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What was your previous position and where?Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy, University of North Texas Health Science Center; prior to that, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Fla.
What brought you to LSU?The research excellence of the university and the opportunity to be on a campus in which all disciplines of academia from arts and humanities to the sciences were present was an attraction over a medical school setting. The physical beauty of the campus - oak trees, azaleas and architecture - also was impressive.
What is your research interest?I study the molecular basis of tooth eruption; i.e., what genes initiate and regulate tooth eruption.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?As a department head, my hopes are to see my department, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, continue to excel in biomedical research; to see the development in the department of a center for therapeutic and preventative medicine based on gene therapy and stem cell biology; and to continue hiring high quality NIH-funded faculty.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?I enjoy interactions with the faculty, staff, students and post-docs in my department who are committed to making my department and the School of Veterinary Medicine a national leader in biomedical research and teaching. Their pride in their work translates into academic excellence that brings the department, the SVM and LSU national recognition. I also enjoy interactions with faculty all across the campus whose academic accomplishments and loyalty to LSU reflect what a flagship university should be.
What are your major accomplishments?1) Continuously funded by the NIH for 18 years;
2) twice a recipient of the Gies Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Dental Research;
3) member of NIH Study Section for 4 years and chair of numerous NIH Special Emphasis Panels;
4) invited speaker to an American Association for Advancement of Science Symposium;
5) associate editor of various scientific journals;
6) invited participant to numerous NIH workshops;
7) member of Scientific Advisory Board of Conferences on Orthodontic Advances in Science and Technology;
8) have determined much of the molecular basis of tooth eruption; and
9) head of the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences which, for the past five years, has ranked among the top 10 departments at LSU in terms of federal extramural funding.