ADASRI

Innovation and Technology Research

Located on the Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus of the National Institute of Standards & Technology and nearby satellite locations, the department of Innovation & Technology Research develops cutting-edge dental materials and partners with industry in their commercialization.

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Nicholas Hammond, PhD
Senior director
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Dr. Nicholas Hammond manages the day-to-day activities of the ADASRI Department of Innovation & Technology Research. In addition to overseeing the strategy for the department, he defines its research agenda, builds collaborations with external research institutions, represents ADASRI at NIST, manages ADASRI’s intellectual property portfolio and licensing, and mentors the department’s researchers. Dr. Hammond's areas of interest include pharmacology and therapeutics, business operations, materials science, and commercialization.




(The following profiles are listed alphabetically.)

Cicely Acosta, MPA
Manager of grant operations
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Cicely Acosta supports ADASRI staff with identifying grant opportunities from private and public sector funders. In addition, she manages pre- and post-award activities and operations. Cicely's areas of interest include business operations, research funding, grants administration, grantsmanship, and grants compliance.

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Stella (Stylani) Alimperti, PhD
Project leader
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Dr. Stella Alimperti develops new tissue and regenerative therapies for craniofacial and dental diseases through the use of organ-on-a-chip technology, vascular biology, and 3-D printing technologies. She is currently studying therapies to combat bone diseases, such as osteogenesis imperfecta. Dr. Alimperti's areas of interest include tissue engineering, vascular biology, organ-on-a-chip, and 3-D printing technology.

Theresa Biddinger, MS
Research assistant
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Theresa (Terrie) Biddinger studies novel bioactive materials that could yield a new class of dental restorations with both antimicrobial and remineralizing capabilities. Her areas of interest include restorative materials, desensitization and remineralization, antimicrobial materials, and bone and dental cements.

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Kevin Matthew Byrd, DDS, PhD
Anthony R. Volpe Research Scholar; manager of oral and craniofacial research
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Dr. Kevin Byrd is a clinician-scientist, currently serving as ADASRI's founding Anthony R. Volpe Research Scholar, a position supported by a five-year grant from Colgate-Palmolive; he also serves as the manager of oral and craniofacial research. Dr. Byrd’s active research program is focused on understanding 1) oral epithelial cell heterogeneity and how these diverse cell subpopulations regulate—and are regulated—to cause disease and 2) the role of the oral cavity in systemic inflammatory diseases. To answer these questions, his lab uses 2-D/3-D human and mouse epithelial model systems, flow cytometry/cell sorting, advanced microscopy techniques, and single-cell/spatial omics. Dr. Byrd's areas of interest include stem cell biology, mucosal immunology, single-cell omics, virology, and oral-systemic interactions.

Laurence Chow

Laurence Chow, PhD
Chief research scientist emeritus
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Dr. Laurence Chow studies calcium phosphate chemistry, calcium phosphate-based bone graft materials, and tooth remineralization. As an emeritus scientist, he actively collaborates with younger researchers within and outside of the ADASRI. His areas of interest include desensitization and remineralization, bone and dental cements, dosimetry, preventive dentistry, and nano-bioactive materials.

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Philip Dowd
Director of innovation
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Philip Dowd connects industry and investors with ADASRI innovations, translating them into the marketplace for the development of new products and services that benefit the public good and foster economic growth. He can be contacted to help identify technologies and research of interest and provide guidance through the processes of licensing and sponsoring (collaborative) research. Philip's areas of interest include business operations, intellectual property, translational research, technology licensing, and technology partnerships.

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Quinn Easter, PhD
Postdoc research
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Dr. Quinn Easter conducts research at the Lab of Oral and Craniofacial Innovation (LOCI) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He studies oral epithelial heterogeneity using single-cell mRNA sequencing and is broadly interested in oral-systemic health. Dr. Easter's areas of interest include restorative materials, pharmacology and therapeutics, single-cell omics, and microscopy.

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Stanislav Frukhtbeyn
Senior research associate
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Stanislav Frukhtbeyn studies novel bioactive composite materials for dental and bone restorations. His areas of interest include restorative materials, desensitization and remineralization, antimicrobial materials, and bone and dental cements.

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Anthony Giuseppetti
Senior laboratory technician
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Anthony Giuseppetti studies novel antimicrobial monomers that increase the shear bond strength of dental restorations. His areas of interest include restorative materials, endodontic materials, desensitization and remineralization, antimicrobial materials, bone and dental cements, and SEM and Instron use.

