Opperman named president-elect of American Association of Anatomists
Opperman, who will assume the presidency in 2013, has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the organization through service as the board of directors’ program co-chair.
“I will focus my tenure in the AAA leadership on promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration and highlighting the critical roles for anatomy and morphology in furthering our knowledge of development, genetics, physiology, medicine and dentistry,” says Opperman. “These core areas provide a solid foundation for anchoring rapidly expanding fields such as bioengineering, computational biology, genomics and proteomics.”
Opperman is well prepared for her leadership role, as she has been principal investigator on numerous research grants and has published more than 70 peer‐reviewed scientific papers and four book chapters. A past president of the Craniofacial Biology Group for the International Association for Dental Research, Opperman serves on the editorial board of AAA’s journal Developmental Dynamics and the online journal Frontiers in Craniofacial Biology. She also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and the Journal of Experimental Biology and Medicine and is a member of the scientific advisory committee for the Journal of Endodontics.
Her basic science research interests are in craniofacial growth and development, intramembranous bone growth, and molecular regulation of craniofacial suture development and morphogenesis. Her translational research achievements include development of a new distraction osteogenesis device protected by several patents. “I am honored to have been named president-elect of such a venerable and prestigious scientific organization as the American Association of Anatomists,” Opperman says. “I believe my election reflects the quality environments contributing to my training and employment: my alma mater — the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa — and especially the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.
“I will be assuming the presidency the year the AAA celebrates its 125th anniversary, a great time for reflection on the society’s illustrious past and for looking to an exciting future,” she says.