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.

Meet our team

The Center for Dental Research (CDR) is staffed by a team of highly experienced and respected researchers who provide assistance and support to both faculty and student research.

CDR Research Faculty

  • Montry Suprono, DDS, MSD. Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry; Director, Center for Dental Research
  • Yiming Li, DDS, MSD, PhD. Associate Dean for Research; Distinguished Professor, Restorative Dentistry (School of Dentistry) and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (School of Medicine)
  • So Ran Kwon, DDS, MS, PhD, MS. Professor, Dental Education Services; Director, Student Research
  • Wu Zhang, MD. Professor, Dental Education Services; Director, Research Services, Center for Dental Research
  • Roberto Savignano, MS, PhD. Assistant Professor, Dental Educational Services
  • Zhe Zhong, DDS, PhD. Assistant Professor, Dental Educational Services

Faculty with CDR Appointment

  • Ahmed Khocht, DDS, MSD. Professor, Periodontics
  • Dwight Rice, DDS. Professor, Oral Diagnosis, Radiology and Pathology
  • Thomas Rogers, DDS, MA. Professor, Dental Educational Services
  • Clyde Roggenkamp, MA, DDS, MSD, MPH. Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Shelley Withers, MS, RDH. Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene

Faculty Conducting Research in Departments

  • Leif Bakland, DDS. Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Endodontics
  • Joseph Caruso, DDS, MS, MPH. Distinguished Professor, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Jung-Wei Chen, DDS, MS, PhD. Professor; Director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Charles Goodacre, DDS, MSD. Distinguished Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Brian Goodacre, DDS, MSD. Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Alan Herford, DDS, MD. Professor and Chair, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Joseph Kan, DDS, MS. Professor, Implant Dentistry
  • Yoon Kim, DDS, MS Associate Professor, Periodontics
  • Jaime Lozada, DDS. Professor; Director, Advanced Education Program in Implant Dentistry
  • Mahmoud Torabinejad, DMD, MSD, PhD. Adjunct Professor, Endodontics

Adjunct Faculty

  • Sean Lee, DDS. Adjunct Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Rodrigo Viecilli, DDS, PhD. Adjunct Associate Professor, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Research Associates

  • Abu Ahmed, MS, PhD
  • Raydolfo Aprecio, OD, BS
  • Gina D. Roque-Torres, DDS, MSc, PhD

Visiting Scholars

  • Ai Tian, DDS. Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Guiyang Medical University of Stomatology Guizhou, China
  • Yooseok Shin, DDS. Associate Professor of Conservative Dentistry, Yonsei University College of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea