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Periodontist Yvonne Kapila Returns to UCSF

February 29, 2016

Yvonne Kapila

Dr. Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD

Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD, returns to UCSF as professor and vice chair of the Division of Periodontology, in the Department of Orofacial Sciences.  Dr. Kapila’s recruitment is supported in part by the Chancellor’s Mid-Career Faculty Recruitment Program.

Dr. Kapila obtained her BA degree from Stanford University and her DDS, PhD, Periodontics Specialty Certificate and Postdoctoral Fellowship training from UCSF. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a fellow of the International College of Dentists. She became an assistant professor at UCSF in 1999 and was recruited to the University of Michigan in 2004, where she rose through the ranks to full professor with tenure.

Dr. Kapila's research for over 20 years has focused on the cell and molecular biology mechanisms that regulate anoikis, a form of apoptosis or programmed cell death in head and neck cancer processes and in inflammation. Recent work in her lab has focused on the metabolic mechanisms that regulate head and neck cancer and on host-microbial interactions. She has authored more than 60 peer reviewed publications in such journals as Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Cancer Reviews, Cell Death and Differentiation, Cancer, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Journal of Proteome Research, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Genes and Cancer, PLOS one, and approximately 75 abstracts and book chapters.

Dr. Kapila’s main focus in teaching and mentoring is centered in the postgraduate dental programs, including periodontology and in the oral health sciences PhD program. She has provided patient care at the Community Dental Clinic in Ann Arbor for more than 10 years; prior to that, she was part of the periodontology faculty practice at UCSF. She directed the Global Oral Health Initiatives Program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, formally organized all major global oral health related activities at the school and created two main flagship programs for the school focused in Kenya and Brazil. In partnership with the International College of Dentists, Dr. Kapila organized annual student exchange programs and a United Nations program focused on oral health.

Dr. Kapila has served her local and national community in several capacities. Locally, Dr. Kapila served on campuswide committees related to global health, chaired faculty search committees, was a member of the dean’s search committee, served on the executive committee and the appointment, promotions and tenure committees for the School of Dentistry. Nationally, Dr. Kapila was a standing member of the NIH study section ODCS for several years, and currently serves on the NIDCR council as a standing member. She also has helped her clinical specialty by serving as a member of the research committee of the American Academy of Periodontology.