News and Events

  • Dr. Dawei Liu, Orthodontics Graduate Program Director, was notified that his presentation entitled, “Application of Mechanical Vibration to Enhance Orthodontic Retention” at the 2022 IADR/APR General Session & Exhibition was nominated as a finalist for the IADR Innovation Award for Excellence in Orthodontics Research.
  • Dr. Shivam Mehta, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthodontics in the Department of Developmental Sciences of the Marquette University School of Dentistry, was invited to present the Graber Lecture at the 2022 Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Conference. The Lecture is presented annually at the Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Conference. The Graber Lecture is one of the most prestigious lectures in Orthodontics. Dr. Mehta will be presenting his research on Osteogenesis Imperfecta. The title of his presentation is: “How does Alendronate affect orthodontic tooth movement in Osteogenesis Imperfecta: An in-vivo study in a mouse model.” The Graber Lecture was presented on May 21, 2022 in Miami Beach, Florida.
  • Dr. Shivam Mehta, Clinical Assistant Professor of Developmental Sciences at the Marquette University School of Dentistry, has obtained research funding from the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation (AAOF) for the Research Project entitled, “Orthodontic Diagnosis with Artificial Intelligence.” The one-year $20,000 award is through the Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Award (OFDFA) program. This continues the Marquette University School of Dentistry’s success at receiving funding from the AAOF. Past Marquette University School of Dentistry fellowship award recipients have included: Dr. Dawei Liu, Dr. Bhoomika Ahuja, and Dr. Ghada Nimeri.
  • Dr. William Lobb, dean of the School of Dentistry, was interviewed by Wisconsin Health News on April 1 about the school serving special needs patients.
  • School of Dentistry Alumni Awards : On May 13, 2022 the School of Dentistry honored 3 alumni with the Alumni Awards (Read more)
  • The School of Dentistry was noted by Becker’s Dental + DSO Review on March 8 as being one of the top recipients of NIH funding in 2021.
  • Dr. Vrisiis Kofina, Graduate Program Director for Periodontics in the Dental School, has been awarded the FY22 Faculty Development Award to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research in Atlanta, Georgia on March 22- 26, 2022.
  • Dr. Christopher Okunseri, Professor and Predoctoral Program Director for Public Health in the Department of Dental Clinical Services, has obtained new research funding from the NIH - National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) for the research project entitled, “No-Show Prevention Practices in Dental Care Settings Serving Underserved Populations.” Prof. Okunseri is the Marquette University Principal Investigator on this Multi-Investigator award. This award is a phased award – we have received notice that a milestone-driven planning phase (UG3) has been funded. The amount funded for the first year of the two-year phase 1 UG3 is $337,401. This phase of the project starts February 1, 2022. Based on successful achievement of the project milestones, transition to a clinical trial implementation phase of up to an additional five years (UH3) would result in a total award of $4.2 M awarded over all seven years. Funding is a vehicle to conduct research. (Read more)
  • Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Chair and Professor of General Dental Sciences at the Marquette University School of Dentistry, was elected Treasurer of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR, formerly AADR). Ana Bedran-Russo, D.D.S., Ph.D. has also served as the past Chair of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs and is a current member. Dr. Bedran-Russo will be installed, and her term will commence at the conclusion of the 51st Annual Meeting of the AADOCR that will take place from March 21-26 in Atlanta (Read more).
  • Dr. William K. Lobb, Dean of the School of Dentistry, is the recipient of the 2021 Wisconsin Dental Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his continuous work to make the School of Dentistry one of the leading dental schools in our country. Dr. Lobb was one of seven dentists honored at the WDA’s annual Pyramid of Pride Awards/151st Anniversary celebration held Nov. 12 at the Brookfield Conference Center in Brookfield (Read more).
  • Chicago Midwinter Meeting:  Marquette University School of Dentistry Alumni Reception was held at the Renaissance, Chicago Downtown Hotel on February 25, 2022
  • Drake Lindholm, a third-year student in the School of Dentistry, was elected to the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) Board of Trustees for a one-year appointment. He was elected by the American Student Dental Association to represent Student Region 6. Lindholm, a Wisconsin native, will represent the interests of Marquette to the WDA Board of Trustees through November 2022. He attended several meetings throughout the year to weigh in on WDA board decisions.
  • Dr. Vrisiis Kofina, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Graduate program in Periodontics, has been awarded the Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship by the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. The fellowship is a $30,000 award ($10,000 per year, for up to 3 years) for periodontists who show great potential for research and leadership.
  • Dr. Shivam Mehta, Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthodontics, has received first prize at a prestigious international conference, the Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress (AOSC). Featuring the best in the field of orthodontics, the 2021 AOSC Scientific Poster Competition saw 19 presenters.
  • Mitchell Piacsek, Class of 2023, is the recipient of the 2021 Ralph Phillips Student Research Award. This competitive student award from the Academy of Operative Dentistry will provide funds for Mr. Piacsek to carry out a research project entitled “Pulpal stem cells differentiation and dentin formation mediated by plant biopolymers” and present the results as a Clinic Table at the 2022 Annual Meetings of the Academy in Chicago in February 2022.
  • Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo,  Professor and Chair, General Dental Sciences, received the Way Kingler Fellowship Award at the Distinguished Scholars program on April 13.
  • Marquette virtually showcased the 2021 Alumni National Award recipients during Celebration Week (May 24 – 28), including a special virtual ceremony honoring recipients of the All-University Awards. (Read more)
  • Dr. Emily Hahn (Bugger),  Class of 2012, received one of the ADA's 10 under 10 Awards. The ADA 10 Under 10 Award honors dentistry’s rising stars: dentists who are making an impact on the profession less than 10 years after graduating from dental school. The 2021 winners are driving dentistry forward and inspiring their colleagues through their work in science, research & education, practice excellence, philanthropy, leadership and advocacy. (Read more)
  • Dr. Zazell Staheli Cummings D.D.S. has published an article in the Artic Sounder, a local paper in Alaska. Dr. Cummings graduated from MUSOD in 2016. In the article, she details the challenges faced by the officials in Alaska to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to the remote location of several Alaskan villages the delivery and administration of the vaccine will be a challenge. Dr. Cummings, who is also a pilot, explains how cold weather and other inclement conditions can affect air transportation further complicating vaccination efforts. However, the people of Alaska are no stranger to the delivery and administration of vaccinations under difficult conditions. (Read more)

