October 1, 2015

Student Nataliia Garibov wins top honors at Research Day presentations

Nataliia Garibov

Nataliia Garibov

Second-year dental student Nataliia Garibov received the 2015 American Dental Association (ADA)  Clinician Scholar Award for her research project during the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Sept. 25.

Garibov, whose project was titled “Quantitative Sensory Testing Reliability and Sensory Loss After Third Molar Surgery,” will now represent the University of Washington in the National Student Research Competition at next year’s ADA annual meetings, which take place in Denver in October.

Her project, which was mentored by Dr. Mark Drangsholt and co-authored by L. Angkanawaraphan and A. Szajman, was selected for the award by the school’s Research Advisory Committee and the UW Student Research Group.

Second- and third-place awards went to two other members of the dental Class of 2018. The second-place award went to Karen Wang, whose project was “Longevity of Ceramic Veneers: A Retrospective Cohort Study.” It was mentored by Drs. Yen-Wei Chen and Joana Cunha-Cruz.

Abigail Mazon

Abigail Mazon

Karen Wang

Karen Wang

Third place went to Abigail Mazon for her project on “Dental Treatment under General Anesthesia: A Three-Year Retrospective Cohort Study.”  Her work is mentored by Dr. Cunha-Cruz, with Dr. Travis Nelson and Dr. Christy McKinney serving as co-authors.

The day’s keynote speaker was Dr. Buddy Ratner, Professor in the UW Department of Bioengineering and Department of Chemical Engineering and director of UW Engineered Biomaterials, whose subject was “Think Regenerative for Dental and Craniofacial Reconstruction – It’s Coming!”

Other speakers were:

  • Jeffrey McLean, Acting Associate Professor of Periodontics, who spoke on “Disrupting Microbial Social Networking: #Epic_Oral_Fail.”
  • Whasun “Sun” Oh Chung, Research Professor of Oral Health Sciences and director of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at the School of Dentistry, who spoke on “Titanate-Metal Complex: A Novel Antimicrobial Compound in the Age of Increasing Bacterial Resistance.”
  • Donald Chi, Associate Professor of Oral Health Sciences, who spoke on “Xylitol and Dental Caries Prevention in Children: Non-Linearity of the T1-T4 Translational Research Process.”

Research Day was sponsored by the School of Dentistry’s Office of Research and co-sponsored by the Seattle Section of the American Association for Dental Research and the UW chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the dental honorary society.