Catherine Jauregui

Assistant Professor

Catherine Jauregui

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Oral Biology and Diagnostic Sciences

The 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

  • BMBS 5302

    Bioclinical Seminar II
  • BMFN 5102

    Biomedical Foundations II
  • BMHD 5101

    Host Def, Path & Mgt Infect
  • BMNT 5101

    Nutrition and Community Health
  • BMBS 5201

    Bioclinical Seminar I
  • BMBS 5403

    Bioclinical Seminar III
  • SPDS 5001

    Special Dental Studies

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

  • DCG Faculty Development committee 2021 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Research Advisory Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • DCG Curriculum Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Student Admissions and Recruitment Committee 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • AU Faculty Development committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member