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

Rafik Abdelsayed
Rafik Abdelsayed

DDS; 1993; Indiana University - Purdue UniversityMS; 1990; Indiana University - Purdue UniversityBDS; 1980; Cairo University

Research Keywords
  • Precancerous lesions
  • oral cancer
Worku Abebe
Worku Abebe

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

Research Keywords
  • diabetes
  • vascular biology
  • lipid signaling mediators
  • dental materials
  • taurine
  • adensoine
  • herbal medicine
Dr. Steven Roberts, DDS

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

Research Keywords
  • Diabetic retinopathy
Dr.Lisiane Ferreira Susin, DDS

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

Research Keywords
  • periodontal disease
  • systemic diseases
  • dental implants
  • periodontal research
  • dental education
Babak Baban

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

Research Keywords
  • immunoregulation
  • Tregs
  • inflammation
  • stem cells
  • tolerance
Martha Brackett
Martha Brackett

*DDS; 2002; University of Nebraska Medical*MS; 1991; Indiana University - Purdue Univeristy*

Research Keywords
  • biomaterials
  • clinical restorations
  • biocompatibility
Allison Buchanan
Allison Buchanan

*DMD; 2005; Medical College of Georgia*BS; 2000; Newberry College*

Research Keywords
  • cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)
  • radiology
  • digital imaging
  • disinfection
Christopher Cutler
Christopher Cutler

*PHD; 1990; Emory University*DDS; 1986; Emory University*BS; 1982; Florida Atlantic University*

Research Keywords
  • dentritic cells
  • periodontitis
  • peri-implantitis
  • perio-systemic
  • biomarkers
Ahmed El-Marakby

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

Research Keywords
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • renal injury
  • cytochrome P450 metabolites
  • hemeoxygenase
  • inflammatory cytokines
Mohammed El-Salanty

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

Research Keywords
  • bone regeneration
  • craniofacial reconstruction
  • bone
  • dental
Stephen Hsu

*PHD; 1991; University of Cincinnati*MA; 1985; Montclair State University*BS; 1982; Wuhan University*

Research Keywords
  • green tea
  • dry mouth
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • autoimmune
  • EGCG
Sajitha Menon Kalathingal
Sajitha Menon Kalathingal

*BDS; 1995; Mangalore University*MS; 2005; University of North Carolina*

Research Keywords
  • digital imaging
  • cone beam computed tomography
  • radiographs
  • photostimulable phosphor plates
Zoya Kurago
Zoya Kurago

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

Research Keywords
  • cancer
  • natural killer cells
  • dentritic cells
  • pathology
Regina Messer

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

Research Keywords
  • biomaterials
  • bone
  • biomechanics
  • inflammation
  • blue light
  • mechanobiology
  • bioreactors
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*

Research Keywords
  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • heart
  • kidney
  • ischemia-reperfusion
  • oxidative stress
  • inflammation
  • taurine
  • salivary gland
David Pashley

*DMD; 1964; Univ of Oregon*PHD; 1964; University Of Rochester School*BS; 1960; University of Portland*

Research Keywords
  • dentin MMPs
  • MMP-inhibitions
  • inactivation of dentin MMPs
  • quaternary ammonium methacrylates
Frederick Rueggeberg
Frederick Rueggeberg

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

Research Keywords
  • curing lights
  • biomaterials
  • dental biomaterials
Mohamed Sharawy
Mohamed Sharawy

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

Research Keywords
  • bone
  • temporomandibular disorders
  • implant
Cristiano Susin
Cristiano Susin

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

Research Keywords
  • peridontal disease
Amany Tawfik
Amany Tawfik

*MSc; 1999; Mansoura University*MD; 1992; Mansoura University*

Research Keywords
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • retina
  • homocysteine
  • oxidative
  • ER stress
Franklin Tay
Franklin Tay

*PHD; 1998; University of Hong Kong*BS; 1981; University of Queensland*

Research Keywords
  • biomineralization
  • biomimetic
  • collagen
  • apatite
  • silica
Yong Tang
Yong Tang

*PHD; 2007; Sun Yat-sen University*BS; 2001; Yangzhou University*

Research Keywords
  • cancer
  • metastsis
  • tumor microenvironment
  • zebrafish
Gary Whitford
Gary Whitford

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

Research Keywords
  • fluoride
  • analytical method
  • metabolism
  • toxicity
Ulf Wikesjo
Ulf Wikesjo

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

Research Keywords
  • periodontal disease
  • implant
  • regenerative medicine

Part Time Faculty

FR. Norman Weller, DMD, MS, Diplomate, American Board of Endodonics, Professor Emeritus
Robert J. Loushine, DDS, Diplomate, American Board of Endodonics
Thomas E. Day, DDS, Diplomate, American Board of Endodonics, Clinical Assistant Professor
Brian D. Olson, DDS, Diplomate, American Board of Endodonics, 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