Catherine Jauregui


Catherine Jauregui


Academic Appointment(s)

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Oral Biology and Diagnostic Sciences

Department of Graduate School



I am an oral microbiologist, and my research focuses on the interactions of bacteria with host cells. My teaching is very important to me also.

  • (706) 721-2033
  • CL 2118


  • Ph.D., Microbiology, General University of Bristol, 2008

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BMHD 5101

    Host Def, Path & Mgt Infect
  • OBMP 9100

    Journal Club in Oral Biology
  • OBPR 9100

    Journal Club in Oral Biology
  • OBPR 8001

    Topics in Oral Biology I
  • OBMP 5001

    Bioclinical Seminar I
  • OBMP 5003

    Special Topics in Oral Biology
  • OBMP 5002

    Bioclinical Seminar II
  • DMIC 5002

    Oral Microbiology and Infectio
  • OBMP 8004

    Topics in Oral Biology 4
  • OBPR 8004

    Topics in Oral Biology IV

Teaching Interests

I believe strongly in facilitating student self-driven learning and developing their ability to think for themselves. Student engagement is also of high concern, and finding new and improved ways to increase class interaction is a top priority


Selected Recent Publications

  • Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived from Healthy and Diseased Human Gingiva Support Osteogenesis on Electrospun Polycaprolactone Scaffolds., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Friend or foe? Mitochondria as a pharmacological target in cancer treatment., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The Complexity of DEK Signaling in Cancer Progression., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Targeting autophagy as a strategy for drug discovery and therapeutic modulation., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Establishment and characterization of a telomerase immortalized human gingival epithelial cell line., 2013
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

My current research investigates how oral bacteria may impact oral cancer stem cells, and how that may affect disease progression in the host. A different project aims to elucidate whether antimicrobial resistant organisms persist in a clinical setting, focusing on light handles. Both projects involve collaborations with fellow Faculty members, both within the Department of Oral Biology and clinicians from DCG.

College Service

  • Student Admissions and Recruitment Committee 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Institutional Biosafety Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member