  • Dr. Christopher Okunseri was installed as the President of the American Board of Dental Public Health. (Read more)

  • Marquette University School of Dentistry hygienists provide free care to elementary students
    Hygienists from the School of Dentistry visited Rocketship Southside Community Prep to provide free dental cleanings and check-ups to hundreds of elementary students. Principal Madeline Hawkins said for many families, access to dental care is not something readily available or affordable even with insurance. “We know that dental hygiene is incredibly important,” Hawkins added. “If a student comes to school with a sore tooth or something, that has a huge impact on their ability to learn.” Stories appeared in WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Spectrum News, March 9-10, 2020.
  • Marquette dental students might get rural scholarships
    A proposal going through Wisconsin state legislature would incentivize graduates of Marquette University School of Dentistry — the only dental school in the state — to practice in rural areas immediately after graduation. The scholarships would save students money and combat Wisconsin’s dentist distribution problem. The federal government has designated more than half of Wisconsin’s counties as “Health Professional Shortage Areas.” Story appeared in Milwaukee Magazine, Jan. 27, 2020

  • Dr. Joseph Best, adjunct associate professor of dental clinical services at Marquette’s School of Dentistry, described how he has dedicated his expertise to re-educating dentists and oral surgeons on the dangers of opioids and the non-addictive alternatives. He is leading a dentistry rehab program on painkillers and lecturing throughout the country on responsible prescribing techniques and how dentists can be a part of the opioid crisis solution. Story appeared in Milwaukee Business Journal
  • Students at Marquette University School of Dentistry and Wisconsin Dental Association have given out free check-ups and teeth cleanings to hundreds of children aged 16 and under as part of the annual "Give Kids a Smile Day". Watch FOX6 (WITI-TV) report