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Past Students

Barney Alfant

  • Lab assistant, completed a Master’s degree
  • Developed the project: “Evaluation of betalactamase production of Prevotella intermedia in different stages of biofilms”

Govinda Allin

  • Research assistant, majored in Health Science
  • Currently a dental student at UF
  • Assisted in clinical treatment, data collection and worked on an electronic versus manual charting project

Jennifer Alvarez

  • Research assistant, majored in Health Science
  • Currently a dental student at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Assisted in clinical treatment and data collection and organization of diabetes and aggressive periodontitis projects

Kellie Bateman

  • Pre-dental student, majored in Nutritional Sciences
  • Assisted in the analysis of nutritional data
  • Currently applying for Dental School

Dennis Beliveau

  • Graduated UF dental school in 2013
  • Worked on a project investigating the role early use of antibiotics in periodontal treatment in African-American children with localized aggressive periodontitis
  • Published his research in a peer-reviewed journal and presented his results at an international conference

Suzanna Bonard

  • Research assistant, majored in Nutritional Sciences
  • Currently a dental student at UF
  • Assisted in clinical treatment, data collection and organization of two research studies

Norbert Camacho

  • Pre-doctoral summer research student, majored in Microbiology
  • Worked on the project “Evaluation of biofilm resistance under different antibiotic treatments” and presented results at the IADR conference

Juliana Correal

  • Graduated UF dental school
  • Worked on data analysis for the project “Effects of periodontal therapy on metabolic control of type II diabetic patients”
  • Awarded the Florida Association of Periodontists award for excellence in Periodontology during her junior year
  • Currently applying for Periodontology residency program

Tejan Elmariah

  • Dental student at UF
  • Assisted with the family/genetic data in aggressive periodontitis in children

Nedi Gouw

  • Dental student from the Netherlands
  • Worked on biofilm detection on new obturation materials
  • Graduated from dental school in 2011

Anne Green

  • Pre-doctoral summer research student, graduated UF dental school
  • Worked on the project “Evaluation of betalactamase production of Prevotella intermedia in different stages of biofilms” and presented a poster at the 2006 IADR

Giovana Gomes

  • Dental student from Brazil
  • Co-mentored her project: “Clinical evaluation of the association of a triclosan gel with scaling and root planning. Initial results”
  • Published her paper and received her certificate in Periodontology
  • Currently practicing Periodontology in her private practice in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Nina Guba

  • Current UF College of Dentistry student
  • Worked on a project investigating the cytokine response to stimulation of toll-like receptors in African American children with localized aggressive periodontitis
  • Presented the results from her project at two international conferences and received awards for her work

Farid Hamidzadeh

  • Graduated UF dental school in 2012
  • Worked on a retrospective study on risk factors for progression of periodontal diseases

Kendrah Harper

  • Dental hygenist, currently a dental student at UF
  • Assisted with dental hygiene for children in with aggressive periodontitis in Tallahassee

Julia-Ann Hu

  • Pre-dental student
  • Analyzed cytokine levels of African American children with aggressive periodontitis
  • Compiled statistical analyses comparing primary and permanent dentition immune response

Stephan Javaheri

  • Dental student at LECOM, majored in Nutritional Sciences
  • Assisted in data collection and organization

Karla Kontax

  • Pre-doctoral summer research student, graduated UF dental school n 2010
  • Worked on the levels of MMPs in patients with and without chronic periodontitis

Irina Laruso

  • Dental student from Brazil
  • Mentored her in developing her project: “The effect of Carisolv system on periodontal scaling and root planing”
  • Presented her project in a dental meeting in Brazil and is now practicing Periodontology in a private practice, in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Adam Lau

  • Dental student at LECOM, majored in Nutritional Sciences
  • Evaluated the effects of nutrition in aggressive periodontitis in children

Katherine Maldonado

  • Graduated UF dental school
  • Worked on the project “The role of Local and systemic inflammatory response in Periodontal disease of Type II Diabetic patients”
  • Recipient of Quintessence award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics
  • Accepted in the Navy Periodontology residency program in San Antonio

Samuel Mesa

  • Pre-dental student
  • Assisted in research projects
  • Currently applying to dental school

Christine Nguyen

  • Majored in Microbiology
  • Worked on microbiological data and PCR for aggressive periodontitis project
  • Currently applying to dental school

Lorraine Nitisusanta

  • Dental student from the Netherlands
  • Worked on biofilm detection on new obturation materials
  • Graduated from dental school in 2011

Pooja Patel

  • Pre-dental undergraduate student, majoring in Biology
  • Currently assisting with clinical treatment and lab assays

Lina Ramirez

  • Current UF College of Dentistry student
  • Worked on a project comparing the cytokine response to bacterial stimulation of toll-like receptor (TLR-4) in African-American children with localized aggressive periodontitis and their matched healthy controls

Sophia Resposo

  • Pre-doctoral summer research student, majored in Biochemistry
  • Graduated UF dental school in 2011
  • Worked on the project “Evaluation of biofilm growth and resistance to antibiotics in plaque samples collected before and alter scaling and root planing” and presented the results at the 2008 AADR conference in Dallas

Gaby Slement

  • Pre-dental undergraduate student, majored in Microbiology
  • Graduated UF dental school in 2012
  • Worked on microbiological data and PCR of aggressive periodontitis project

Matt Sheldon

  • Pre-dental undergraduate student
  • Worked on developing a project on periodontal disease biofilm growth and perpetuation
  • Currently applying to dental school

Ashley Smith

  • Pre-dental undergraduate student, majored in Nutrition Sciences
  • Worked on clinical data for a paper submitted
  • Currently applying to dental school

William Spencer

  • Current UF College of Dentistry student
  • Pre-doctoral summer research student

Alline Teles

  • Dental Hygienist in private practice
  • Interested in pursuing a master’s degree in public health
  • Assisted in clinical treatment

Tedra Thomas

  • Pre-doctoral summer research student
  • Graduated UF dental school
  • Worked on the project “Evaluation of resistance genes to tetracycline in biofilm growing bacteria”

Jeffrey Tobler

  • Research assistant, majored in Japanese, completed a master’s thesis
  • Graduated UF dental school in 2012
  • Worked on developing the project “Diabetes development and periodontal biofilms: study in mice, presented several posters” and is a co-author on 2 papers

Adam Wallum

  • Pre-dental undergraduate student, majored in Biology
  • Currently a dental student in LECOM
  • Assisted in analysing clinical data

Sarah Whitmore

  • Majored in Psychology
  • Assisted in clinical treatment, data collection and project management
  • Enrolled in a master’s program in Health Sciences at UF

Cassandra Winterrowd

  • Pre-dental undergraduate student, majoring in Nutritional Sciences
  • Currently assisting with clinical data input
  • Accepted into dental school

Linda Yang

  • Dental student at UF, majored in Veterinary Sciences
  • Worked on the effects of different antibiotics on periodontal biofilm formation
  • Presented a poster at two research conferences