Pachiappan Arjunan

Assistant Professor

Pachiappan Arjunan

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Periodontics

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Graduate School

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Oral Biology

Bio

Dr. Pachiappan Arjunan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics, DCG at AU. Dr. Arjunan earned his M.Phil. (in human molecular genetics) from the University of Madras, Ph.D.(Molecular neuroscience) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and completed postdoctoral training at the National Eye Institute (NEI/NIH). Dr. Arjunan leads his team focusing pioneering research on the association of Periodontitis and Age-related Macular Degeneration. He mentors dental students and post-doctoral fellows in his lab. He has published more than 20 articles in reputed peer-reviewed journals. He serves as a reviewer of more than 20 renowned journals and as an honorable consulting editor of the Eye & Brain journal, editorial board member of EC Ophthalmology, Open Access Journal of Dental Sciences, POJ Dental and Oral Care, and a permanent reviewer of JoVE. He has edited the book, “Periodontitis - A Useful Reference” and authored an introductory chapter as well. Dr. Arjunan is involved in teaching, serves in the Research Advisory committees and thesis committees.

Education

  • Ph.D., Neuroscience National Univ of Singapore, 2007

Certifications

  • MACSquant Flow Cytometry Analyzer MACSquant Flow Cytometry Analyzer Training, Miltenyi Biotec Inc., San Diego, CA., 2015

Awards & Honors

  • IGP Grant Award Augusta University, 2020

  • RTCD - Research award The Dental College of Georgia, 2020

  • RTCD-Basic Science Research Award The Dental College of Georgia, 2020

  • Invited/Guest Speaker Honoree for the University Libraries 5th Annual Faculty Authors Reception, AU, 2018

  • IADR Joseph Lister Award for New Investigators International Association for Dental Research, 2018

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • OBMP 9300

    Research
  • SPDS 5001

    Special Dental Studies
  • BMFN 5101

    Biomedical Foundations I
  • OBMP 9100

    Journal Club in Oral Biology

Teaching Interests

Fundamentals of biochemistry, Molecular biology and Evidence-based dentistry-research.

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Oral Pathobiont Activates Anti-Apoptotic Pathway, Promoting both Immune Suppression and Oncogenic Cell Proliferation., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • VEGF-B is a potent antioxidant., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Iron Overload Accelerates the Progression of Diabetic Retinopathy in Association with Increased Retinal Renin Expression., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Introductory Chapter: Periodontitis-A Useful Reference, 2017
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • Periodontitis - A Useful Reference- Editor: Pachiappan Arjunan, 2017
    Other

Research Interests

To investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in the disruption of immune homeostasis in patients with chronic periodontitis (CP) and associated neurodegeneration and retinal immuno-pathogenesis (AMD, diabetic retinopathy), specifically using retinal Dendritic Cells (DCs), Macrophage, RPE and Pericytes in-vitro and in-vivo models, employing state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques (Functional Genomics, Proteomics, and Lipidomics).

Department Service

  • Member of Staff Interview/Recruitment Committee, AU. Dept. of Periodontics. 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Acting Chair-Dept. of Periodontics 2019 - 2019

    Role: Other

College Service

  • Infection and Hazard Control Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Research Advisory Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • The Research & Table Clinic Day (RTCD) - Judge for the poster and oral presentations 2020 - 2020

    Role: Other
  • The Research Table Clinic Day (RTCD) - Judge for the oral presentations 2019 - 2019

    Role: Other
  • Table Clinic Day - Judge for the poster and oral presentations 2018 - 2018

    Role: Other

University Service

  • University Community Service Committee 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Member of Faculty Evaluation Committee, GRU Dept. of Oral Biology. 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • The 20th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conference 2019 - 2019

    Role: Session Chair
  • The 19th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conference-Poster 2018 - 2018

    Role: Session Chair

Professional Service

  • Archives of Proteomics and Bioinformatics 2020 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Oncology Letters 2019 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Journal of Dentistry (JOD) 2019 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Journal of Oral Cancer (JOC) 2019 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Annals of Dental Science and Oral Biology (ADSOB) 2019 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member

Public Service

  • AR Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School_Judge for the science fair projects 2020 - 2020

    Role: Session Chair
  • CT Walker Traditional Magnet School. Judge for the science fair projects 2018 - 2018

    Role: Session Chair