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Shiboski and Habelitz Named to Head UCSF Dentistry PhD Program

March 18, 2010

Stefan Habelitz and Caroline Shiboski

Dean John D.B. Featherstone has announced the appointment of Dr. Caroline Shiboski, Professor in the Department of Orofacial Sciences, and Dr. Stefan Habelitz, Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, to jointly lead the PhD Program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, effective March 1, 2010.

Caroline Shiboski, DDS, MPH, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Orofacial Sciences, and the director of the Oral Medicine Clinical Center and Post-Graduate Residency program in Oral Medicine. She grew up in France where she obtained her DDS from the Université René Descartes in Paris, and has advanced training in Epidemiology (MPH and PhD from UC Berkeley) and Oral Medicine (she is a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine).

Her post-graduate training was funded through various NIDCR grants (institutional T32 for her MPH and certificate in Dental Public Health) and Individual K15 for her PhD and certificate in Oral Medicine). She subsequently obtained a K23 Award. Her research experience focuses on the epidemiology of oral cancer and of oral manifestations related to immune dysfunction in various populations.

She implemented a collaborative study, funded through the AIDS Fogarty Program, exploring oral candidiasis as a surrogate marker of HIV disease progression among women in Zimbabwe. She developed and taught the Oral Medicine curriculum of the Department of Dentistry at the University of Zimbabwe School of Medicine she visited once a year from 1999 to 2005.

Dr. Shiboski is the principal investigator of the Oral HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (OHARA) UCSF site, which is the Epidemiology Unit of this multicenter grant and is part of the AIDS Clinical Trial Group Network (ACTG). She is currently involved with several OHARA research protocols that are being implemented in ACTG sites in the US, Africa, India, and Peru. Dr. Shiboski is also the lead Epidemiologist in the Sjögren’s Syndrome International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA), a project aimed both at establishing new classification criteria for Sjögren’s Syndrome and at developing a data and biospecimen repository for this disease.

Dr. Shiboski was the Chair of Faculty Council for the 2008-2009 academic year and she currently leads the D1 mentoring program. She is the Vice-Chair of the San Francisco Section of the AADR.

Stefan Habelitz, PhD, MS, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences of the School of Dentistry at UCSF. Dr. Habelitz grew up in Germany, where he received his Masters Degree in Materials Science from the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen and his PhD from the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena.

He joined UCSF in 1999 as a post-doctoral fellow. His research focuses on understanding how matrix proteins control mineralization. He is studying the self-assembly and hydrolysis of recombinant amelogenin matrices and applies these processes to mimic enamel crystal formation in-vitro.

He is also involved in studies of various approaches to functionally remineralize dentin carious lesions as well as in fracture and nanomechanical testing of dental tissues. He is the principal investigator on a NIH/NIDCR -RO1 grant on “Recombinant Amelogenin Matrix for Apatite Nanofibers”.

He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Faculty Council of the Dental School and Vice Chair for Research and Development of PRDS. He is a member of the steering committee of the programs in Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology (CMB) and Orofacial Sciences. He teaches biomaterials to the first year and international dental students at UCSF.

He was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon in 2008 and is the President of the San Francisco Chapter of the AADR.

Dean Featherstone asks the School community to join him in welcoming Drs Shiboski and Habelitz to their new roles.

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