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Center for Dental Research Faculty

Center for Dental Research

The CDR was established in 1999 and seeks to fulfill Loma Linda University’s mission “to make man whole” through the following objectives:

  • Pursue the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Dentistry.
  • Conduct high quality, funded research in dental, clinical, and the basic sciences.
  • Create an environment conducive to research for faculty and students of the School of Dentistry.
  • Provide education and guidance to faculty and students in the development of dental research expertise.


The Center for Dental Research (CDR) is staffed by a team of highly experienced and respected researchers who provide assistance and support to both faculty and student research.

CDR Research Faculty

  • Yiming Li, DDS, MSD, PhD. Associate Dean for Research; Distinguished Professor, Restorative Dentistry (School of Dentistry) and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (School of Medicine)
  • Montry Suprono, DDS, MSD. Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry; Director, Center for Dental Research
  • Wu Zhang, MD. Professor, Dental Education Services; Director, Research Services, Center for Dental Research
  • Gina D. Roque-Torres, DDS, MSc, PhD. Assistant Professor, Dental Educational Services
  • Roberto Savignano, MS, PhD. Assistant Professor, Dental Educational Services
  • Zhe Zhong, DDS, PhD. Assistant Professor, Dental Educational Services

Faculty with CDR Appointment

  • Ahmed Khocht, DDS, MSD. Professor, Periodontics
  • Dwight Rice, DDS. Professor, Oral Diagnosis, Radiology and Pathology
  • Thomas Rogers, DDS, MA. Professor, Dental Educational Services
  • Clyde Roggenkamp, MA, DDS, MSD, MPH. Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Shelley Withers, MS, RDH. Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene

Faculty Conducting Research in Departments

  • Aladdin Al-Ardah, BDS, MS. Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Leif Bakland, DDS. Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Endodontics
  • Joseph Caruso, DDS, MS, MPH. Distinguished Professor, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Jung-Wei Chen, DDS, MS, PhD. Professor; Director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Eun-Hwi Cho, DDS. Assistant Professor, Dental Education Services
  • Charles Goodacre, DDS, MSD. Distinguished Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Brian Goodacre, DDS, MSD. Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Alan Herford, DDS, MD. Professor and Chair, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Rami Jekki, DDS. Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Joseph Kan, DDS, MS. Professor, Implant Dentistry
  • Mathew Kattadiyil, BDS, MDS, MS. Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Jessica Kim, DDS. Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Yoon Kim, DDS, MS Associate Professor, Periodontics
  • So Ran Kwon, DDS, MS, PhD, MS, Professor, Division of General Dentistry
  • Jaime Lozada, DDS. Professor; Director, Advanced Education Program in Implant Dentistry
  • Samah Omar, DDS. Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
  • Erik Sahl, DDS, MSD. Associate Professor, Periodontics
  • Tory Silvestrin, DDS, MSD, MSHPE. Associate Professor, Endodontics
  • Pooya Soltanzadeh, DDS, MS. Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry

Adjunct Faculty

  • Sean Lee, DDS. Adjunct Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Mahmoud Torabinejad, DMD, MSD, PhD. Adjunct Professor, Endodontics
  • Rodrigo Viecilli, DDS, PhD. Adjunct Associate Professor, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics