BMS Graduate Faculty
The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is comprised of faculty from the Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) as well as faculty scientists from other departments at Baylor College of Dentistry and other research and educational institutions throughout the Dallas area.
Areas of specialization are shown in italics.
Ibtisam H. Al-Hashimi, Associate Professor (Periodontics), B.D.S., University of Baghdad; M.S., State University of New York at Buffalo; Ph.D., Ibid. Cell-molecular biology of salivary gland function and dysfunction.
Larry L. Bellinger, Professor (BMS), B.S., University of California, Ph.D., Ibid. Neuroendocrine control of food intake and body weight; effect of the putative anorectic satietin on feeding behavior and body weight; effect of imbalanced amino acid diets on feeding behavior; liver transplantation in rats and effects on meal patterns.
M. Douglas Benson, Assistant Professor (BMS), B.S. Cornell University; M.S., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Ibid. Axonal regeneration in spinal cord injury.
Peter H. Buschang, Professor (Orthodontics), B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Ph.D., Ibid; Postdoctoral, University of Connecticut. Mathematical modeling of craniofacial growth and development; treatment effects.
Yi-Shing (Lisa) Cheng, Associate Professor (Diagnostic Sciences), D.D.S., School of Dentistry, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan; M.S., Ph.D., Baylor University; Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Baylor College of Dentistry. Oral cancer research.
Paul C. Dechow, Professor & Chair (BMS), B.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Chicago; Postdoctoral, University of Michigan. Growth, adaptation, and biomechanics of the masticatory complex; physical properties of bone and muscle.
Rena N. D'Souza, Professor (BMS), B.D.S., University of Bombay; D.D.S. , University of Texas Health Science Center, Dental Branch; M.S., University of Texas Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Ph.D., Ibid. Developmental biology and genetics; Craniofacial patterning; morphogenesis and stem cell-mediated tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Jerry Feng, Professor (BMS), B.S., University of Qindao, Medical College, China; M.S., Ibid, Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Signaling and regulatory agents in tooth formation and mineralization.
Gerald N. Glickman, Professor and Chair (Endodontics), B.S., Ohio State University; M.S., University of Kentucky; D.D.S., Ohio State University College of Dentistry; Certificate in General Practice Residency, University of Florida College of Dentistry. New technology in endodontic treatment, educational research, outcomes assessment.
Jay C. Groppe, Associate Professor (BMS), B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Ibid. Assembly of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling complexes; Inhibition of BMP signaling by secreted antagonists [Ligand Traps and small moleculaes (ATP Analog Kinase Inhibitors)].
Jianing (Jenny) He, Assistant Professor (Endodontics), M.D.S., West China University of Medicine Sciences, Chingdu, China; Certificate in Endodontics & Ph.D., University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Inflammation, bone biology and regeneration, treatment outcome.
Robert J. Hinton, Professor (BMS), B.S., University of Tennessee; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Ibid, Postdoctoral, University of Michigan. Structure, function, growth, adaptation, and disease of the condylar cartilage.
Allen L. Honeyman, Associate Professor (BMS), B.S., Kansas State University; Ph.D., University of Kansas. Bacterial genetics, oral microbial flora, bacteriology.
Bob Hutchins, Associate Professor (BMS), B.S., Eastern Illinois University, M.B.A., Ibid; Ph.D., Tulane University. Neuroscience; vision; central pain system and its modulation within the trigeminal system.
Harvey P. Kessler, Professor (Diagnostic Sciences), D.D.S., University of Maryland School of Dentistry; M.S., George Washington University; diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology; Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine. Odontogenic neoplasms, salivary gland neoplasms, relationship of odontogenic and salivary gland neoplasms to skin adnexal neoplasms, genetic mechanisms associated with tumor genesis.
Phillip R. Kramer, Associate Professor (BMS), B.S., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Understanding and utilization of molecular mechanisms related to oral facial pain and inflammation with the goal of ameliorating disorders of the oral facial complex.