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Anna Kalmykov
Postdoc research
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Anna Kalmykov is an electroanalytical chemist who studies the creation of novel dental materials through the development of biosensor platforms, fabrication of ultramicroelectrodes, and modification of surfaces with specific chemical functionalities. Her areas of interest include restorative materials, 3-D printing technology, periodontics, electrochemical biosensors, and flexible sensors.

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Eaman Karim, PhD
Research associate
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Dr. Eaman Karim studies the ionizing radiation-induced electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) properties of carbonated hydroxyapatite cements and assesses the feasibility of using these materials as EPR calibration references and, potentially, as dosimeters. Her areas of interest include EPR dosimetry, endodontic materials, hydroxyapatite composites, biocompatibility materials, and 3-D printing technology.

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Gili Kaufman, PhD
Project leader
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Dr. Gili Kaufman uses 3-D human organotypic oral, dental, and bone cell-based platforms to study and develop innovative therapeutic strategies and advanced biocompatible materials and scaffolds for treating periodontal and endodontic diseases. His research introduces new capabilities to regulate the healing and repair processes of the injured tissue, prevent and/or eradicate infections, and induce tissue mineralization. Dr. Kaufman's areas of interest include 3-D organotypic platforms, regeneration and repair, tissue mineralization, therapeutic strategies, and antimicrobial agents and activity.

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Shinae Kim, PhD
Project leader
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Dr. Shinae Kim develops innovative systems for rapid and accurate diagnosis of oral diseases and conducts research into the effect of electronic cigarette vaping on oral health. Her areas of interest include tobacco use and smoking cessation, diagnostics, electronic cigarettes, nanotechnology, and biosensors.

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Yoontae Kim, PhD
Postdoc research
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Dr. Yoontae Kim studies 3-D printed bone scaffolds utilizing additive biomanufacturing techniques (such as 3-D printing systems) with bioceramic materials to create high-resolution, personalized, and low-cost bone scaffolds for oral and craniofacial diseases. His areas of interest include 3-D printing technology, bone and dental cements, restorative materials, pharmacology and therapeutics, organ-on-a-chip, and oral and craniofacial diseases.

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Taejun Ko, PhD
Postdoctoral research assistant
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Dr. Taejun Ko conducts research on infectious disease and oral disease sensor development. His areas of interest include antimicrobial materials, 3-D printing technology, nanotechnology, biosensors, and electronic cigarettes.

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Eun-Jin Lee, PhD, MBA
Postdoc research
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Dr. Eun-Jin Lee is a bone biologist whose research focuses on engineering a 3-D platform to deconvolute the dynamic contribution of endothelium to bone microenvironment initiated by inflammatory and genetic cues. These 3-D microphysiological models can be used as diagnostic tools for drug testing and the identification of new targets involved in inflammatory craniofacial diseases. Dr. Lee's areas of interest include 3-D printing technology, bone, bone-on-a-chip, bone regeneration, tissue engineering, and microvasculature.


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Nicole Ritzert, PhD
Project leader
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Dr. Nicole Ritzert has expertise in characterizing the electrochemical properties of proteins, organic molecules, and thin films, focusing on charge transfer processes and chemical reactions at electrode-solution interfaces. She applies her knowledge of electrochemistry and surface chemistry to design and test oral biosensor platforms for diagnosing and monitoring diseases. Dr. Ritzert's areas of interest include periodontics, diagnostic sciences, oral health, and salivary research.

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Han Byul Song, PhD
Postdoc research assistant
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Dr. Han Byul Song studies the design and synthesis of photopolymer networks and composites for high-performance biomaterial applications. Her areas of interest include restorative materials, antimicrobial materials, 3-D printing technology, photopolymerizations, and polymer syntheses.

Shozo Takagi,

Shozo Takagi, PhD
Chief research scientist emeritus
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Dr. Shozo Takagi examines calcium phosphate chemistry and its application in biomineralization, including in vitro and in vivo properties of self-hardening calcium phosphate cement (CPC) and 3-D printing of CPC-polymer composites, endodontic materials, development of CPC bone grafts, and carbonated apatite-based dosimeters. His research also focuses on remineralization and prevention of dental caries (mouthrinse, toothpaste, chewing gum, etc.) and reduction of dentin hypersensitivity by fluoride-calcium-phosphate (FCP) technology. His areas of interest include restorative materials, endodontic materials, desensitization and remineralization by FCP technology, CPC bone grafts, 3-D printing technology, CPC-based dosimetry, and preventive dentistry.

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Xiaohong Wang, PhD
Research associate
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Dr. Xiaohong Wang studies dental materials and polymers. He researches the preparation and use of multi-functional, stimuli-responsive materials. Dr. Wang's areas of interest include restorative materials and antimicrobial materials.