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The MOST Program prepares students and postdoctoral fellows to shape the future of oral health research and clinical care. MOST fellows work with world-class faculty, use cutting-edge technology and explore new directions from the bench to the bedside.

The MOST Program is located on UIC's West Campus, at the heart of a major medical research center and just minutes from downtown Chicago. Our location gives us easy access to a diverse range of cutting-edge research, a diverse patient population and, when we're not working, everything that Chicago has to offer: miles of open lakefront, great culture, dining and sports.

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Meet Our Students

Baloue

Kaitrin Baloue, DDS/PhD candidate

Mentor: Dr. David Crowe

Research Project: Role of PPARs in regulating the effects of developmental inflammatory microenvironments on mammary stem cell tumorigenesis

Previous Degree: BS, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

 

   
Bojovic

Bojana Bojovic, DDS/PhD candidate

Mentor: Dr. David Crowe

Research Project: Oral cancer telomerase and stem cells

Previous Degree: MS, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

   
Prashant

Prashant Bommi, PhD candidate

Mentor: Dr. Srilata Bagchi

Research Project: in development

Previous Degree: MS, Murray State University

   
Chastkofsky

Michael Chastkofsky, PhD candidate

Mentor: Dr. Angela Tyner

Research Project: Kinase signaling in oral epithelial

Previous Degree: MS, University of Wisconsin at Madison

   
Francies

Marybeth Francis, DMD/PhD candidate

Mentor: Dr. Xianghong Luan

Research Project: in development

Previous Degree: MS, University of Wisconsin at Madison

   
   
Johnson

Ariel Johnson, PhD candidate

Mentor: Dr.Luisa DiPietro

Research Project: Apoptosis in wound healing

Previous Degree: MS, University of Minnesota - Duluth

   
Lagunas

Angelica Lagunas, DMD/PhD candidate

Mentors: lab rotations

Research Project: in development

Previous Degree: BS, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

   
Lu

Xuanyu Lu, PhD candidate

Mentor: Dr. Xianghong Luan

Research Project: Truncated ameloblastin results in alveolar bone hypermineralization

Previous Degree: MS, Jilin University

   
Padovano

Joshua Padovano, DMD/PhD candidate

Mentor: Dr. Anne George

Research Project: Role of DMP1 in bone and dentin mineralization using transgenic mouse models

Previous Degree: BS, University of Illinois at Chicago

   
Politis

Christine Politis, DMD/PhD candidate

Mentor: Dr. Anna Lysakowski

Research Project: Efferent innervation of identified vestibular afferents

Previous Degree: BS, Oberlin College

   
Razdolsky

Elizabeth Razdolsky, PhD candidate

Mentor: lab rotations

Research Project: in development

Previous Degree: BS, University of Michigan

   
Turabelidze

Gabriella Szewczyk, DMD/PhD candidate

Mentors: research rotations

Previous Degree: BS, University of Michigan

   
Weinheimer

Eileein Weinheimer, Postdoctoral Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Timothy Koh

Research Project: Bone marrow cell mobilization and wound healing

Previous Degree: PhD, Purdue University

   
Wietecha

Mateusz Wietecha, DDS/PhD candidate

Mentor: Dr. Luisa DiPietro

Research Project: Mechanisms of vascular regression in dermal wound healing

Previous Degree: BS, University of Illinois at Chicago

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