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

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

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Research Keywords

  • cancer
  • natural killer cells
  • dendritic cells
  • pathology
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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
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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
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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
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PHD; 1970; University of Rochester 
BDS; 1962; Cairo Univ - Sch of Dentistry

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Research Keywords

  • bone
  • temporomandibular disorders
  • implant
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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
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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
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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