Skip to main content
Toggle Menu of ADA WebSites
ADA Websites
Toggle Search Area
Toggle Menu
e-mail Print Share

ADA Science and Research Institute Names Dr. Kevin Byrd First Volpe Research Scholar

New grant-funded position to assist ADASRI Department of Innovation and Technology

October 28, 2020

Contact Information:

CHICAGO, October 28, 2020 — Kevin Byrd, D.D.S., Ph.D., a clinician-scientist, was selected as the founding Anthony R. Volpe Research Scholar, a new position in the American Dental Association (ADA) Science & Research Institute supported by a five-year grant from Colgate-Palmolive. This position will help the ADA Science & Research Institute (ADASRI) translate its findings into clinical applications. Dr. Byrd has joined the ADASRI’s Department of Innovation and Technology as the Anthony R. Volpe Research Scholar and manager of oral and craniofacial research.

“I was overjoyed to learn that I would be joining the ADA Science and Research Institute as their first Volpe Research Scholar,” said Dr. Byrd. “It is an honor to be working alongside so many brilliant and talented colleagues. I have been working to build and analyze single-cell maps of the oral tissues and am looking forward to continuing and expanding that work in my new role. I invite anyone to approach me with ideas for innovation, and I am looking forward to contributing to the team through creativity and collaboration.”

The Volpe Research Scholar is attributed to Anthony R. Volpe, D.D.S., Colgate’s former vice president of scientific affairs. Dr. Volpe evaluated the clinical efficacy of the company’s toothpastes during his 52-year career and passed away on Oct. 8, 2020. The Colgate alum has ties to the ADA, serving as chair of the ADA Foundation Board of Directors, and in 2014, the Volpe Research Center was dedicated in his honor. 

Dr. Byrd completed his D.D.S. at the University of Michigan in 2013 and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry in 2018. Before being named the Volpe Research Scholar, Dr. Byrd was a member of the research faculty at the Adams School of Dentistry’s Division of Oral and Craniofacial Health Sciences. Dr. Byrd has also worked with the ADA in the past, serving as an ADA Success speaker and a consultant to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. 

Working with ADASRI, Dr. Byrd is looking forward to continuing to explore technologies to model and improve oral wound healing and soft tissue grafting, to better understand the connection of the oral cavity to systemic disease, and to discover the unique and undiscovered cell types among oral and craniofacial tissues across the lifespan.

To learn more about the ADASRI, visit

Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 162,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website