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About Us

Center for Dental Research

The CDR was established in 1999 and seeks to fulfill Loma Linda University’s mission “to make man whole” through the following objectives:

  • Pursue the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Dentistry.
  • Conduct high quality, funded research in dental, clinical, and the basic sciences.
  • Create an environment conducive to research for faculty and students of the School of Dentistry.
  • Provide education and guidance to faculty and students in the development of dental research expertise.

Board of Directors

The CDR is overseen by our Director, Yiming Li, DDS, MSD, PhD as well as a nine-member Board of Directors that meets quarterly to review policies, evaluate performance, and define strategic plans for the CDR.

  • Yiming Li (Chairman), DDS, MSD, PhD. Professor and Director, Center for Dental Research, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
     
  • Leif Bakland, DDS. Professor, Department of Endodontics, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
     
  • Joseph Caruso, DDS, MS, MPH.  Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Faculty Practices, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry; Chair, Orthodontics; Professor, Orthodontics
     
  • Charles Goodacre, DDS, MSD. Professor, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
  • Robert Kiger, DDS, MS. Chief, Dental Service, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System; Professor, Department of Periodontics, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
  • Joni Stephens, EdS, RDH. Professor, Department of Dental Hygiene, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
     
  • Mahmoud Torabinejad, DMD, MSD, PhD. Professor and Program Director of Endodontics, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
     

Faculty

The CDR is staffed by a team of experienced and highly respected researchers who provide support and assistance to both faculty and student researchers.

CDR Research Faculty

  • Yiming Li, DDS, MSD, PhD, Associate Dean for Research; Director, Center for Dental Research; Professor, Restorative Dentistry, Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
  • Sean Lee, DDS, Director, Clinical Research, Center for Dental Research; Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Clyde Roggenkamp, DDS, MSD, MPH, Biomaterials Research Laboratory, Center for Dental Research; Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Rodrigo Viecilli, DDS, PhD. Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Center for Dental Research; Associate Professor, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Wu Zhang, MD, Director, Research Services, Center for Dental Research; Professor, Dental Education Services
  • So Ran Kwon, DDS, MS, PhD, MS, Associate Professor-Program Director, Dental Education Services; Center for Dental Research

Faculty with CDR Appointment

  • Lancelot McLean, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Dental Education Services
  • Ahmed Khocht, DDS, MSD, Professor of Periodontology, Pre-doctoral Program Director, Department of Periodontics
  • Dwight Rice, DDS. Associate Professor, Department of Oral Diagnosis, Radiology and Pathology
  • Shelley Withers, MS, RDH. Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Hygiene
  • Montry S. Suprono, DDS, MSD, FACP, Assistant Professor, Division of General Dentistry; Center for Dental Research

Faculty Conducting Research in Departments

  • Leif Bakland, DDS Professor, Endodontics
  • Jung-Wei Chen, DDS, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics
  • Charles Goodacre, DDS, MSD, Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Robert Handysides, DDS, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Endodontics
  • Alan Herford, DDS, MD, Associate Professor, Surgery, Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Joseph Kan, DDS, MS, Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Yoon Kim, DDS, MS Associate Professor, Periodontics
  • Jaime Lozada, DDS, Professor, Restorative Dentistry, Director, Graduate Programs, Restorative Dentistry, Oral Implant Dentistry
  • Thomas Rogers, DDS, MA, Associate Professor, Dental Education Services
  • Holli Riter, DDS, Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Mahmoud Torabinejad, DMD, MSD, PhD, Professor, Endodontics

Research Associates

  • Raydolfo Aprecio, OD, BS, Research Associate, Center for Dental Research
  • Zhe Zhong, DDS, PhD, Postdoctoral FEllow, Research Assocaite, Center for Dental Research

Visiting Scholars

  • Danying Tao, DDS, MS, Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Stomatology
  • Yanli Shi, Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University School of Stomatology