Xiaohua Liu, Assistant Professor (BMS), B.E., Ph.D., Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Biomaterials, biomimetic scaffolds, bone tissue engineering, nanotechnology, drug delivery, cell-material interaction.
Yongbo (Bob) Lu, Assistant Professor (BMS), M.D., M.S., Qingdao Medical College, Shandong, China; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City. Studies of tooth morphogenesis, roles of Wnt/β-catenin signaling, FGF signaling, as well as transcription factors Runx2 and Twist1, in odontogenesis.
Ann McCann, Associate Professor (Dental Hygiene), B.S., University of Michigan School of Dentistry, M.S., Mercy College of Detroit, Ph.D., University of Nebraska. Educational research, assessment of learning, leadership, survey research.
Gabriele Mues, Assistant Professor (BMS), M.D., Dr. med., University of Essen, Germany; Dipl. Psych., University of Bochum, Germany. Congenital dental/craniofacial anomalies.
Lynne A. Opperman, Professor (BMS), B.Sc., Ph.D., University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). Cranial and facial suture morphogenesis, growth and repair; bone biology and bioengineering; translational research and technology development.
Ragunath Puttaiah, Associate Professor (Diagnostic Sciences), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), University of Mysore, India; MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Exploratory and translational research on Environmental Biofilms and its impact on devices used in patient care; effects of antimicrobials and modifying agents on environmentaland oral biofilms.
Chunlin Qin, Associate Professor (BMS), D.D.S., Harbin Medical University School of Dentistry, China, M.S., Ibid, Ph.D., Okayama University Graduate School of Dentistry, Japan. Molecular mechanisms associated with osteogenesis and dentinogenesis; tooth matrix biology; function of candidate genes for dentinogenesis imperfecta.
Louis-Bruno Ruest, Assistant Professor (BMS), B.Sc, University of Sherbrooke, Canada; Ph.D., McGill University, Canada. Function of endothelin-A receptor signaling in neural crest cells during craniofacial and cardiovascular development.
Emet Schneiderman, Associate Professor (BMS), B.A., M.A., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Michigan. Craniofacial biology; use of digital imaging and biostatistics to illuminate growth and development of the facial skeleton; educational research.
Robert Spears, Associate Professor (BMS), B.S., Texas A&M University, M.S., Baylor College of Dentistry. Pain/inflammation of the TMJ; electron microscopy.
Kathy K. H. Svoboda, Professor (BMS), B.S., University of Nebraska; M.S., University of Nebraska Medical Center; Ph.D., Ibid., Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard Medical School. Cell-matrix interactions and signal transduction in craniofacial tissues (cornea, palate, gingival fibroblasts, and cartilage.
Reginald Taylor, Associate Professor (Orthodontics), B.S., Xavier University of Louisiana; D.M.D., D.M.Sc., Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Orthodontics/the organization and development of the extracellular matrix of craniofacial structures.
Venu Varanasi, Assistant Professor (B.S.), B.S., University South Florida; M.S., University of Florida; Ph.D., Ibid. Tissue engineering and nano-scale fabrication of bioactive glasses and ceramics.
John Wright, Professor and Chair (Diagnostic Sciences), D.D.S., West Virginia University; M.S., Indiana University; Diplomate, American Board of Oral Pathology; Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine. Odontogenic cysts and tumors, oral cancer and precancer, stomatitis.
TAM Health Science Center - Institute for Biosciences and Technology (Houston)Fen Wang, Ph.D.
Baylor Institute for Immunology Research (Dallas)
Damien Chassabel, Ph.D.
Anna K. Palucka, Ph.D.
Maria Virginia Pascual, Ph.D.
UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)
Eric Olson, Ph.D.
Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas)
Joseph T. Newman, Ph.D.
International Craniofacial Institute and Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center (Dallas)David Genecov, M.D.
Kenneth Salyer, M.D.University of Texas Health Science Center, Dental School (San Antonio)
Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (Dallas)
Mikhail L. Samchukov, M.D