CCTCR Research Faculty

Augusta University Dental College of Georgia is dedicated to basic and applied scientific research to promote oral and systemic health.  Our research faculty have expertise in laboratory and clinical analysis which lead to a wide array of scientific innovations. 

Full Time Research Faculty

photo of Rafik Abdelsayed

*DDS; 1993; Indiana University - Purdue University *MS; 1990; Indiana University - Purdue University *BDS; 1980; Cairo University *

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Research Keywords

  • Precancerous lesions
  • oral cancer
photo of Worku Abebe

*PHD; 1990; University of British Columbia *MS; 1981; University of Bradford *BS; 1974; Haile Selassie I University *

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Research Keywords

  • diabetes
  • vascular biology
  • lipid signaling mediators
  • dental materials
  • taurine
  • adenosine
  • herbal medicine
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Mohamed Al-Shabrawey

*PHD; 1999; Mansoura University *MBCHB; 1989; Mansoura University *MS; 1994; Mansoura University *

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Research Keywords

  • Diabetic retinopathy
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Roger Arce

*PHD; 2011; University of North Carolina *DDS; 2000; La Universidad del Valle *MS; 2006; La Universidad del Valle *

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Research Keywords

  • periodontal disease
  • systemic diseases
  • dental implants
  • periodontal research
  • dental education
photo of Babak Baban

*PHD; 1998; University of London *MBA; 2008; Augusta State University *MS; 1992; Tehran Univ of Medical Science *BS; 1989; Urmia University *

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Research Keywords

  • immunoregulation
  • Tregs
  • inflammation
  • stem cells
  • tolerance
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*DDS; 2002; University of Nebraska Medical *MS; 1991; Indiana University - Purdue Univeristy*

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Research Keywords

  • biomaterials
  • clinical restorations
  • biocompatibility
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*DMD; 2005; Medical College of Georgia *BS; 2000; Newberry College*

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Research Keywords

  • cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)
  • radiology
  • digital imaging
  • disinfection
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*PHD; 1990; Emory University *DDS; 1986; Emory University *BS; 1982; Florida Atlantic University*

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Research Keywords

  • dendritic cells
  • periodontitis
  • peri-implantitis
  • perio-systemic
  • biomarkers
photo of Ahmed El-Marakby

*PHD; 2004; Medical College of Georgia *MS; 1998; Mansoura University *BS; 1993; Mansoura University*

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Research Keywords

  • cardiovascular diseases
  • renal injury
  • cytochrome P450 metabolites
  • heme oxygenase
  • inflammatory cytokines
photo of Mohammed El-Salanty

*PHD; 2004; Baylor College of Dentistry *MD; 1994; Cairo University*

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Research Keywords

  • bone regeneration
  • craniofacial reconstruction
  • bone
  • dental
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*PHD; 1991; University of Cincinnati *MA; 1985; Montclair State University *BS; 1982; Wuhan University*

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Research Keywords

  • green tea
  • dry mouth
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • autoimmune
  • EGCG
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*BDS; 1995; Mangalore University *MS; 2005; University of North Carolina*

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Research Keywords

  • digital imaging
  • cone beam computed tomography
  • radiographs
  • photostimulable phosphor plates
photo of Zoya Kurago

*PHD; 1997; University of Iowa *DDS; 1989; University of North Carolina*

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Research Keywords

  • cancer
  • natural killer cells
  • dendritic cells
  • pathology
photo of Regina Messer

*PHD; 1999; University of Alabama at Birmingham *MSBE; 1993; University of Alabama at Birmimgham *BS; 1990; University of Tennessee*

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Research Keywords

  • biomaterials
  • bone
  • biomechanics
  • inflammation
  • blue light
  • mechanobiology
  • bioreactors
photo of Mahmood Mozaffari

*DMD; 1991; University of Alabama at Birmi *PHD; 1988; University of South Alabama *BS; 1984; University of South Alabama *BS; 1982; East Carolina University*

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Research Keywords

  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • heart
  • kidney
  • ischemia-reperfusion
  • oxidative stress
  • inflammation
  • taurine
  • salivary gland
photo of Frederick Rueggeberg

*DDS; 1979; Emory University *MS; 1987; University of Michigan Ann Arbor *BS; 1974; University of Delaware*

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Research Keywords

  • curing lights
  • biomaterials
  • dental biomaterials
photo of Mohamed Sharawy

*PHD; 1970; University of Rochester *BDS; 1962; Cairo Univ - Sch of Dentistry*

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Research Keywords

  • bone
  • temporomandibular disorders
  • implant
photo of Cristiano Susin

*PHD; 2004; University of Bergen (UiB) *MS; 1999; Lutheran University of Brazil *BS; 1997; Federal Univ of Rio Grande*

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Research Keywords

  • periodontal disease
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*MSc; 1999; Mansoura University *MD; 1992; Mansoura University*

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Research Keywords

  • diabetic retinopathy
  • retina
  • homocysteine
  • oxidative
  • ER stress
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*PHD; 1998; University of Hong Kong *BS; 1981; University of Queensland*

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Research Keywords

  • biomineralization
  • biomimetic
  • collagen
  • apatite
  • silica
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*PHD; 2007; Sun Yat-sen University *BS; 2001; Yangzhou University*

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Research Keywords

  • cancer
  • metastasis
  • tumor microenvironment
  • zebrafish
photo of Gary Whitford

*DMD; 1975; Medical College of Georgia *PHD; 1971; University of Rochester *MS; 1969; University of Rochester *BS; 1965; University of Rochester*

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Research Keywords

  • fluoride
  • analytical method
  • metabolism
  • toxicity
photo of Ulf Wikesjo

*DMD; 2005; Temple University *PHD; 1991; Lund University *DDS; 1973; Lund University*

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Research Keywords

  • periodontal disease
  • implant
  • regenerative medicine

Part Time Faculty

FR. Norman Weller, DMD, MS, Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics, Professor Emeritus
Robert J. Loushine, DDS, Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
Thomas E. Day, DDS, Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics, Clinical Assistant Professor
Brian D. Olson, DDS, Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics, Clinical Assistant Professor
Jason M. Ames, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Brian B. Babb, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Anthony J. Didato, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Emmanuel C. Ngoh, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor
Justin M. Parente, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Henry E. Paris Jr., DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor