque
Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, DDS, PhD
Dentistry News Article: Annual Research Day Returns to In-person on Feb 17 Features Keynote Address By NIDCR Deputy Director
Dentistry News Article Annual Research Day Returns to In-person on Feb 17 Features Keynote Address By NIDCR Deputy Director

Thank You, Sponsors & Exhibitors

Please visit exhibitors during the Poster and Exhibit Sessions.

Corporate Sponsors

Maize Sponsors

Poster Session & Judging

2022 Research Day Poster List

Presenters & Judges:

Presentation Info:

Judging Criteria

Awards and Eligibility for 2022 Research Day Competition

Category & Eligibility Category 1
Clinical, Public Health, Behavioral and Education Research
Category 2
Basic Science Research and Translational Science
Degree Seeking students: DDS, Hygiene, Masters and Undergrad students 1st - 3rd Place Awards 1st - 3rd Place Awards
PhD Students (DDS/PhD), Postdoctoral Trainees and Staff 1st - 3rd Place Awards 1st - 3rd Place Awards
SCADA/Dentsply Award
Eligibility - D1, D2 or D3 or DDS/PhD only
1st Place - Goes to top ranked score of current DDS or DDS/PhD eligible student
Award: Expenses paid for presenting at AADR (membership, registration, hotel, flight)
AADR Student Travel Award: Enrolled student who has an approved abstract to present at AADR Top Research Day Finalist who is also traveling to present at AADR/IADR in 2022
Travel support
Dental Hygiene Awards 1st and 2nd place Award plus Table clinic Award

Research Day 2022 will be an in-person poster session on Thursday, February 17th.

Location will be Michigan League - 2nd floor.


SCADA Winner

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Ben Swanson (Co-Presenter: Lindsey Douglas) 1st DDS/PHD Student Yuji Mishina Towards Regeneration of the Cranial Suture: Pore Curvature Regulates Mesenchymal Stem Cell Fate in Macroporous Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

AADR Travel Award

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Ligia Buloto Schmitd 1st PhD Student Nisha D’Silva Oral Cancer-Associated Nerve Injury Stimulates Axonogenesis

DDS, DH, MS, Undergraduate

  Clinical Research and Public Health

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Linda Liu 1st DDS – D4 Livia Tenuta Improving Oral Fluoride Retention by Chewing Calcium Supplements Before a Fluoride Rinse
Brianna Kosecki 2nd DDS – D3 Hera Kim-Berman Virtual Reality and Multiplanar Methods for Learning Anatomy and Radiology
Christopher Oshana 3rd Undergrad Margherita Fontana Investigating Reasons for Cavitated Lesion Withdrawal from a Phase III RCT on SDF

  Basic Science & Translational Research

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Gefei Wang 1st DDS-D4 Lynn Johnson Insights About Oral Hygiene Habit Forming Apps
Andrew Chen/Samhita Sunkara (Co-Presenter) 2nd DDS-D2 Livia Tenuta Kinetics of pH Drop in S. Mutans Cultures Using Different Media
Ritu Somayaji 3rd Undergrad LS&A Jacques Nor Bmi-1 Modulates Head and Neck Cancer Stemness and Response to Cisplatin

PhD, Post Doc, Faculty, Staff

  Clinical Research and Public Health

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Dishant Patel 1st Staff Romesh Nalliah Funding Trends in The Ongoing Dental Clinical Trials of the USA
Najla Al Turkestani 2nd PhD Student Lucia Cevidanes Quantitative Assessment of Temporomandibular Joint Osteoarthritis Progression
Marwa Baraka 3rd Staff Margherita Fontana Effectiveness of 38% SDF with or without KI In Indirect Pulp Capping of Young Permanent Molars

  Basic Science & Translational Research

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Ligia Buloto Schmitd 1st PhD Student Nisha D’Silva Oral Cancer-Associated Nerve Injury Stimulates Axonogenesis
Noam Gannot 2nd PhD Student Peng Li The Heterogeneous Respiratory Function of Neurons in the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract
Lena Batoon 3rd Postdoc Laurie McCauley Macrophage Efferocytosis of Apoptotic Osteoblast Induce Bone Formation

Dental Hygiene

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Meg Crowley and Katelyn Mulawa 1st DH-4 Dr. Dani Rulli Oral Health Knowledge and Attitudes of Online Nurse Practitioner Students: A Pilot Study
Natalie Schieberl, Asma Siddique, and Casie Tanner 2nd DH-4 Stefanie VanDuine Assessing How Fixed Dental Prostheses Impact Diet in Adults: A Cross-Sectional, Mixed-Methods Study
Justin Curis and Sonia Gazi Table Clinic DH-4 Valerie Nieto The Inflammatory Mediators Effect on Systemic Conditions: A Review of the Literature

Jan's Prize Award

Name Title
Sema Hakki Visiting Professor

Distinguished Faculty Award

Name Title
Yuji Mishina Professor of Dentistry

Research Staff Recognition Award

Name Title
Amy Watson OHS Master’s Program Coordinator

Research Day Nominated Awards

Due January 15th



Abstract Submission

Please note: Abstract submission is closed for 2022

Abstract Submission Eligibility

If an abstract is submitted, the presenter(s) are committing to presenting a poster of the titled abstract at Research Day 2022 (February 17).

Note: Judging eligibility and process has been changed for 2022

Information required for the abstract submission includes:

Research Categories

Please keep in mind that the category you select during the application process is the category in which you will be judged. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your faculty advisor for advice on the best placement of your research.

  1. Clinical, Public Health, Behavioral and Education Research: focus on clinical research questions in general dentistry or one of the clinical dental specialties and may focus on diagnostic approaches, interventions and/or prevention and/or may evaluate clinical techniques, materials or devices directly related to oral health care. This category also includes educational research, epidemiology, public health, community-based, and/or public policy research.
  2. Basic Science and Translational Research: generally hypothesis-driven projects involving some aspect of basic or translational sciences. Translational research pertains to studies that investigate the application of basic science findings to clinical situations. Research in this category may address a technique or method involving a biological or physical science.