The UCSF Academic Senate has awarded the 2013 Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award for faculty at UCSF five years or fewer to Dr. Thuan Le, DDS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Orofacial Sciences/Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Le’s research interest is to investigate the structures and functions of enamel extracellular matrix proteins in tooth formation, with particular emphasis on alternatively spliced amelogenins. Mutations in these enamel matrix proteins result in inherited enamel defects, called amelogenesis imperfecta. However, much is still unknown about the roles of these enamel proteins in amelogenesis. His second clinical research project is to study the effect of low level laser therapy (IR range) on dental pulp cells that promote cell proliferation and differentiation, suggesting its important role in wound healing.
Dr. Le was recently profiled in the UCSF Dentistry Magazine (PDF) .
Selected through a peer-reviewed process, recipients represent faculty who have demonstrated, over the course of their career, a dedication and skill level with mentoring and teaching which UCSF colleagues, students, postdocs and staff believe should be recognized. The UCSF Academic Senate designates a Distinction in Teaching selection committee comprised of faculty and students from all four schools.
The ceremony honoring the 2013 Award recipients was held the afternoon of Thursday, April 11, 2013 in the Lange Room of the UCSF Library, Parnassus Campus.
Dr. Thuan Le
Photograph by Elisabeth Fall (fallfoto.com )