UW School of Dentistry

Research takes spotlight at school’s annual event

Dr. Rachel Kehr
Rachel Kehr

Dr. Rachel Kehr and Deborah Lee took first place in the Graduate Student Research Competition and Dental Student Research Competition respectively at this year’s School of Dentistry virtual Research Day.

Dr. Kehr, who was mentored by Dr. Avina Paranjpe, received her DDS from the school in 2020 and is now a resident in the Department of Endodontics. She received $500 from both the national and Seattle sections of the American Association of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) and will present her work at the March 2023 International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/AADOCR meeting.

Deborah Lee
Deborah Lee

Lee, a second-year student mentored by Dr. Hannele Ruohola-Baker, received $200 from the Sigma Sigma Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, and will represent the School of Dentistry at next year’s AADOCR Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and Its Application.

Alaa Alkhateeb, mentored by Dr. Donald Chi, was runner-up in the Graduate Student Research Competition, and will replace Kehr if she is unable to attend the IADR/AADOCR meeting.

Second-year students Lauren Lee, mentored by Dr. Zee Liu, and Madelyn Koh, mentored by Dr. Chi, received second and third place respectively in the Dental Student Research Competition, and will receive $150 and $100 for their projects.

Su-In Lee, PhD
Su-In Lee

Dr. Su-In Lee, a professor at the UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, gave the keynote presentation, titled “Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.” Her research aims to advance how artificial intelligence can be integrated with biomedicine.

School of Dentistry faculty also gave presentations. Dr. John A. Sorenson’s subject was “Digital Prosthodontics – Ready for Private Practice or Just Glitzy Hype?” Dr. Roozbeh Khosravi presented his research on thermoforming plastic and 3D printed aligner-like devices in orthodontics, while Dr. Alireza Sadr discussed “Development of Optical Coherence Tomography: Benchside to Chairside.”