September 30, 2014

David Shin, Dr. Emily Chu win Research Day honors

Second-year student David Shin and oral biology graduate student Dr. Emily Chu won top honors in poster competitions during the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Sept. 19 at the UW Health Sciences Center.

Research Day pre-doctoral poster competition finalists were (from left) Alex Stanton, Isabella Weng, David Ludwig, Moniqu Luu, David Shin and Adam Szajman.

Research Day pre-doctoral poster competition finalists were (from left) Alex Stanton, Isabella Weng, David Ludwig, Moniqu Luu, David Shin and Adam Szajman.

Shin won the pre-doctoral student competition and was named to receive the 2014 American Dental Association (ADA) Student Clinician Award. David Ludwig, president of the Class of 2015, earned second place in the pre-doctoral competition, while first-year student Alex Stanton won third place.

Shin’s project, “Condylar Bone Loss After Repeated Botox Injections in Rabbit Masseter,” was co-authored by Dr. Kathy Rafferty, and he was mentored by Dr. Sue Herring of the Departments of Orthodontics and Oral Health Sciences. He will represent School of Dentistry at the National Student Research Competition at the November 2015 ADA meetings in Washington, D.C. Shin also received a $200 prize from the UW chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honorary society, which co-sponsored the competitions along with the Seattle Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR).

Dr. Chu

Dr. Emily Chu discusses her work during the Research Day poster presentation.

Dr. Chu, of the Department of Oral Health Sciences, won the first-ever graduate student/trainee research competition, which was organized by AADR’s Seattle Section. Her project, “Investigating Contributions of the CLP Protein, IRF6, in Orofacial Ectodermal Polarity Using a Tooth Model,” was co-authored by M.R. LaCourse and B.L. Foster, and she was mentored by Dr. Martha Somerman of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research and Dr. Timothy Cox of the UW Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Chu, who received her DDS from the UW in 2012, won a $100 prize from the AADR Seattle Section.

Dr. Gregory Wilson, Associate Professor of Biology at the UW, presented the day’s keynote speech, “An Odontologist’s Delight: A View of Mammalian Evolution.” School of Dentistry faculty also gave oral presentations:

  • Dr. Daniel Chan, Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Associate Dean for Clinical Services, discussed his research on dental hard tissue.
  • Dr. Avina Paranjpe, Assistant Professor of Endodontics, discussed research on dental pulp.
  • Dr. Tracy Popowics, Associate Professor of Oral Health Sciences, discussed research on periodontal ligament fibroblasts.